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Comprehensive Land Use and Regional Growth Projects

TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program

The TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program (SGIP) funds transportation-related infrastructure improvements and planning efforts that support smart growth development. The SGIP will award two percent of the annual TransNet revenues for the next 40 years to local governments through a competitive grant program to support projects that will help better coordinate transportation and land use in the San Diego region.

The goal of the TransNet SGIP is to fund comprehensive public infrastructure projects and planning activities that will facilitate compact, mixed use development focused around public transit, and that will increase housing and transportation choices. The projects funded under this program will serve as models for how modest investments in infrastructure and planning can make smart growth an asset to communities around the region. These investments should help attract private developers to build projects that, with the support of the TransNet-funded projects, create great places in the San Diego region.

FY 2013 Funding Cycle

In June 2013, SANDAG awarded $9.6 million in smart growth incentive grants for 13 projects located throughout the region, from Chula Vista to Vista. View the list of approved projects.

Links to the applications that were received for this funding cycle are provided below.

Capital Projects Recommended for Funding

Armorlite Complete Street Corridor (San Marcos) – Awarded $1,000,000
Construct multi-modal improvements to Armorlite Drive including enhanced walkways, bike racks, street furnishings, pedestrian lighting, mid-block crossings a Class I bike path on the North side of the street, and extension of Class II or III bike facilities to the Mission Sports Park.

Grant Application

Downtown-Westside Community Connections Project (National City) – Awarded $2,000,000
Enhance National City's right-of-way through improvements such as new benches, shelters, recycling receptacles, public art and electronic signs at bus stops, install bike racks, corner bulb-outs, curb ramps, enhance crosswalks, pedestrian refuges, landscaping, street lighting, wayfinding signage, and diagonal on-street parking.

Grant Application

Downtown Village Streetscape Improvement Project (La Mesa) – Awarded $2,000,000
Enhance the La Mesa Downtown Village sense of place and walkability through construction of new sidewalks, wide curb ramps, bollards, enhanced crosswalks, bulb-outs, pavement, decorative lighting, street trees, street furniture, wayfinding signage, bike parking, and a new public plaza.

Grant Application

Island Avenue Green Street Mobility Improvements (City of San Diego) – Awarded $1,000,000
Construct a series of new/widened sidewalks and corner bulb-outs along sections of Island Avenue, and include a bike sharrow marking along Island Avenue from Front Street to I-5.

Grant Application

Wayfinding Signage (City of San Diego) – Awarded $335,329
Install approximately 300 new pedestrian and vehicular oriented signs throughout the Downtown Community Plan Areas to direct downtown residents, visitors and workers to popular destinations.

Grant Application

Third Avenue Streetscape Implementation Project, Phase 2 (Chula Vista) – Awarded $ 1,344,671
Construct streetscape and traffic calming improvements such as, medians, bulb-outs, decorative pavers, a road diet, cool paving elements, expanded bike parking, marked bicycle routes, relocated transit stops, landscaping, street trees, pedestrian lighting, wayfinding/ informational signs, and street furnishings.

Grant Application

Capital Projects Not Recommended for Funding

Mission Avenue Improvement Project, Phase 2 (Oceanside) – Requested $1,930,000
Implement pedestrian, bicycle and roadway improvements such as, reduce travel lanes, implement reversed-angled parking, and construct streetscape enhancements such as widened sidewalks, curb bulb-outs, and class III bicycle improvements.

Grant Application

Paseo Sante Fe Streetscape & Infrastructure Project Catalyst, Section A (Vista) – Requested $1,000,000
Implement the first capital improvements for a high priority revitalization project including the construction of wide sidewalks, streetlights, street furniture, a linear park, undergrounding overhead utilities, reconstruction of the roadway, implement a 'road diet,' traffic calming measures, bulb-outs, and a roundabout.

Grant Application

Highland Avenue Smart Growth Corridor (National City) – Requested $1,300,000
Implement corridor enhancements such as new benches, shelters, recycling receptacles, and potentially electronic signs at bus stops, install bike racks, corner bulb-outs, curb ramps, enhanced crosswalks, pedestrian refuges, traffic calming/ road diet, landscaping, ornamental street lighting, public art, and diagonal on-street parking. 

