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Supervisors to hear county progress report

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will hear an update on the progress of the county's general plan Wednesday.

All counties are required by state law to submit the annual progress report, which stands as a measuring stick on the general plan's implementation. It has to be presented to the supervisors by April 1 each year.

Housing issues and major projects outlined in the general plan are specifically addressed in the report, alongside a general review and summary of planning activities for unincorporated portions of the county within the previous calendar year.

It also identifies ongoing and completed relevant planning activities, programs, and permits.

Copies of the report have to be sent to the state Office of Planning and Research and the State Housing and Community Development Department to fulfill statutory requirements.

The Housing and Community Development Department looks every year at each county's progress in meeting its share of regional housing needs, and local efforts to remove governmental constraints to the development of housing.

Amendments to airport policy

Also on Wednesday, the board will hear for the second time a proposal to amend the Schedule of Rates and Charges and Use Control Policy for the eight county-run airports.

The proposed changes, the county said, will not alter any existing fees to airport users but will, rather, clarify the document.

"Changes are aimed at better explaining and defining County practices throughout the document," the county summary reads.

The Schedule of Rates and Charges and Use Control Policy was first established by the Board of Supervisors in 1975.

It includes provisions for the use of county airports and establishes rates and charges applicable to activities conducted at airport facilities.

Airports within its jurisdiction include Agua Caliente, Borrego Valley, Fallbrook Airpark, Gillespie Field, Jacumba, McClellan-Palomar, Ocotillo and Ramona.

Though minor amendments have been made to the policy in the past, the county said a comprehensive review has not been completed since its adoption.

One noted change that would come is that authority to award short-term, low-value leases and licenses to use airport property would be delegated to the director of airports, Peter Drinkwater.

The board meeting is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the north chamber at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway.

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