The City's 2021 Climate Action Pan ("CAP") provides a roadmap for reducing greenhouse gas emissions ("GHGs") through the implementation of various strategies, goals, actions and supporting measures.

CAP Update Project/Study overview:

At the end of 2017, the City initiated an effort with the help of SANDAG to reevaluate Escondido's Climate Action Plan to ensure compliance with updated state policies and regulations.  This required the City to reevaluate its GHG reduction targets, consistent with State guidelines, and develop new goals, quantitative actions, and qualitative supporting measures.  The City worked SANDAG and two consultant teams, EPIC and Ascent, to complete baseline inventory and forecasts; determine the appropriate GHG emissions reduction targets; and obtain public feedback about how to reduce our GHG emissions and prepare for adaptation, social equity, and environmental justice.  The CAP was adopted on March 10, 2021 by Resolution No. 2021-37. 

The overall process involved a substantial amount of community input, including public workshops, public comment periods, and regular input from various neighborhood groups. The goal of the planning process was to make sure that people's voices was heard and contributed towards community-supported solutions.  

To learn more about the planning process, the current status of the CAP's implementation, or to offer input or suggestions, please contact the Director of Community Development, Mike Strong at or 760-839-4556.

Received Public Comments (batched by date for posting)


Project items/materials:

All Project materials can be viewed at the Planning Division at City Hall, during normal business hours. 

Planning Process and Milestones:

  • Kick-off meeting with City staff, SANDAG and consultant teams (January 30, 2018) 
  • Draft Outreach Plan released on May 1, 2018 
  • Kick-off meeting with Planning Commission on May 8, 2018
  • Kick-off meeting with City Council on June 20, 2018
  • Finalized Outreach Plan
  • Completed baseline inventory and forecasts
  • Planning Commission review and acceptance of the public engagement approach on July 10, 2018
  • Researched and calculated reduction potential of various GHG reduction measures
  • Public Workshop on July 30, 2018
  • Release of a Request for Proposals to prepare environmental study (August 3, 2018)
  • Draft technical report on GHG baseline inventory and forecasts posted (August 17, 2018) 
  • Planning Commission meeting to review GHG inventory and report on August 28, 2018
  • Presentation of outreach results to Planning Commission on November 27, 2018
  • City Council meeting on January 16, 2019
  • City staff developed an adaptation and social equity strategy
  • City released draft Climate Action Plan for public review and comment on June 18, 2020
  • City Council meeting on June 24, 2020 to review next steps of the work program 
  • City released draft IS/MND for public review and comment on July 1, 2020 
  • City released draft CAP screening thresholds memo on July 17, 2020
  • Planning Commission presentation on July 28, 2020
  • Planning Commission presentation on August 11, 2020
  • Planning Commission presentation on August 25, 2020
  • Planning Commission presentation on September 8, 2020
  • Updated Draft CAP Update and response to ECAG comments posted on October 15, 2020
  • Planning Commission hearings on October 27, 2020, November 10, 2020, December 8, 2020, and January 12, 2021.
  • City Council adoption on March 10, 2021.