Letter: Amendments to San Diego's Municipal Code to Introduce and Define Placemaking

As part of our continuing campaign to create a placemaking policy in the City of San Diego, Circulate San Diego submitted a letter to staff in the Economic Development Department on April 26, 2017. Economic Development is collaborating with the Development Services Department to create the policy and relevant permit process. The letter highlighted requests to ensure the permit process is transparent, equitable, and inclusive.

Read the full letter [PDF].

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Update: Circulate San Diego's "The Fatal Fifteen" with San Diego City Council

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The morning of March 6, prior to a City Council hearing where the City Auditor presented its Pedestrian Safety Performance Audit, City staff released a memorandum providing an update to infrastructure improvements planned for 15 of the City's most dangerous intersections highlighted in the Auditor report.

Download a copy of the City's memo here.

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Letter: Recommendations for Win-Win-Win Approaches to Housing Affordability in the City of San Diego

Circulate San Diego prepared a letter for Councilmember Scott Sherman, urging him and other city leaders to heed recommendations on how to improve housing policy for the City of San Diego. 

In order to advance three interconnected goals of economic development, affordability, and environmental sustainability, Circulate San Diego suggests that new policy meet three criteria: 1) new land use reforms should be made city-wide, not in limited geographic areas; 2) new subsidies for deed-restricted affordable homes should not add more costs to market rate development; and 3) new incentives for market rate development should not undermine existing policies to promote affordability.  

Download the full PDF version of the letter here: [PDF]


Letter: Circulate San Diego Comments for SANDAG NOP of Program EIR for the 2019 Regional Plan

Circulate San Diego submitted comments in response to the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 2019 Regional Plan issued by SANDAG on November 14, 2016. Our comments included two core points:

(1) The EIR must contain one or more transit-friendly reasonable alternatives that are financially constrained and do not require an amendment of the 2004 TransNet Ordinance.

(2) The EIR should analyze the extent to which the Regional Plan does or does not meet the mode-share goals for local jurisdictions with Climate Action Plans.

Read the full letter [PDF]. 


Letter: Requests for FY 2018 City Budget

Circulate San Diego submitted a letter to the City outlining projects we want to see included in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to ensure the goals of the Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero initiative are achieved. The letter was submitted in partnership with the organizations Climate Action Campaign, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, and BikeSD.

The undersigned organizations are submitting this request asking you to continue support for implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero, specifically as these policy initiatives relate to the FY 2018 budget. We appreciate your ongoing support for making San Diego a sustainable, safe city to live in for all residents. The projects and requested funds outlined below will help keep the Climate Action Plan and Vision Zero initiatives strong.

Read full letter [PDF].


Letter: Response to the City Regarding Complete Boulevard Study

In response to the final design concepts outlined in the Complete Boulevard Planning Study, Circulate San Diego lauds many of the proposed infrastructure improvements making walking safer along the El Cajon Street corridor.  However, the improvements included in the final design concept fail to account for bicycling facilities.  As such, we believe Alternatives 8b and 6 are better at allowing for bicycling facilities and maintaining desired elements for all modes including on-street parking, a connected facility for bicyclists, and safer crossings for pedestrians.    

For Circulate San Diego's complete response, you can download our letter here: [PDF]


Report: Transit Oriented Development

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Circulate San Diego released a report today on how the City of San Diego can better implement transit oriented development (“TOD”). TOD benefits housing affordability, economic development, and the climate. However, a variety of barriers exist to prevent TOD in San Diego.

This report recommends a variety of specific, detailed, and actionable policy reforms that can be adopted city-wide to implement TOD. The full report can be viewed online at http://www.circulatesd.org/todreport

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Letter: Recommendations to Improve the Climate Action Plan Community Plan Update Evaluation Checklist

Circulate San Diego issued a letter to the Director of Planning at the City of San Diego with recommendations to improve the Climate Action Plan Community (CAP) Plan Update Evaluation Checklist. This checklist is an important tool to evaluate the effectiveness of community plan updates to meet the goals for the CAP. We believe that a properly formulated checklist will make it easier for community plans to implement the Climate Action Plan. 

To read the letter, download the PDF version here: [PDF]


Policy Letter: AB 2763 - Request for Signature

Circulate San Diego joined with a number of organizations and companies from around California to support and call for Governor Brown to sign AB 2763 which clarifies that drivers can use leased or rented vehicles while driving with a Transportation Network Company (TNC). 

Please join us in support of AB 2763.

Read the entire letter [PDF]

Read the Floor Alert [PDF]


Report: A Place for Placemaking in San Diego

Pages_from_creative_placemaking_FINAL.small.jpgBoth in San Diego and around the country, there are signs that leveraging the power of arts and culture into traditional planning processes can improve neighborhoods while better serving community interests. This convergence of interests has created a field that practitioners are calling creative placemaking. The movement is growing rapidly in part because cities around the U.S. are looking for tools to redevelop communities in ways that not only increase economic development, but also build social capital among community residents.

In San Diego, the movement is grassroots oriented, bubbling up through community-led projects. As the projects continue, City staff is being asked to simplify the process to make community dreams, some of which are relatively simple, become reality. Examples include street paint, benches, art in vacant lots, murals, decorative crosswalks, alley activation, landscaping, wayfinding signage, and temporary mobility enhancements-all promoted to revitalize neighborhoods and jump start the building of social capital. As much as these projects are about the product, they are also about the process. That means an authentic, community-led process that respects community history and values.

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