Circulate Mobility Certification

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The Circulate Mobility Certification provides recognition and support for transit-oriented, smart growth projects in the San Diego region.

Projects applications are reviewed by the Circulate Mobility Certification panel, a volunteer committee with expertise in the areas of development, active transportation, and neighborhood design. The review committee independently evaluates each project on the basis of an objective application criteria.

Except for limited circumstances, projects must pay an application fee to be considered for certification. The application is risk-free, and projects with unsuccessful applications are kept confidential.

Benefits of the Circulate Mobility Certification

  • Formal Letter of Certification
  • A formal letter of certification that can be provided to elected officials, community groups, and decision-makers that demonstrates the independent recognition of the sustainable, transit-oriented, and smart growth characteristics of the project
  • Use of Mobility Certification Seal
  • Permission to use the Mobility Certification Seal on websites or any other forms of communication signifying the certification
  • Publicity
  • Publicity and marketing through press releases, web site summaries, social media, and recognition at Circulate San Diego events and in the Circulator newsletter. See our prior press releases here.
  • Public Testimony
  • Independent testimony at public hearings of decision-making bodies (i.e., planning commission, design review, or city council) by Circulate San Diego staff, explaining the certification program and the basis for certification. Additional services for certified projects can also be negotiated.

Application Fees and Benefits for Certification

Program Type

(Download Application)

Residential Project Size

Non-Residential Project Size

Circulate Staff Hours for Advocacy

Application Review Fee

Mini-Mobility Certification

1-30 Units or 100% Affordable at any size

N/A

N/A

Free

Mobility Certification

1-60 Units

50,000 sq. ft. or smaller

5 Hours

$2,500

Mobility Certification

61-500 Units

50,001 to 200,000 sq. ft.

10 Hours

$5,000

Mobility Certification

500+ Units

Greater than 200,000 sq. ft.

15 Hours

$7,500

Plan Mobility Certification

Any Specific Plan, Station Area Plan, or Community Plan (Commercial and/or Residential)

Any Specific Plan, Station Area Plan, or Community Plan (Commercial and/or Residential)

15 Hours

$7,500

Eligibility

Private- and public-sector residential, commercial, or mixed-use projects (both new construction and rehabilitation) are eligible for consideration. Projects may be market-rate, mixed use, or 100 percent affordable. Generally, projects currently seeking entitlement choose to apply. However, the Circulate Mobility Certification is available to entitled projects, or projects during or after construction.

Types of Circulate Mobility Certifications

Mobility Certification
The Mobility Certification application is available for any sustainable growth development project. Projects are evaluated on their proximity to transit, accessibility to pedestrians and bicyclists, and context within a neighborhood. Download the Circulate Mobility Certification application here.

“Mini-Mobility” Certification
The special “Mini-Mobility” application is a free short-form version of the more comprehensive Mobility Certification. This application and certification process is only available for either small infill projects of fewer than 30 units, or for 100 percent affordable projects. Successful applications for the “Mini-Mobility” Certification receive the same Circulate Mobility Certification as a large project. Download the Circulate Mini-Mobility Certification application here.

Plan Mobility Certification
Circulate's Plan Mobility Certification is available for neighborhood-level residential, commercial, or mixed-use plans proposed by either the public or private sectors. These can be community plants, specific plans, transit area plans, etc., that contemplate more than one building or project. Download the Circulate Plan Mobility Certification application here.

Application Process

Before submitting a completed application, interested applicants should contact Maya Rosas, Director of Policy for Circulate San Diego at: 619.544.9255 ext. 301; mrosas@circulatesd.org.


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