In 2004, SANDAG adopted the Regional Comprehensive Plan (RCP) for the San Diego region. The RCP provides a vision for the region based on smart growth and sustainability. A key implementation action of the RCP has been the development of a “Smart Growth Concept Map” illustrating the location of existing, planned, and potential smart growth areas.
In 2006, SANDAG accepted the inital Smart Growth Concept Map for the San Diego region. In January 2012, the SANDAG Board accepted a technical update of the Concept Map. The Concept Map contains more than 200 locations in seven smart growth categories identified in the RCP. The seven smart growth “place types” include: the Metropolitan Center, Urban Centers, Town Centers, Community Centers, Rural Villages, Mixed Use Transit Corridors, and Special Use Centers, reflecting the notion that smart growth is not a “one-size-fits-all” endeavor. The Smart Growth in the San Diego Region brochure provides descriptions of these areas. More details about the map are available here.
Visual simulations of smart growth are available and illustrate how communities could be transformed by smart growth development and transit-friendly designs. The Smart Growth Photo Library provides pictures of existing smart growth development projects in areas on the Smart Growth Concept Map. A complete set of pictures is available for $15 and can be ordered through our Publications Order Form.
Regional Scale Map - January 2012
San Diego Region Smart Growth Concept Map
Subregional Scale Maps, Corresponding Site Descriptions, & Listing of Smart Growth Areas - January 2012
North City and North County
Mid-City and East County
Site Descriptions (by jurisdiction)
Listing of Smart Growth Areas (by place type)