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Alpine Community Plan Update: Zoning and Design Guidelines Workshop – March 2, 2019

The County of San Diego’s Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS) invites you to attend a public meeting of the Alpine Community Plan Update: Zoning and Design Guidelines Workshop. At this workshop, attendees will learn about the community’s existing zoning and design review process, hear about the update of the County’s Land Development Code and provide input on future zones and design related policies for the Alpine community.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM at the Alpine Community Center (1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901). Parking is provided on-site.

Visit the Alpine Community Plan Update website for more information and to sign up for our e-mail list:

For more information, please e-mail or call Sandi Sawa Hazlewood at:
Phone: (858) 495-5465

My Take – Alpine Revitalization: By Mary Harris

My Take – Alpine Revitalization – By Mary Harris, February 2019

I am always happy to hear when Dianne Jacob is coming to town. She rolled in with her posse to head up the Revitalization Meeting. What follows are my observations.

While talk of integrating sports programs at Joan Macqueen Middle School with other community facilities and sports fields and venues were discussed, the bigger news was about the new park! Choosing to save the best for last, find details near the end.

Chamber of Commerce director, Alex Ward, had done his homework, providing multiple suggestions, including sprucing up the Triangle, the area behind the Tag Stop where Arnold Way and Alpine Boulevard merge at the traffic signal and renovating the ‘Welcome to Alpine’ sign.  He boasted of the project in which the Chamber has partnered with BCLT to install native plants and even native oak trees along Alpine Boulevard.

Mr. Green, of BCLT, shared his success in getting a grant that helped with funding the purchase of native plants and young oaks for the Alpine Boulevard project. The Engelmann Oak, a threatened species, was top choice for the tree selection, but it appears that the Coastal Live Oak was chosen instead, unless an Engelman was added since this writing.

Tom Myers, of the Historical Society, received grant money which will pay for the restoration of the concrete floor of the Carriage House. Grant money is available for projects deemed worthy, through the Community Enhancement Project. Ms. Jacob cautioned that the grant’s application deadline is coming up in March. Money went for the removal of eucalyptus trees at the museum site on Tavern Road, as well, and native Oaks were planted in their place.

Public Works was able to obtain grant money for improving a sidewalk at the Rios Canyon School. The ACPG chairman stressed improved circulation. The ACPG suffered a loss when Circulation Specialist, Jim Lundquist, resigned last year. Neville gave a detailed presentation explaining the needs of better circulation for the purpose of fire safety. More development necessitates road improvements.

The HIGHLIGHT was the announcement that the county is just steps away from purchasing long awaited parkland. On Wednesday, February 27 at 9 am. a public hearing will be held regarding this landmark purchase. It is almost time to break open the champagne bottles!  After twenty years of persistence, during which some of our elected officials had given up on getting a county park, we will finally taste the fruit of our labors. The maintenance issue was a hang up until recently because of a law prohibiting the county from being able to provide maintenance for new parks. Thankfully, that changed! Of the near hundred acres, ten to twenty acres are purposed for an active County Park. The remainder is slotted for open space. The County is considering options as to which nonprofit entity may be chosen to manage the open space part of the parkland.

Ms. Jacob clearly stated that Alpine shouldn’t short itself when it comes to choosing park amenities, and Bill Saumier, of County Parks and Recreation, assured me that a dog park will be included. Look for announcements of meetings encouraging community participation on Alpine Community Network, and the Alpine Sun. The rewards of becoming involved in the community where we live are feeling a part of creating a supportive environment for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.





​Alpine Revitalization Meeting Held in January 2019 Proves Informative & Energetic

The possibility of a high school as well as a county park kept interest high at the latest Alpine Community Revitalization Meeting

