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 What Do You Want Our Region to Look Like in 2050? Regional Planners Want Your Input

What do we want our region to look like in 2050? Where will we live? How will we get around? How can we grow in a way that fuels our economy, preserves our environment, takes everyone's needs into account, and still maintains our quality of life?

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Regional Plan tackles these questions and provides a comprehensive path forward for the future of our region, providing a blueprint for a sustainable future. Your input is a vital part of the development process, as the 2019 Regional Plan intends to address the needs of diverse communities and constituencies throughout San Diego County.

In spring 2018, SANDAG received valuable community input about transportation and quality of life priorities. Several priorities were identified, such as congestion relief, climate change and the environment, emerging technologies, healthy communities, and housing, jobs, and the economy. These were used to develop transportation network concepts for the 2019 Regional Plan, which are available for review and comment throughout October at SDForward.com/networks.

A network is a package of projects, services, programs, and technologies that address transportation needs by connecting people from where they live to where they want to go. Each concept includes transit, active transportation, and roadway projects. SANDAG is looking for your input on three network concepts – shared mobility, connected corridors, and policy possibilities – which emphasize different priorities, programs, projects, and policies.        

SANDAG has created a series of informational videos that provide a comprehensive yet simple view of the components that could be included in the draft scenarios. Click the link to learn about the:

  • Three main types of projects in the Regional Plan - transit, active transportation, and roads and highways. This infrastructure lays the base for programs, services, and technology components of a transportation network.
  • Programs and services that help to maximize the effectiveness of the transportation system for people and freight: specialized transportation for seniors and persons with disabilities, transportation demand management, transportation system management, and other tools for local implementation. 
  • Technology that helps us create an intelligent transportation system and policies to operate the network more efficiently. Many technologies are already in use and emerging technology trends could impact the future of transportation. 

There are several in-person opportunities for you to learn about the development of this comprehensive planning document. Participating in this process is simple, and one of the most effective and meaningful ways community members can help guide how our region evolves. Each outreach event will include an interactive review of the network concepts.

One of the first opportunities to get involved is on Oct. 16. SANDAG will host an open house to review the network concepts and give you a chance to speak with the project team and provide input. The open house will be hosted from 4 to 7 p.m. at San Diego City College. Check out the Facebook event page for more information and to RSVP.

You also can attend one of five local community conversations to learn about the network concepts, ask questions, and provide input. Click on each event for more information and to RSVP.

If you are unable to participate in person, you can take a quick, interactive online survey at SDForward.com/survey through Oct. 31. Community members also are encouraged to subscribe to receive email updates about other opportunities to get involved in the development of the plan. 

Input received at these outreach events will be used to develop draft transportation network scenarios, which will be released for another round of public review and comment later this winter. Then the SANDAG Board of Directors will select a preferred scenario, which will form the core of the 2019 Regional Plan.

To learn more about the visions, goals, and policy objectives for the 2019 Regional Plan and how you can get involved, visit SDForward.com and sign up to receive email updates.