Advocating for a growing biotech ecosystem in a thriving community.
Biocom California was founded in San Diego in 1995 around the issue of access to water, and we continue to advocate for consistent, reliable utilities needed in delicate research processes. We assist members with all local permitting and inspection matters, and advocate for infrastructure improvements including storm channels, transit networks, and middle-income housing.
Access to Water
Since its inception, Biocom California has communicated with legislators and regulators about how the life science industry uses water, and why reliable, constant access to water is necessary for our member companies to conduct daily business activities.
Biocom California supports land use policies that encourage industry growth such as land for R&D and manufacturing, mixed-use zones that allow for lab space, and increased density on life science campuses. These land development tools are vital to regional economic stability and accommodation of industry growth in a region where land for life science is becoming increasingly scarce. Land zoning plans can also provide space between industry and housing to avoid compatibility conflicts where appropriate.
Permits and Inspections
Biocom California supports efforts to make city and county permitting processes predictable, transparent, and efficient. Inconsistent standards for inspections have been an ongoing issue for our members, and one that we have been working on with government staff for many years. We also encourage local governments to pursue policies to address permitting delays caused by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
It is common knowledge that there is a housing shortage in the San Diego area – the median price of a single-family home is $829,000, which represents an increase of 18.4% over the previous year. Biocom California supports incentivizing the building of additional middle-income housing units via a variety of approaches to accommodate our growing life science workforce.
Storm Water Channel Maintenance
The City of San Diego has developed a long-term plan to address flooding issues and restore the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon. Biocom California supports the City’s efforts to pursue funding for implementation of the plan and urges the City to pursue parallel permits where possible.
Transportation is a key element in the quality of life in San Diego County, impacting the ability of employees to commute from work in a reasonable time as well as the ability of companies to attract the necessary workforce and transport goods and products. Investment in transportation infrastructure is critical for San Diego’s future growth and population needs.
Through this committee, Biocom California members work collaboratively with local regulators and inspectors, share inspection experiences, and participate in continuing education opportunities related to the management of Environmental Health & Safety in life science facilities.
San Diego Policy Statements
Stormwater Department Interim Funding Strategy Implementation UpdateDownload
World Design CapitalDownload
UCSD Deed Restriction RemovalDownload
Ocean Pollution Reduction Act IIDownload
La Jolla Innovation Center at UC San DiegoDownload
University Community Plan Amendment InitiationDownload
Costa Verde CenterDownload
San Diego International Airport Environmental Impact Report CertificationDownload