By Jo Moreland – Alpine Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Alpine’s leaders, business people, organization representatives, agencies, residents and county staff also discussed the latest news about road paving, local signage and other needs.
County Supervisor Dianne Jacob handed out praise as she led the Jan. 24 session in the Alpine Library at 1752 Alpine Blvd. “I think this was excellent,” Jacob said after the meeting. “It helps me and the other county people to know what the needs are and what we need to do.”
The county supervisor said the park proposal, which will be discussed at the county board’s Feb. 13 meeting, is “definitely a priority.” Final board approval is needed to buy 98 acres of land abutting the Wright’s Field preserve, which is owned and maintained by the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT).
BCLT Vice President George Barnett said it was “absolutely wonderful” to hear Jacob speak enthusiastically about the county buying the balance of Wright’s Field and intending to use it for community access. He said it was also good to hear her fully support the proposed upgrade of sports playing fields at Joan MacQueen Middle School, because both projects benefit Alpine.
Almost everyone leaned forward to hear Travis Lyon, an Alpine Union School District (AUSD) board member, talk about the latest effort to get a high school in Alpine.
It might be done by using Alpine Elementary School in some way, Lyon said. “We’re undergoing a process right now to identify options for the future,” AUSD Superintendent Dr. Rich Newman said in an interview. “They’ve identified nine options to date.” Newman said a Superintendent’s Advisory Task Force of parents, staff, community members and school site administrators are developing a proposal for the school board. “We’re really seeking community input,” so a number of public forums will be held, he said. “My goal is the board will hear the recommendations in February and in March the board will make a decision after the community forums.”
President Neville Connell of the Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council revealed that research after Alpine’s West Fire on July 6 shows that roads have an impact on fire prevention and safety. The blaze destroyed or damaged 38 homes and 36 other buildings. There was very little damage to buildings on east-west roads in the fire area, but defending structures on roads that “spread out like fingers” was more difficult and those buildings were more prone to damage, Connell said. “It provided us with some very interesting conclusions in how development should go forward in Alpine,” he said
A partnership between the Alpine Chamber of Commerce and BCLT to beautify Alpine Boulevard is trying to work with county permit and insurance requirements in order to pursue the project, Chamber Executive Director Alex Ward and Jon Green, BCLT outreach and program director, told Jacob.  “You’re doing great work,” she replied after encouraging them to work with county personnel and to contact her office if that didn’t work out.
Mary Kay Borchard, a volunteer community representative with the revitalization committee, said she thought the meeting was positive for Alpine’s development. “I would invite and encourage any interested resident to attend the next Alpine revitalization meeting on June 27, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Alpine Library,” Borchard said.
Jo Moreland, Communications
Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 208
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-2722

Alpine Chamber of commerce Logo Alpine Ca 91901Jo Moreland, Communications
Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 208
Alpine, CA 91901
(619) 445-2722


PUBLIC MEETING: Alpine Community Plan Update – Planning Concepts Workshop – January 26, 2019

PUBLIC MEETING: Alpine Community Plan Update – Planning Concepts Workshop – January 26, 2019 (Saturday). The County of San Diego Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS) would like to invite you to attend the third public meeting of the Alpine Community Plan Update: the Planning Concepts Workshop. At this workshop, attendees will learn about the community’s existing land uses and have the opportunity to provide input on the future land use and mobility plans for Alpine. The workshop will be on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Alpine Community Center (1830 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901). Parking is provided on-site.

For more information on the Alpine Community Plan Update, please visit our project website: 

Or you may call/email Sandi Sawa Hazlewood, Alpine Community Plan Update Project Manager at: Email:

Phone: (858) 495-5465


Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) SPECIAL MEETING to VOTE on Draft Community Plan Goals – January 10, 2019

The Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) has re-scheduled their vote on the draft Community Plan goals and policies to a special meeting held on January 10th, 2019. The meeting will start at 6pm and be held at the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901. Materials from the prior Community Planning Group meeting (including two staff presentations, the historic and new draft goals and policies matrices as well as the strike through underline version of the Community Plan) can be found on the project website.

Please feel free to contact Sandi Sawa Hazlewood at 858.495.5465 or or Robert Efird at (858) 495-5463 or for additional information.

Alpine Community Plan Update October 2018 Meeting Summary

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Thank you to those community members who were able to attend the special Community Planning Group meeting on October 11th to discuss the draft goals and policies for the Alpine Community Plan. We appreciate your time and input. (,

The Alpine Community Plan Update (update) will revise the existing 1979 Alpine Community Plan (amended in December 2016) to reflect the vision for the community. While the updated community plan must remain consistent with the goals and policies in the General Plan and other relevant County plans and programs, the Community Plan has the same legal authority as the County General Plan.


The update will include revisions to the goals and policies (the written vision for the community) and include topics such as land use, housing, mobility, public facilities and services, safety, conservation, open space, and recreation. Maps for land use and transportation/”mobility” will be developed based on the goals and policies and zoning/design guidelines will be updated. The update will also include an implementation plan.

