Report 2012-109 Recommendation 6 Responses

Report 2012-109: City of San Diego: Although It Generally Followed Requirements for Reviewing Permits, It Could Do More to Protect Historical Resources and to Notify the Public Properly About Its Actions (Release Date: April 2013)

Recommendation #6 To: San Diego Mayor's Office, City of

To provide the public proper notice of San Diego's environmental determinations within five days of the final approval of a project in accordance with the CEQA guidelines, Development Services should develop procedures to ensure that its staff file the determination notices in a timely manner. For example, to avoid delays, Development Services should require its staff to collect and submit to the county the filing fee for each determination notice within five business days of the final approval of a project.

Agency Response*

The City has updated Procedure 4.04 directing staff to file the Notice of Determination within 5 days of final project approval.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Completion Date: April 2014
  • Response Date: April 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Fully Implemented


Agency Response*

Development Services has revised Procedure 4.04 to ensure that notices of environmental determinations are filed with the County Recorder in a timely manner, as required by CEQA and the State CEQA Guidelines. As part of this issue, Development Services is working with the City Treasures and County Clerk to determine a process whereby filing fees for environmental notices can be paid within existing cash handling rules.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2013
  • Response Date: October 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending

The city did not provide a copy of its written procedures to substantiate its claim of full implementation.


Agency Response*

Development Services will revise its written procedures to ensure that notice of environmental determinations notices are filed with the County Recorder in a timely manner, as required by CEQA and the State CEQA Guidelines. As part of this issue, Development Services is working with the City Treasures and County Clerk to determine a process whereby filing fees for environmental notices can be paid within existing cash handling rules.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Estimated Completion Date: 10/15/2013
  • Response Date: June 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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