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County board adopts first environmental justice element for general plan



County Supervisors voted Wednesday, July 14, to adopt a first-ever Environmental Justice Element for the County’s general plan and heard updates on the county’s new Climate Action Plan and the regional zero-carbon plan they approved pursuing in January.

The county general plan guides community development in San Diego County’s unincorporated communities, setting the long-term vision for housing, jobs, infrastructure and public services.

The board’s unanimous vote to adopt the new Environmental Justice Element will help ensure the county’s general plan promotes fair treatment for people of all races, cultures and incomes when it comes to having access to safe and livable communities, and opportunities for civic engagement.

The Environmental Justice Element will also help to improve underserved communities that are more prone than others to have environmental disadvantages, like more exposure to air and chemical pollution because of traffic or industry, fewer public facilities, infrastructure and services, and less access to healthy food and recreation.

Board Chair Nathan Fletcher applauded the addition and said a lot of positive passion and energy went into developing the Environmental Justice element.

“I think the EJ element is absolutely essential, and I think it’s important,” Fletcher said. “I think it’s a wonderful addition to (the general plan).” READ MORE