Community Input

Community input is critical to creating a Regional Plan that reflects the varied values, needs, and interests of the San Diego region's residents and businesses. SANDAG is committed to engaging a broad and diverse cross-section of the San Diego region during the development of the Plan. Make sure you’re subscribed to receive updates about the development of the Plan and how to get involved.

Regional Plan Development Status
On Friday, February 22, 2019, the SANDAG Board of Directors unanimously approved an action plan to develop a new vision for the Regional Plan that completely transforms the way people and goods move throughout the San Diego region. This innovative transportation system will strive to get people where they need to go quickly, exceed the state’s new greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, and support local jurisdictions’ achievement of local Climate Action Plan goals. This new vision for the future will build on the significant public input received so far, as well as consider cutting edge technologies, social equity, sustainability, supporting land use and housing, and economic opportunities.


Visit our video library to watch updates about the Board's decision and next steps for developing the vision, including messages from SANDAG Chair Steve Vaus and Vice Chair Catherine Blakespear.
Action Plan Overview of Key Milestones
Completion of the Regional Plan will be extended up to two years, during which SANDAG will continue work on important projects and progr
ams underway across the San Diego region. A preliminary outline of projects and policies is anticipated to be released for SANDAG policymaker and public review and input by the end of 2019. Once this framework is defined, planners will need approximately one year for technical modeling of the new transportation system, followed by the year-long environmental review process. The SANDAG Board is anticipated to adopt the Regional Plan in late 2021. While there are risks to extending completion of the Regional Plan, the action plan identifies legislative and regulatory mitigation measures to maintain compliance and protect the vital funding sources that SANDAG has worked so hard to secure.  

2019 Regional Plan Transportation Network Concepts
Throughout October 2018, SANDAG hosted seven events throughout the region and a survey to gather input on three transportation network concepts – Shared Mobility, Connected Corridors, and Policy Possibilities. Each concept includes transit, active transportation, and roadway projects, which emphasize different priorities, programs, projects, and policies. 

We heard you! Review the summary of public input (English | Español) presented to the SANDAG Board of Directors on November 16, 2018

Community event materials (by station, in English and Spanish) 

    How are Regional Plan Transportation Networks Developed? 
    Draft transportation network scenarios are developed considering a variety of factors, including regional needs, emerging technologies, the environment, health communities, and the economy. Watch this series of informational videos to explore the  network scenario development process, and learn about the types of transportation projects, programs and services, and technology that could be included in the 2019 Regional Plan. In early 2018, a series of white papers were prepared to inform development of the 2019 Regional Plan: Emerging TechnologiesClimate ChangePublic Health, and Economic Prosperity.


    2019 Regional Plan Transportation Network Themes 
    SANDAG hosted seven open houses throughout the region (April 23-May 3) and a survey (April 23-May 10) to gather input on transportation network themes. Staff reviewed responses and comments from the open houses and survey, and prepared a summary of input (English | Español); this input was used to develop transportation network concepts, which were available for public review and input in October 2018.

    Network Themes Open House Materials (by station, in English and Spanish)

    2019 Regional Plan Transportation Network Performance Measures Workshop 
    On December 4, 2017, SANDAG hosted a workshop to gather input on the potential transportation network performance measures for San Diego Forward: The 2019-2050 Regional Plan. The thoughtful and extensive input gathered at the workshop is important to develop effective performance measures to evaluate San Diego’s future regional transportation network. 

    Workshop materials: 

     Following the workshop and through December 15, 2017, more than 300 respondents provided feedback on the proposed Performance Measures through an online survey. Staff reviewed comments and developed 

    Following the workshop and through December 15, 2017, more than 300 respondents provided feedback on the proposed Performance Measures through an online survey. Staff reviewed comments and developed a summary of survey input . Major community input themes include support for a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) measure, assessing health outcomes and the perception of safety, and mode- and subregional-specific metrics.

    After several months of coordination and collaboration with the public, stakeholders, SANDAG Policy Advisory Committees and Working Groups, as well as an industry-led Peer Review Panel, staff presented the Draft Performance Measures to the Transportation and Regional Planning Committees on February 2, 2018. Proposed Performance Measures were presented to the Regional Planning Committee (March 2) and Transportation Committee (March 16), and final Performance Measures were approved by the Board of Directors on March 23, 2018.

    Public Involvement Plan
    In August 2017, SANDAG updated the Public Involvement Plan (PIP) for the 2019 Regional Plan. The PIP guides the public outreach strategies used to develop the Regional Plan. The PIP has been created based on input obtained throughout the development of the 2015 Regional Plan, including feedback from the SANDAG Board of Directors, Policy Advisory Committees, working groups, tribal governments, surveys, a wide variety of communications experts, and our regional stakeholders and partners, including a network of Community Based Organizations (CBOs).

    Community Based Outreach
    In order to reach out to community members who have traditionally been underserved and underrepresented in the planning process, SANDAG has partnered with 12 Community Based Organizations from around the region who serve these vulnerable populations and are part of those communities. These organizations serve as liaisons to engage stakeholders from low-income communities, limited-English speaking populations, the disabled community and seniors to ensure that their voices are heard and that their concerns are incorporated into San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. 

    To learn more about our Community Based Organizations and our social equity efforts, please visit the Promoting Social Equity page.

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