Planning for Foodsheds and Bioregionalism in San Diego

APA California Chapter, San Diego Section


Friday, April 24, 2015
noon - 1:30 p.m. PDT

San Diego, CA,

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As San Diego grows, so too does the need for local food sources and the preservation of suitable agricultural land. This luncheon program focuses on the evolving landscape of agriculture in our region, trends in community development and the growing drivers for locally sourced food, economic impacts, environmental regulatory and land use planning policies and programs, including the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) program, and the academic research perspective of San Diego's food systems and food-water-energy nexus. Eric Larson, Executive Director of the San Diego Farm Bureau, will provide a background on agricultural development and lands in the San Diego Region, agricultural trends in San Diego, growing demand for local products and the limiting factors affecting agriculture land use in the region: water supply, immigration, pesticide use, etc. In addition, Karen Melvin, the Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/ Sealer Pesticide Regulation Program for the San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM) will present the role of the AWM Department, regulatory components on planning for agricultural land use, and the stakeholder working groups currently in place in the region (e.g., Alliance, Working Group, and Action Team). Melanie Tylke, a Land Use/Environmental Planner from the County of San Diego, Planning & Development Services, will present on the Agricultural Development and the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) programs. In addition, Ms. Tylke will present on the current initiatives underway to tie into urban aspects of agricultural land development, zoning and planning related issues, and the City versus County perspective/opportunities/programs. Keith Pezzoli PhD., Director - Urban Studies and Planning Program, and Professor of Teaching, Department of Communication, at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) will present on the regional research perspective and the role of the academic research and UC San Diego in the area. In addition, Dr. Pezzoli will present on how science and technology are used as tools in the study of foodsheds and bioregionalism and across a range of planning-related areas, including food systems and the creation of infrastructure. Dr. Pezzoli will present on a number of initiatives undertaken by the Sustainability Science Planning and Design Department/Group, as well as the problem driven research, in both urban and rural environments, with the key understanding of the food systems network trilemma (i.e., the food, water, energy nexus). Initiatives and studies that will be discussed include the identification of agricultural lands on brownfield redevelopment sites and city lands, the addressing of stormwater regulations and site infiltration, the role of environmental assessments, and the key work of organizations like the Ocean View Growing Lab. The Lab for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design (Lab) at UC San Diego is bringing diverse people and organizations together to collaboratively study and equitably improve how neighborhoods, cities and regions function. Bioregional theory, Rooted Community, Sustainability Science and Civic Engagement are integral to this effort. Dr. Pezzoli will be joined by Mr. Paul Watson, Jr., MSHS, President and CEO, The Global ARC, to describe the University-Community partnership that is building the Lab. They will briefly outline the Lab’s flagship project integrating Urban Agriculture, Food Forestry and Integrated Regional Watershed Management. As a summary to the program, the panelists will present their vision for the way ahead, and the ongoing opportunities for research, continued collaboration, and planning.