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Comprehensive Land Use and Regional Growth Projects

Smart Growth Design Guidelines

The quality of a community’s design can make the difference between a sense of overcrowding and a feeling of vibrancy. This is particularly true where smart growth development principles result in more intense development and a greater mix of uses.

Designing for Smart Growth, Creating Great Places in the San Diego Region is a valuable resource for policymakers, local agency planning and engineering staff, developers, and interested citizens that shows how good design can contribute to the quality of life in the San Diego region.

The guidelines address the importance of design in maintaining and enhancing community character and in creating great public places. It serves as both a primer and a technical reference. Among the subjects covered are such community defining topics as site design, and street design and parking to support mixed use development and a variety of transportation options.

Designing for Smart Growth, Creating Great Places in the San Diego Region was accepted by the SANDAG Board of Directors on June 26, 2009. The document is available for download below.

This report also is available on CD by contacting the SANDAG Public Information Office at

Outreach Program

In collaboration with local jurisdictions, SANDAG held two workshops during the development of the guidelines to solicit feedback on the initial effort to draw up the guidelines. The presentation and display boards from the workshops are available below as downloads.

Project Manager

Stephan Vance, Senior Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-1924, Email:

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or