San Diego County Planning and Development Services seeks consultant for “culture change”

The San Diego County Planning and Development Services department is the result of a recent re-organization of county departments and consolidation of functions. The new department’s stated goal is to establish “a new culture,” and to pursue “a more customer-focused mission and a new level of accountability.”

Matt Potter at the San Diego Reader reports:

Do San Diego county’s land-use planners have sufficient culture to deal with big developrs and angry neighbors?

Apparently not, judging from a “request for information” posted online July 12 by the county’s department of purchasing and contracting.

According to the document, the Board of Supervisors wants to pay a private consulting firm an unspecified sum to provide “Culture Consultant Services” as part of a makeover of the county’s 200-employee-strong planning and permit processing operation.