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Park Lands Dedication Ordinance (PLDO)

Background

The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation’s mission includes providing a world-class park system that helps build strong and sustainable communities. Parks and recreation facilities are key components of the County’s Live Well San Diego vision; they give residents space to exercise, recreate and gather which supports physical and mental well-being. One of the ways the County provides parks for its growing population is through the  Park Lands Dedication Ordinance (PLDO) which requires new residential development projects to dedicate park land for their new residents and/or pay park impact fees to the County so that parks can be developed.

The PLDO was originally adopted on December 19, 1972 (33). The Board of Supervisors adopted a comprehensive update to the PLDO on July 25, 2018(4) The PLDO requires dedication of parks, payment of park impact fees, or a combination of both for residential development projects. For residential subdivisions and condominiums with 50 or more dwelling units, the County may require dedication of park lands. Payment of park impact fees are required for all other residential development projects.

PLDO - Private Development Information 

Below are links to the PLDO, relevant Board Policies, the Park Design Manual, and the Parks Master Plan.

Park Lands Dedication Ordinance
Board Policy F-26: Utilization of Park Lands Dedication Ordinance Fees and Interest
Board Policy I-44: Procedure for Designing New County-Owned Local Parks
Board Policy I-136: Comprehensive Goals and Policies for Community Facilities Districts 
Board Policy G-19: Design Guidelines and Standards for County Parks and Recreational Facilities
Park Design Manual
Parks Master Plan
Project Issue Resolution

The PLDO divides the County into 24 Local Park Planning Areas (LPPAs) that coincide with Community and Subregional Plan boundaries in the County’s General Plan. Each LPPA requires different rates of park impact fees or park land dedication per dwelling unit. PLDO park impact fees are based on land acquisition and park construction costs within each LPPA. 

PLDO park impact fees are paid at issuance of a building permit for a dwelling unless previously paid or exempted by the PLDO. Please note that park impact fees for permits issued only in the unincorporated areas are collected by the  Department of Planning and Development Services on behalf of the Department of Parks and Recreation. When an application for a dwelling is submitted, the Building Division will verify if the fees have previously been paid or notify the applicant that the fees will be due at permit issuance. 

Below are a tables of PLDO park impact fees and park land dedication requirements for each LPPA and a map of Local Park Planning Areas.  The fees listed below are effective January 1, 2019. 

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SINGLE-FAMILY DWELLING UNIT PLDO PARK IMPACT FEES

LOCAL PARK PLANNING AREA LAND ACQUISITION IMPACT FEE* PARK IN-LIEU IMPACT FEE** PARK IMPROVEMENT IMPACT FEE ADMINISTRATION FEE TOTAL PARK IMPACT FEE

Alpine

$430

$430

$4,787

$104

$5,322

Barona

$387

$387

$4,593

$100

$5,079

Bonsall

$836

$836

$4,600

$109

$5,544

Central Mountain

$637

$637

$3,790

$89

$4,516

County Islands

$1,410

$1,410

$6,893

$166

$8,469

Crest-Dehesa

$639

$639

$4,554

$104

$5,296

Desert

$56

$56

$3,619

$73

$3,748

Fallbrook

$583

$583

$4,810

$108

$5,500

Jamul

$547

$547

$4,707

$105

$5,360

Julian

$195

$195

$4,782

$100

$5,077

Lakeside

$456

$456

$4,802

$105

$5,363

Mountain Empire

$66

$66

$4,512

$92

$4,669

North County Metro

$651

$651

$4,652

$106

$5,409

North Mountain

$196

$196

$4,774

$99

$5,069

Otay

$1,122

$1,122

$6,541

$153

$7,816

Pala-Pauma

$300

$300

$4,483

$96

$4,879

Pendleton-De Luz

$161

$161

$5,477

$113

$5,751

Rainbow

$138

$138

$5,140

$106

$5,383

Ramona

$415

$415

$4,930

$107

$5,452

San Dieguito

$2,907

$2,907

$5,413

$166

$8,486

Spring Valley

$1,290

$1,290

$5,641

$139

$7,070

Sweetwater

$1,834

$1,834

$5,898

$155

$7,887

Valle De Oro

$979

$979

$5,422

$128

$6,529

Valley Center

$473

$473

$4,806

$106

$5,385

*Non-Subdivision Residential Project

 

 

 

 

 

**Subdivision Residential Project

 

 

 

 

 

