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Employment and Residential Lands Inventory

The 2009 Employment and Residential Land Inventory & Market Analysis report contains an inventory of developable employment and residential land in the San Diego region. SANDAG worked with the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to prepare the report.

2009 Employment and Residential Land Inventory &
Market Analysis

2009 Employment and Residential Land Inventory Maps (ZIP)

The Inventory was designed to address differences in opinion concerning the adequacy of the inventory of employment land, as well as concerns about the proximity of employment and residential land and the market pressures to convert specific types of employment land to residential and retail use.

SANDAG and the EDC convened the Employment and Residential Land Inventory Task Force to complete the inventory of available land, including a qualitative assessment of its availability and a market analysis to assess the adequacy of the supply.

The Inventory identified 10,000 acres of developable employment land and 456,740 acres of developable residential land. In terms of the “readiness” of the land, for the employment acres, a little more than 20 percent can be developed within one year; 60 percent of these “immediately available” acres are concentrated in just four areas; and 90 percent of all parcels are ten acres or less in size.

For the residential inventory similar refinements are important. For example, more than 90 percent of the developable land is located in the unincorporated portions of San Diego County and less than one percent of the total acres can be developed within one year. Despite the huge acreage difference, the unincorporated communities support densities that average six to eight acres per housing unit; on the other hand, incorporated communities support densities of six to eight housing units per acre.

The Inventory includes a description and summary of the employment and residential lands, as well as employment, population, and economic characteristics of each of the planning areas depicted in the report.