Public Review Notice for the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Cottonwood Sand Mining Project. Concerned citizens should provide written comments during the NOP period from October 24, 2019 through 4:00pm on Friday November 22, 2019 (a 30-day period). The County will conduct a public scoping meeting at the Hillsdale Middle School at 1301 Brabham Street in Rancho San Diego on Monday November 4, 2019 at 6:00pm. Please be there with all your neighbors!


There will also be a Valle De Oro Community Planning Group meeting on Tuesday November 5, 2019 at 7:00pm at Otay Water District Headquarters - Lower Terrace Training Room, 2554 Sweetwater Springs Boulevard, Spring Valley where Board members invite the public to share their comments regarding Cottonwood Sand Mining Project's preparation of their EIR. PLEASE come to both meetings!


Draft Project Description for the Cottonwood Sand Mining Project submitted to the County of San Diego Planning & Development Services (PDS) at a pre-application meeting on May 10, 2018

Major Use Permit Application & Updated 11/19/2018 Project Description

Plot Plan

Discretionary Permit Application


May 31, 2019 County of San Diego Planning & Development Services (PDS) Scoping Letter to developer outlining major project issues requiring resolution for project to be recommended for approval.

November 8, 2018 County of San Diego Planning & Development Services (PDS) letter to developer providing a summary of the major issues discussed at the May 10, 2018 pre-application conference, key decisions or determination, and items that must be submitted for project application processing

November 19, 2018 County of San Diego Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS) Notice To Property Owners regarding zoning application 


The Valle de Oro Community Planning Area encompasses approximately nineteen square miles of the unincorporated portion of the County of San Diego. The Planning Area is located to the south of the City of El Cajon and to the east of the city of La Mesa. Several neighborhoods are located within Valle de Oro. Those include: Casa de Oro, Mount Helix, Vista Grande Hills and Rancho San Diego. 

November 6, 2018 Valle de Oro Community Planning Group Monthly Meeting/Cottonwood Sand Mining Project Presentation - Notes for the community taken by STOP Cottonwood Sand Mine Steering Committee

Valle De Oro Community Plan Land Use Map

Valle De Oro Community Plan / San Diego County General Plan

Valle De Oro Community Planning Group Roster 2019


August 12, 2017 "A Tale of Two Golf Courses" by J. Harry Jones

November 14, 2018 "Proposed Sand Mining Project at Cottonwood Golf Club Faces Pushback" by Karen Pearlman

November 26, 2018 "Sand Mine Proposed at Cottonwood Golf Site: Residents Opposed Set Community Meeting November 28" by Miriam Raftery

November 28, 2018 "Owner of Cottonwood Golf Club in El Cajon Wants To Turn It Into A Sand Mine" by Matt Boone

November 28, 2018 "Some For, Others Against Plan to Turn Golf Course Into Sand Mine" by Omari Fleming

November 29, 2018 "Golf Course Community Organizes Against Proposed Sand Mine Project in East County" by Anthony Pura

November 28, 2018 "Residents Concerned With Plan to Turn Cottonwood Golf Course into a Sand Mine" by John Soderman

November 29, 2018 "Plan to Turn Cottonwood GC into Sand Mine Draws Protests" by Joe Barks

December 3, 2018 "Sand Mine Proposed for Golf Course Brings Rancho SD, Jamul Residents Out in Protest" by Karen Pearlman

December 5, 2018 "Opponents of Sand Mine Proposed at Cottonwood Golf in Rancho San Diego Pack Community Meeting" by Paul Kruze

December 14, 2018 "Proposal to Turn Cottonwood Golf Course into Sand Mine Meets Community Opposition" by Ana Nita

December 21, 2018 "Nearly 2,200 Residents Express Opposition to Cottonwood Sand Mine"

January 17, 2019 "Cottonwood Sand Mine On Agenda Feb. 12 For Jamul-Dulzura Planning Group" by Miriam Raftery

July 9, 2019 "County Letter on Cottonwood Sand Mine Reiterates Community's Significant Concerns" by Barry Jantz

November 1, 2019 "Public Meeting on Cottonwood Sand Mine Project Proposal: County seeks input on preparation of Environmental Impact Report" by Barry Jantz

November 5, 2019 "Cottonwood Sand Mine Opponents  Step Up Efforts" by Karen Beth Pearlman

November 4, 2019 "Rancho San Diego Residents Are Teed Off Over Sand Mining Project" by Richard Allyn

November 4, 2019 "Rancho San Diego Residents Give Input On Proposed Sand Mine" by Kasia Gregorczyk

November 17, 2019 "Proposed Cottonwood Sand Mine Draws Unified Opposition From Rancho San Diego Residents At Scoping Meeting" by Paul Kruze

2019 created by STOP Cottonwood Sand Mine Board of Directors