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Comprehensive Land Use and Regional Growth Projects

Complete Streets

Complete streets are streets designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Complete streets accommodate people of all ages and abilities, traveling by all modes, including walking, biking, using public transit, and driving cars or commercial vehicles.

There is no one correct way to develop a complete street. Each street should respond to the land use context around it. At the same time, the form of development along the street can contribute to, or detract from creating a complete street.

For more information on how urban form and urban design related to complete streets, see the SANDAG publication Designing for Smart Growth.

Regional Complete Streets Policy

A complete street policy is a commitment to a process that ensures the needs of people using all modes of travel are considered and appropriately accommodated on every street or every network of streets.

The SANDAG Board of Directors adopted a Regional Complete Streets Policy in December 2014. The policy defines complete streets as it will be used to guide SANDAG in its role as an implementer of regional transportation projects. The policy includes implementation action items to provide the tools, training and procedures necessary to ensure all projects implemented by SANDAG consider local complete streets initiatives and accommodate the needs of all travel modes. 

For more information on complete streets policy development see the SANDAG publication Complete Street Discussion Paper.

Complete Streets Tools and Checklists

The best way to develop complete streets is to take it into consideration from the start of a project, whether it is a new capital improvement, an upgrade to an existing facility, a major maintenance project, or a routine maintenance procedure. Each may present opportunities to improve access and mobility for one or more mode of travel. To facilitate this process, SANDAG has developed a Regional Complete Streets Project Development Checklist.

  • Instructions
  • Regional Complete Streets Checklist - Project Initiation
  • Regional Complete Streets Checklist - Project Amendment

    The checklist ensures all projects implemented by SANDAG consider local mobility plans and accommodate the needs of all travel modes and the movement of goods to the extent appropriate. In addition, working with the local planning and public works directors from throughout the region, SANDAG has developed a Local Complete Streets Sample Checklist for local jurisdictions as a tool that can be adapted to meet specific local agency goals as they plan for and build new transportation projects.

    SANDAG also has developed a number of other additional tools to help planners, designers, and engineers develop complete streets.

  • Planning and Designing for Pedestrians, Model Guidelines for the San Diego Region
  • Design Standards from Riding to 2050: The San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan
  • SANDAG Smart Growth Concept Map
  • Active Transportation Implementation Strategy & Safe Routes to Transit Typologies
  • SANDAG LRT Design Criteria
  • Regional Parking Management Toolbox
  • Parking Strategies for Smart Growth
  • Trip Generation for Smart Growth
  • Smart Growth Trip Generation Spreadsheet Tool
  • Integrating TDM into the Planning and Development Process
  • San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board-Storm Water Best Practices
  • NCTD Bus Stop Development Handbook
  • NACTO Transit Street Design Guide
  • A Summary of Design, Policies and Operational Characteristics for Shared Bicycle/Bus Lanes


    Other Resources

  • The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015
  • National Complete Streets Coalition
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
  • NACTO Urban Street Design Guide
  • NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide
  • Caltrans Highway Design Manual Chapter 1000
  • Caltrans Complete Streets Policy
  • Main Street, California
  • Achieving Multimodal Networks, Applying Design Flexibility & Reducing Conflicts (FHWA) 
  • SANDAG Regional Planning Committee Status Report
  • SANDAG Board Status Report 
  • Complete Streets Safety Assessments

    Upcoming Workshops

  • Association of Pedestrian and Bike Professionals – Offer to Bring a Complete Streets Workshop to Your Community
  • Caltrans Training Sessions
  • Street Lights: Illuminating Implementation and Equity in Complete Streets - November 15, 2016


    Past Workshops

    Joint workshop focused on complete streets between the SANDAG Regional Planning Technical Working Group and Cities/County Transportation Advisory Committee on May 5, 2016, 9:30 - 11 a.m. (view agenda)

  • Project Manager

    Carolina Ilic, Senior Regional Planner
    Phone: (619) 699-1989, Email: carolina.ilic@sandag.org

    Stephan Vance, Senior Regional Planner
    Phone: (619) 699-1924, Email: stephan.vance@sandag.org

    For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.