Policy Letter: Comments on SANDAG's 2015 Draft Regional Plan

Summary of Letter:

Circulate San Diego is asking the SANDAG Board to make modest, valuable, and achievable changes to the 2015 Draft Regional Plan to improve transportation and land uses in the region. Our request is organized around five main ideas.

1. Circulate San Diego cannot support a Regional Plan that would prevent the region from reaching the GHG reduction goals in Governor’s Executive Order S-3-05.

2. Circulate San Diego is not asking TransNet to be amended.

3. For San Diego to remain competitive with State and Federal funding, it must accelerate early transit and active transportation projects.

4. SANDAG has a variety of mechanisms available to pay for the advancement of transit and active transportation.

5. Circulate San Diego would support a Regional Plan that advances key projects that benefit the region.

Read the comment letter here [PDF].


Report: TransNet Today

Report_Cover_Image.jpgOn July 15, 2015, Circulate San Diego published "TransNet Today: Keeping faith with the voters while achieving the region's transportation goals."

This report makes the following findings:

(1)    SANDAG’s Draft 2015 Regional Plan is inadequately designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote health, equity, and economic development.

(2)    SANDAG must shift priorities toward transit and active transportation to maintain the region’s ability to compete for federal and state transportation funds.

(3)    SANDAG has the flexibility to advance a number of transit and active transportation projects in the Regional Plan without needing to amend TransNet.

As SANDAG makes its plans to invest in the future of San Diego’s transportation system, it faces the same challenges that other regions throughout the state and the country are grappling with including maintaining rapidly aging infrastructure, serving the changing needs and preferences of residents, and addressing sustainability, health, the economy, and equity.

Read the report here.

 


Policy Letter: Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Report for SANDAG's 2015 Draft Regional Plan

Summary of Letter:

SANDAG has the authority to advance transit and active transportation projects on a more accelerated schedule than what is called for by the 2015 Draft Regional Plan (“the Plan”), and in a manner that is consistent with the TransNet Extension Ordinance approved by voters in 2004.

However, none of the more transit-friendly alternatives analyzed by SANDAG are financially feasible to implement.

The failure of the DEIR to consider even one financially feasible alternative does not satisfy the two core functions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), to ensure informed decision making by the SANDAG Board, and to foster public participation. SANDAG’s DEIR is therefore insufficient and invalid under California law.

Click here to read the comment letter [PDF].


The Inner Circle: Maya Rosas, Policy Assistant

The Inner Circle is a series of profiles of the Circulate San Diego staff where you will get to know the creative, interesting, and talented people who make the wheels turn at Circulate. 

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Circulate in the News: San Diego Launches Vision Zero

On Monday, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined Mayor Pro Tem Marti Emerald, Council Member Mark Kersey, Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman, and Circulate San Diego to announce their support of developing a strategy in the City of San Diego to reach zero traffic deaths, Vision Zero. The announcement was made at the same time Circulate San Diego released a report outlining a strategy to end traffic deaths by 2025.

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Report: Vision Zero San Diego

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As San Diego’s population grows, more people are walking, bicycling, and driving on our streets. Along with this growth comes the need for a commitment to road safety for all San Diegans.

The City has worked hard to bring safety to San Diego’s neighborhoods by addressing crime, repairing infrastructure, and restoring much needed services. These efforts have proven successful as San Diego has one of the lowest crime rates among other cities of its size. streets. Along with this growth comes the need for a commitment to road safety for all San Diegans.

Read the complete report here: http://circulatesd.nationbuilder.com/visionzerosd.


Report: Water-Infill: A Key Strategy for Water in San Diego

Introduction:

Cover_Photo.jpgSan Diego faces a continuing challenge for adequate water supply and water quality. Infill development provides a useful tool for the region to safeguard water supplies and ensure continuing water quality.

Infill development, consistent with General Plans for both the City and County of San Diego, can provide relief from the combination of drought susceptibility, deteriorating water infrastructure, and population growth.

The complete report is available online, including fact sheets and sample presentation sides that can be used during the project entitlement process: http://circulatesd.nationbuilder.com/waterinfill.


Letter: Comments on SANDAG's Transit Oriented Development Strategy, May 7th

Comments from Circulate San Diego on the development of SANDAG's Transit Oriented Development Strategy. [PDF]


Policy Letter: Alternatives for SANDAG’s Environmental Analysis for San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan

Letter from Circulate San Diego, the San Diego Housing Federation, and the American Lung Association in California asking for alternatives for SANDAG’s environmental analysis for San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. [PDF]


Policy Letter: Letter to SANDAG regarding TOD Forum

Letter to SANDAG regarding its January 2015 TOD forum, encouraging discussion about a robust and meaningful TOD Policy. [PDF]



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