Economic Prosperity

Maintaining and growing a strong regional economy is one of the primary goals of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan.

Tiny corner stores all the way up to entire economic sectors – like high tech, tourism, and the military – depend on some of the primary elements included in the Regional Plan, such as an efficient transportation network, affordable housing, parking, and the overall quality of life that makes our city a destination point for travelers from all over the world.

The transportation system acts as the circulatory system for the economy, providing the links between housing and jobs, shops and customers, students and education, visitors and attractions, and business and partners. In addition, the land we preserve, and the design of our communities, have a direct correlation to the quality of life we enjoy and the cost of building and maintaining the infrastructure we need. The competiveness of our job market is directly influenced by our land use decisions and infrastructure investments. By providing more housing and transportation choices in the region, the Regional Plan gives employers greater flexibility to grow their businesses and increase economic activity. And by promoting future development that is compact and close to transportation and services, we will reduce infrastructure costs, thereby reducing the burden on taxpayers.

The plan helps the San Diego region by:

  • Supporting our high-tech and research industries by promoting clustering, and attracting high-skill workers
  • Increasing access to jobs and education for all San Diego residents
  • Connecting San Diego to the world through trade and tourism
  • Stimulating reinvestment in existing communities

The benefits of the plan, in terms of time savings and other reduced costs, outweigh the costs of the planned projects by a factor of nearly two-to-one. And more importantly, the investments in the transportation system made through San Diego Forward will result in tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in increased output annually for the San Diego region. This economic return happens through both the direct impacts of the investments themselves, but more importantly, through the effects of a more efficient transportation system.

Final Economic Prosperity White Paper

Thank you to all of you who submitted comments on the draft document. Click here to view the staff report on the input received.