The City's 2013 Climate Action Pan ("CAP") provides a roadmap for reducing greenhouse gas emissions ("GHGs") through the implementation of various strategies, goals, actions and supporting measures.

Although the City of Escondido was one of the first group of cities to prepare and adopt a CAP in the San Diego region, a lot has changed since then.  We need to reassess Escondido's GHG emissions and seek out solutions for reducing our community's carbon footprint.  Much of this work has been completed, but there is more work to be done to make sure that the updated CAP reflects community-supported solutions.  In June 2020, the City released a draft update to the Climate Action Plan for public comment.  The goal is to check in to make sure that the draft CAP, along with its proposed measures and reductions, are consistent with the City's vision for future climate action planning.  The City also released an Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration ("IS/MND") to study the impacts that the draft CAP might have on the environment.  The following links provide access to each public review document.

Draft CAP and Public Review Documents (posted June 25, 2020)

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 means that we will reevaluate GHG reduction targets consistent with State guidelines, refine existing Climate Action Plan strategies, and potentially develop new goals, quantitative actions, and qualitative supporting measures.  Much of this work is expected to occur in 2018-2019, with potential CAP adoption in late summer or early fall 2020. 

How the City is reviewing the Project/Study:

The City is working with SANDAG and two consultant teams, EPIC and Ascent, to complete baseline inventory and forecasts; and determine the appropriate GHG emissions reduction targets.  Once this work is complete, the community will be asked to provide some feedback about how we can effectively reduce our GHG emissions, in consideration of the 2013 CAP framework; as well as other, potential measures or strategies to reduce emissions. 

It is anticipated that the overall process will involve substantial community input, including public workshops, public comment periods, and regular input from various neighborhood groups. The Climate Action Plan Update will provide an opportunity for our community to make their voices heard. It is anticipated that this Project website will be used to keep all stakeholders informed about the process, and City staff will update it regularly to include changes to the schedule and/or other information so that all community members know how to stay involved.

What is needed from the public:

One of the goals of the update is to develop a CAP that helps the state meet its targets, while meeting our goals of maintaining community character and creating livable, sustainable neighborhoods.  Community-supported solutions are needed.  We need your input to determine what the CAP will look like.  The draft CAP and IS/MND has been recently released for public review and comment.  If you or someone you know is willing to have staff come to your home or business, to meet with you and your neighbors, please let us know.  We would be happy to coordinate a tailored outreach program to you, your neighbors, and any other interested parties. 

To learn more about the planning process, the current status of the Project, or to offer input, please contact the Director of Community Development, Mike Strong at mstrong@escondido.org or 760-839-4556.

Received Public Comments (batched by date for posting)

E-newsletters and Project handouts:

If you would like to be added to the notification list, please contact the staff planner listed above.

Project items/materials:

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

This portion of the Project website documents the latest efforts to keep all participants up to date on what is going on.  It highlights key milestones of the City's review process to keep stakeholders informed of key Project activities throughout the whole planning process.

Where we have been:

  • 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

What's next:

  • Finalize CAP with public input and public hearings