Natural Resources Element (Public Hearing Draft, 5/1/13)
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Natural Resources Implementation Measures

Biological Resources/Habitat
  1. Identify and protect riparian corridors through zoning, easements or other measures that ensure effective, long-term conservation.

  2. Develop a Riparian Corridors Overlay Zone as part of the Zoning Ordinance Update.

  3. Continue to provide public education materials regarding the City’s sensitive habitats, the values of watershed, biological resources and sensitive habitats and how to protect them.

  4. Amend the Zoning Ordinance to regulate the establishment or encroachment of non-compatible land uses or activities in habitat areas and passive open space, such as commercial uses, off-road motorized vehicle use, off-trail, non-motorized vehicle use, hang gliding, grading or other activities that conflict with biological conservation goals or policies.

  5. Working with community volunteers, conservation clubs, youth groups and non-profit agencies, help plan and support conservation activities such as habitat restoration, interpretive signage and tours, trail building, erosion control and litter removal.

Aesthetic Resources
  1. Review the Zoning Ordinance, Hillside Development Ordinance and other City standards to ensure regulations and guidelines adequately address ridgeline preservation, access roads, driveway and site design, and architectural and sign design to protect hillsides, coastal canyons and bluffs, and beaches.

  2. Develop a Tree Ordinance (refer to Urban Forest Implementation Measures for Urban Design Element).

  3. The City will develop and implement a utilities undergrounding plan to avoid the adverse impacts to aesthetic resources of public utilities and unmanned telecommunications facilities, where feasible and where costs of such undergrounding do not pose economic hardship. Where undergrounding is determined by the City to not be physically possible, such features shall be located and designed to reduce their visibility and in developed areas, consistent with prevailing architectural character and scale. In beaches, parks and open spaces areas, such facilities shall be designed and located to blend in with natural colors, textures and landforms.

Mineral Resources
  1. Maintain up-to-date information regarding the location of mineral resource zones in the City.

  2. Revise City ordinances to require that all proposals for mineral extraction and reclamation be reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council.

Air Quality
  1. Require development projects to utilize appropriate AQMD air quality mitigation measures.

  2. Implement greenhouse gas emission reduction measures of the City’s Climate Action Plan.

Energy
  1. Review and update the municipal code to further the goals, policies and measures of the Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Action Plan. Enforce provisions and establish additional energy performance requirements in the building code as information becomes available.

  2. Promote private utility programs for energy audits of existing structures and public education programs for energy conservation. The programs should define the current levels of use, compare these to current standards for similar types of structures, and prescribe corrective methods to improve conservation.

  3. Promote the retrofitting of buildings to help achieve energy conservation goals.

  4. Solicit state and federal funds to implement the City's energy conservation programs as such revenue becomes available.

  5. Ensure that energy conservation improvements for historic building, such as window replacements, shall preserve original historic features, materials, and details, consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Dark Skies
  1. Use the International Dark-Sky Association’s (IDA's) Model Lighting Ordinance to aid in developing outdoor lighting standards for residential and non-residential uses.

  2. Establish lighting zones that provide different guidelines and standards for different areas, recognizing their various safety, aesthetic and environmental constraints and functions.

  3. Establish a retrofitting plan for outdoor lighting at City buildings, streets and parks.

  4. Seek grant funding for City lighting upgrades, incentive programs, and new fixtures.

  5. Develop a dark sky public awareness campaign (e.g., April is Dark Sky Month, dark sky page on city's website, City Council proclamation, etc.).

  6. Collaborate with neighboring jurisdictions to identify the appropriate location and night lighting standards for a dark sky park.

  7. Review City Engineering standards for possible changes to public street lighting design and spacing to reduce light pollution, improve energy efficiency and maintain safety.

From Sustainability Action Plan:
  1. Consider potential for achieving LEED Operations and Maintenance certification, or the equivalent, for appropriate City facilities.

  2. Benchmark and sub-meter all City facilities.

  3. Consider point-of-sale efficiency retrofit requirements.

  4. Research opportunities for Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and Sustainable Communities Program (San Diego Gas &Electric) for renewable power on City facilities.

  5. Continue to promote energy conservation and educate residents on benefits of energy efficiency and solar power generation.

  6. Continue to promote utility sponsored programs and training for City staff, local businesses and residents.

  7. Approach SDG&E about forming a local government partnership to develop, operate and maintain energy resources using sustainable practices and materials.

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