What is San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan?

What do we want our region to look like in 2050 and beyond? Where will we live? How will we get around? How can we grow in a way that fuels our economy and preserves our environment, takes everyone’s needs into account, and still maintains our quality of life? San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan tackles these questions and provides a long-term blueprint for a sustainable future for the San Diego region. A blueprint leading to livable, workable, and playable communities.

The plan is built upon a forecast that lays out how our region will grow over time – how many people will be added, where they will live, and where they will work. Based on the general plans of the region’s 18 cities and the county, the Regional Growth Forecast tells us more than just how many people our region will need to support – it tells us about those people, and how their needs and desires may change over time.

From there – and working with input from the public, stakeholders, and elected officials every step of the way – planners will envision the region of our future, as well as the regional transportation network improvements that will connect us.

For the current planning cycle, SANDAG is preparing a Regional Transportation Plan that meets federal planning requirements based upon long-established Vision, Goals, and Policy Objectives along with updated population, employment, and land use forecasts out to the year 2050. It is anticipated that this federal plan will be completed in spring 2020.

At the same time, SANDAG is working on San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan, a bigger picture vision which looks beyond the 2050 horizon year to prepare for the next planning cycle. The framework for the bigger vision is in development and will be presented to the SANDAG Board of Directors and the community for input by early 2020, with anticipated adoption of the 2021 Regional Plan in late 2021.