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PRESS RELEASE – October 26, 2022

Contact: Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel
(619) 567-6856 – [email protected]

Circulate San Diego Congratulates the City of San Diego for Winning Prestigious National Housing Policy Leadership Award.

Today Circulate San Diego congratulated the City of San Diego for being awarded the national 2022 Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award by the Urban Lands Institute. The award was announced today to honor the City of San Diego for creating their successful Affordable Homes Bonus Program (ABPB).

“Circulate congratulates the City of San Diego for receiving national recognition for their citywide housing affordability programs,” said Colin Parent, Executive Director and General Counsel for circulate San Diego.  

Below is an excerpt from the Urban Lands Institute press release available here –

The City of San Diego enacted its Affordable Homes Bonus Program in 2016, which substantially increased the production of both market-rate and deed-restricted affordable homes. The program builds upon the California Density Bonus Law and allows developers to build more homes if they agree to set aside a subset of a new project as affordable.

Circulate San Diego led a coalition of advocates in 2016 to champion the adoption of the AHBP. Circulate also sponsored Assembly Bill 2345 in 2020 (Gonzalez Fletcher) that extended the AHBP throughout California. In 2020, AB 2345 was the most significant housing production bill signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Earlier this year, Circulate San Diego published a report “Home Run for Homes,” which documents the success of the AHBP. That report showed that in 2020, nearly half of the units entitled in the City of San Diego benefitted from the AHBP. Circulate included data from “Home Run for Homes” when it nominated the City of San Diego for the ULI Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award. The full report is available here:

A copy of “Home Run for Homes” and the press release from the Urban Lands Institute are attached to this release.

About Circulate San Diego

Circulate San Diego is a regional nonprofit think tank dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to move, work, learn and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth. For more information, go to