As a part of the update, the Board of Supervisors provided direction to staff in June of 2014 and December 2015 to establish a special feasibility study boundary and draft comprehensive amendments to Areas of Consideration (AOCs) AL-5, 6, and 7. During scope development, AOCs AL-3, 4, and 11B were added. The market feasibility analysis will provide information related to land costs and used to determine appropriate land use densities with the infrastructure study will include an assessment of costs for infrastructure such as roads, water, sewer, electricity, and fire protection.

Project Timeline

The Alpine Community Plan update will be conducted over an approximate 36-month period. Below are the phases and durations of the project:

1. Project Initiation Spring 2017 – Fall 2017
2. Research Existing Conditions Fall 2017 – Winter 2017 / 2018
3. Analysis Summer 2018 – Summer 2019
4. Draft Community Plan/SEIR Summer 2019 – Spring 2020
5. Final Community Plan/SEIR Spring 2020 – Summer 2020
6. Final PC / BOS Summer 2020

How to Get Involved

The Alpine Community Plan update will have multiple opportunities for stakeholder involvement throughout the entire update process.

Materials presented at workshops and presentations will also be made available on the project website after each event. The Public Outreach and Engagement Plan provides additional information about the public outreach plan.

Materials for Public Review

Upcoming Meetings

Goals and Policies Meeting #2
Alpine Community Planning Group Meeting
October 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Alpine Community Center
1830 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, CA 91901

The purpose of this meeting is to continue the discussion of the draft goals and policies for the Alpine Community Plan as well as receive any new proposed goals and policies. Materials provided for the October 11th meeting can be found below.

Draft Goals and Policies Review Instructions 
Draft Goals and Policies Comment Form Matrix
Draft Goals and Policies in Strike Through Underline format 
Acronyms used in the documents 
Applicable General Plan Policies 
New Goals and Policy Proposal Form

The following materials were also prepared for the meeting:

October 11, 2018 Staff Presentation
Meeting Summary
Diagram of Community Plan Consensus/Issues of Varying Community Input
General Plan Guiding Principles and “Triple Bottom Line” from Visioning/Existing Conditions Workshop

Goals and Policies Meeting #3
Special Alpine Community Planning Group Meeting
November 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm.
Alpine Community Center
1830 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, CA 91901

The Alpine Community Planning Group plan to vote on the proposed goals and policies at this meeting.

Plan Concepts and Zoning/Design Guidelines Workshop. Winter 2019.


Previous Meetings and Materials

Goals and Policies Meeting #1
Special Alpine Community Planning Group Meeting
October 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm.
Alpine Community Center
1830 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, CA 91901

This meeting discussed the draft goals and policies for the Alpine Community Plan.

SEIR Scoping Meeting
September 18, 2018
Alpine Library, Community Meeting Room
1752 Alpine Boulevard, Alpine, CA 91901

The meeting explained the potential environmental effects identified in the Initial Study and how members of the public can submit a comment in preparation of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR).

Preliminary Draft Changes to Community Plan Goals and Policies

  1. Goals & Policies Review Instructions (PDF)
  2. Goals & Policies Update Overview (PDF)
  3. Goals & Policies Review Matrices (Excel)
  4. Goals & Policies Review Matrices (PDF)
  5. Goals & Policies Strike-through/Underline (PDF)

Visioning/Existing Conditions Workshop

This meeting reviewed the community’s physical and economic existing conditions and gathered input about the community’s vision for the future.

January 6, 2018
Meeting Agenda
Tabletop Exercise Maps
Wall Posters of Input from Scope Review Meeting

Community Plan Scope Review Meeting

This initial meeting provided an overview of the scope of the update and included an opportunity for stakeholders to provide preliminary input related to existing conditions.

June 27, 2017
Meeting Agenda
Exhibit Boards
NOTE: File contains 19 presentation boards and is approximately 35 MB. May download slowly.


For More Information

If you have additional questions about the Alpine Community Plan update, please e-mail or call 858-495-5465


Should you want to propose a new goal or policy, please submit the completed form by October 25th. You can email them to Sandi or bring them to Community Planning Group meeting that night.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sandi Sawa Hazlewood
Land Use/Environmental Planner
County of San Diego
Planning & Development Services| Advance Planning Division
5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 310 | San Diego, CA 92123
Office: (858) 495-5465 |