Welcome to our long-term strategic plan page.

We are excited to work with the communities we serve to develop a plan that will provide direction and establish priorities for the next 3-5 years. The Strategic Plan will include the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District's (SDAPCD) vision and mission statement, goals, and actions SDAPCD will take to achieve those goals.

We have roles and responsibilities in many critical areas that can affect anyone who lives, works, or visits San Diego County, including:

  • Air Quality and Public Health - We monitor air quality to assess how the region compares with established state and federal standards, designed to protect public health and the environment.  Air pollution can create short and long term health effects, for this reason clean air is important to everyone's quality of life.  
  • Permitting and Air Quality Concerns - We ensure facilities and operations that can emit air pollutants are permitted and comply with all applicable air quality rules and regulations.. We respond to air quality concerns, such as odors, truck idling, smoke, dust, and improper asbestos removal by conducting an investigation usually within 24 hours from when the concern is reported. . 
  • Planning, Rules, and Incentives - We work to help future generations have clean air through long-term regional plans to reduce unhealthful pollution levels and develop air quality rules. We also offer grant funding to help residents, schools, government agencies, and businesses transition to cleaner technologies. 
  • Community and Environmental Justice – We work collaboratively with communities that have been historically overburdened by air pollution to implement actions that will help achieve cleaner air.

We are committed to meaningful engagement and value your input throughout this strategic planning process to move us towards a plan that supports our vision of Clean Air for All.  To learn more about us, click here.

Leave a Comment

Thank you to everyone that submitted feedback during our initial comment period. We are currently developing the draft Long-Term Strategic Plan and will be available for public comment in late April.

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Select one of the five focus areas below to share your ideas and suggestions with SDAPCD. 

  • Air Quality
  • Public Health
  • Environmental Justice and Equity
  • Public Engagement and Transparency
  • Operational Excellence
  • Other

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

Attend one of our workshops to learn how the strategic plan affects the region and submit your feedback in an engaging environment. 

   Virtual Community Forum

   SDAPCD Strategic Planning and Community Forum
   Date: 2/8/2024  
   Time: 5:00 PM

  View Recording of Community Forum 

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Strategic planning is an organizational management activity to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to a changing environment. It is a disciplined effort that produces fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, who it serves, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future. Effective strategic planning articulates not only where an organization is going and the actions needed to make progress, but also how it will know if it is successful.

SDAPCD has planned for broad engagement of residents, businesses, community stakeholders, nonprofits and community-based organizations, elected officials, and SDAPCD management and staff. Our hope is to engage as many people in our community as possible and provide the opportunity for all to be involved in the process and provide input. 

SDAPCD Board Members, elected officials, community-based organizations, SDAPCD leadership and staff will be invited to participate in group and individual interviews or respond to surveys to provide their input. Residents will also be able to leave comments and send ideas to SDAPCD via this website. SDAPCD will host a virtual forum on January 31, 2024. At the forum, community members can brainstorm ideas for SDAPCD's future with their fellow residents. Sign up for strategic plan updates here

The strategic plan is a document that we will use to define the future vision for the SDAPCD. Having a strategic plan allows us to:

Communicate our priorities within a forward-thinking and clear framework so we can make effective budget and policy decisions and secure the resources we need to sustain the organization into the future. Maintain a guiding "north star”, providing stability and more certainty in the face of election cycles, changes in leadership, economic fluctuations, and changes to the state and federal regulatory environments. This gives us greater ability to influence and steer SDAPCD’s future direction and make better decisions during turbulent times.


Questions, concerns, or ideas regarding the Strategic Plan and requests for additional information should be forwarded to the SDAPCD Strategic Plan Coordinator: 

Araceli Angulo
San Diego County Air Pollution Control District
10124 Old Grove Road
San Diego, CA 92131