Community Input

Obtaining community input was critical to creating a plan that reflects the varied values, needs, and interests of the San Diego region’s residents and businesses. SANDAG committed to engaging a broad and diverse cross-section of the San Diego region during the development of the Plan.

A comprehensive Public Involvement Plan was drawn up for San Diego Forward and it contains various public engagement techniques, including public workshops, social media, visualizations, and other means of involving the public and receiving input. It also describes how to connect with hard to reach communities, such as a tribal nations and low-income and minority populations.

Thousands of San Diegans participated at key milestones in the planning process through public workshops, attending hearings, and staying up-to-date on the latest developments. This feedback was used to develop the Regional Plan’s Vision & Goals, Policy Objectives, the Transportation Network, and other elements of the Plan. The complete list of outreach activities are included as Appendix F to the Plan.

We created a word cloud of the most popular words and phrases from the thousands of comments  collected - the biggest words were mentioned the most often. You also can find details of recent community engagement events where this input was collected.


Community Based Outreach
In order to reach out to community members who have traditionally been underserved and underrepresented in the planning process, SANDAG partnered with a dozen Community Based Organizations to bring San Diego Forward to the community level. These organizations have created programs 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 San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan is socially equitable.