By developing the land around its transit stations, the North County Transit District can earn some money off the land it owns, and help the region build housing in the mixed-use, transit-oriented projects it has said are needed to accommodate population growth.
A new state program funds low-income housing projects near transit stations. Only two San Diego County projects made the cut. Now SANDAG is asking the state to lower the program’s standards for how close projects must be to stations, so that more local projects can compete.
The new Lilac Hills development will connect homes with a robot network. “Imagine Uber but where there are neither drivers nor cars,” the robot creator told county officials.
Data released this week showed San Diego was once again the safest big city in the country, but it doesn’t always feel that way. That’s because subpar urban design can make safe streets feel isolating, uncomfortable or dangerous.
National City’s waterfront park space and vehicle import volumes could both double under a “balanced” land use plan supported by city and Port of San Diego officials.
As San Diego’s urban neighborhoods struggle to build the low-income, transit-focused projects the city says it needs, the North County city is thriving. “The experience of San Marcos shows there is indeed a market for people to live near transit,” said one smart-growth advocate.
San Diego has the second-highest number of homeless veterans in the state, yet it barely secured any money from a new state program that doles out funds for new veteran housing projects.
San Diego’s ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by fundamentally changing the way residents get to work could be irrelevant before it’s even adopted. And the two politicians who’ve pushed it hardest – Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilman Todd Gloria – could cast votes that render it moot.
The county supervisor is expected to support the controversial Valley Center area project. If he can’t vote on it, three of the four other supervisors would have to support it for it to advance.
In a Q-and-A, Solana Beach’s new planning director Bill Chopyk talks about his desire to balance the coastal city’s character – and desire to maintain its ocean views – with the need for more housing.