MULTI-FAMILY DWELLING UNIT PLDO PARK IMPACT FEES

LOCAL PARK PLANNING AREA

LAND ACQUISITION IMPACT FEE*

PARK IN-LIEU IMPACT FEE**

PARK IMPROVEMENT IMPACT FEE

ADMINSTRATION FEE

TOTAL PARK IMPACT FEE

Alpine

$409

$409

$4,556

$99

$5,064

Barona

$470

$470

$5,588

$121

$6,179

Bonsall

$788

$788

$4,330

$102

$5,220

Central Mountain

$479

$479

$2,850

$67

$3,396

County Islands

$1,457

$1,457

$7,125

$172

$8,754

Crest-Dehesa

$636

$636

$4,531

$103

$5,270

Desert

$51

$51

$3,328

$68

$3,446

Fallbrook

$619

$619

$5,109

$115

$5,843

Jamul

$452

$452

$3,885

$87

$4,423

Julian

$185

$185

$4,505

$94

$4,783

Lakeside

$443

$443

$4,675

$102

$5,221

Mountain Empire

$60

$60

$4,145

$84

$4,290

North County Metro

$625

$625

$4,465

$102

$5,192

North Mountain

$184

$184

$4,488

$93

$4,765

Otay

$847

$847

$4,937

$116

$5,900

Pala-Pauma

$254

$254

$3,802

$81

$4,138

Pendleton-De Luz

$155

$155

$5,260

$108

$5,523

Rainbow

$123

$123

$4,594

$94

$4,812

Ramona

$412

$412

$4,892

$106

$5,410

San Dieguito

$2,987

$2,987

$5,563

$171

$8,721

Spring Valley

$1,270

$1,270

$5,551

$136

$6,958

Sweetwater

$1,767

$1,767

$5,682

$149

$7,597

Valle De Oro

$918

$918

$5,085

$120

$6,124

Valley Center

$377

$377

$3,827

$84

$4,288

*Non-Subdivision Residential Project

 

 

 

 

 

**Subdivision Residential Project

 

 

 

 

 

ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT PLDO PARK IMPACT FEES

LOCAL PARK PLANNING AREA

LAND ACQUISITION IMPACT FEE*

PARK IN-LIEU IMPACT FEE**

PARK IMPROVEMENT IMPACT FEE

ADMINSTRATION FEE

TOTAL PARK IMPACT FEE

Alpine

$302

$302

$3,366

$73

$3,741

Barona

$284

$284

$3,366

$73

$3,723

Bonsall

$612

$612

$3,366

$80

$4,058

Central Mountain

$479

$479

$2,850

$67

$3,396

County Islands

$689

$689

$3,366

$81

$4,136

Crest-Dehesa

$473

$473

$3,366

$77

$3,916

Desert

$47

$47

$3,073

$62

$3,183

Fallbrook

$408

$408

$3,366

$75

$3,849

Jamul

$392

$392

$3,366

$75

$3,833

Julian

$138

$138

$3,366

$70

$3,574

Lakeside

$320

$320

$3,366

$74

$3,760

Mountain Empire

$49

$49

$3,366

$68

$3,483

North County Metro

$471

$471

$3,366

$77

$3,914

North Mountain

$138

$138

$3,366

$70

$3,574

Otay

$578

$578

$3,366

$79

$4,023

Pala-Pauma

$209

$209

$3,129

$67

$3,405

Pendleton-De Luz

$99

$99

$3,366

$69

$3,534

Rainbow

$90

$90

$3,366

$69

$3,525

Ramona

$284

$284

$3,366

$73

$3,723

San Dieguito

$1,808

$1,808

$3,366

$103

$5,277

Spring Valley

$770

$770

$3,366

$83

$4,219

Sweetwater

$1,047

$1,047

$3,366

$88

$4,501

Valle De Oro

$608

$608

$3,366

$79

$4,053

Valley Center

$332

$332

$3,366

$74

$3,772

*Non-Subdivision Residential Project

 

 

 

 

 

**Subdivision Residential Project

 

 

 

 

 

Square Feet of Park Land Dedication Per Dwelling Unit/Lot

LOCAL PARK PLANNING AREA SINGLE FAMILY MULTI-FAMILY ACCESSORY 

Alpine

372.43

331.93

196.02

Barona

331.93

501.81

196.02

Bonsall

367.21

320.17

196.02

Central Mountain

328.01

165.96

165.96

County Islands

504.42

544.94

196.02

Crest-Dehesa

360.68

356.76

196.02

Desert

291.42

240.45

196.02

Fallbrook

368.52

420.79

196.02

Jamul

384.20

240.45

196.02

Julian

295.37

246.99

196.02

Lakeside

377.67

355.45

196.02

Mountain Empire

376.35

312.33

196.02

North County Metro

346.30

313.63

196.02

North Mountain

294.03

261.36

196.02

Otay

500.50

287.50

196.02

Pala-Pauma

432.55

313.63

196.02

Pendleton-De Luz

443.01

405.11

196.02

Rainbow

382.90

287.50

196.02

Ramona

390.73

384.20

196.02

San Dieguito

360.68

386.81

196.02

Spring Valley

416.87

401.19

196.02

Sweetwater

376.36

338.46

196.02

Valle De Oro

368.52

309.71

196.02

Valley Center

386.81

215.62

196.02

Planning and Sponsor Group Information 

Please use the Local Park Planning Area map below or use the PDS – Zoning & Property Information Tool in the County of San Diego Public Web Map Gallery to identify the applicable Local Park Planning Area and community.

PLDO Local Park Planning Area Map


CONTACT INFORMATION

For additional information on the Park Lands Dedication Ordinance, Park Impact Fees, or Local Park Planning Area, please contact Emmet Aquino at (858) 966-1351 or emmet.aquino@sdcounty.ca.gov.

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