Grant Application

Five Points Neighborhood/ Washington Street Pedestrian & Median Improvements (City of San Diego) – Requested $360,000
Improve safety, walkability and transit access for pedestrians by constructing curb ramps, popouts, median improvements, landscaping, neighborhood signage, an improved crosswalk landing, and installing visual countdown/ audible signals and directional signage.

Grant Application

Lemon Grove Avenue Realignment (Lemon Grove) – Requested $950,000
Realign/ reconstruct segments of Lemon Grove Ave. and North Ave. including striping, installation of traffic signals, upgrading existing substandard improvements at the trolley/ railroad crossing, relocate and replace sewer, water and storm drains, and underground SDG&E, COX, and AT&T transmission and/or distribution overhead lines. 

Grant Application

Connect the Village: Wayfinding & Traffic Calming (Carlsbad) – Requested $470,000
Construct 'Livable Streets' through traffic calming measures in the Barrio and innovative pedestrian and bicyclist wayfinding signage to better connect people in surrounding neighborhoods to the Village.

Grant Application

Bicycle Path - Missing Link (Escondido) – Requested $340,500
Construct a section of the missing Class I bike path to provide a direct connection from the existing regional Class II bike lanes along Centre City Parkway to the Escondido Transit Center, the Inland Rail Trail, and Escondido's Downtown area.

Grant Application

Creekside Drive Multi-Modal Corridor Enrichment Project (San Marcos) – Requested $1,000,000
Construct two 12' travel lanes, 18' diagonal parking, 8' parallel parking, 15' sidewalks with street furniture/ landscaping, paved crosswalks, and 12' multi-use trail, seat walls, pedestrian bridge and bio swells.

Grant Application

University Avenue & 54th Street Roadway Improvments (City of San Diego) – Requested $1,440,000
Implement principles of the Complete Streets Act and Sustainable Communities Strategy by eliminating both free westbound/ southbound right turn lanes, install Class II bike lanes, and improve transit stations with wider waiting areas, shelters, improved street lighting, wider sidewalks, and upgraded signals.

Grant Application

Planning Projects Recommended for Funding

East Village Green/ 14th Street Promenade Master Plan (City of San Diego) – Awarded $300,000
Develop a Master Plan for East Village Green (the proposed largest public open space in Downtown San Diego (4.1 acres)) and the 14th Street Promenade (a linear park that will expand much needed open space in the city's densest community) to provide a safe pedestrian and bicycle connection traversing East Village from City College to Barrio Logan.

Grant Application

Morena Boulevard Station Area Study Phase 2 (City of San Diego) – Awarded $400,000
Prepare amendments to the Linda Vista Community Plan, the Linda Vista Facilities Community Plan, the Clairmont Mesa Facilities Financing Plan, process rezones, and prepare a programmatic environmental document to support mixed-use, transit-oriented development in the Mid-Coast Trolley Line station areas.

Grant Application

Vista Downtown Specific Plan Update (Vista) – Awarded $148,383
Conduct an update to the Vista Downtown Specific Plan to improve parking management, incorporate health policies, evaluate health impacts of the plan, encourage multi-family and mixed-use development, streamline the process for project review, add a new Arts & Culture District, and revise parking and other standards and design guidelines to support smart growth and multi-modal connections.

Grant Application

Main Street Promenade Extension Planning Project (Lemon Grove) – Awarded $400,000
Enliven the Main Street Promenade Extension corridor through public right-of-way enhancements for pedestrians and bicyclists, create a place for recreational and social activities, design for shared circulation of bicycles, pedestrians and vehicles, improve health, and create an amenity for generations to come.

Grant Application

Healthy Communities Program (Chula Vista) – Awarded $100,000
Develop a city-wide Healthy Communities Program encompassing all 15 smart growth areas, amend the General Plan Subdivision Manual, Design Standards Manual and other implementing documents, and implement a Healthy Corridors Pilot Project in the smart growth area, CV-1, including the preparation of design concept plans.

Grant Application

Palm Avenue Mixed-use & Commercial Corridor Master Plan (Imperial Beach) – Awarded $400,000
Prepare design and development drawings (30% completeness level) and the associated environmental documents necessary to cover implementation of all proposed elements of transforming the existing six-lane highways (Palm Ave./ SR-75) into a 'Main Street' through public right-of-way, traffic calming, pedestrian, bicycle and transit improvements.

Grant Application

The Complete Boulevard Planning Study (City of San Diego) – Awarded $171,617
Conduct a study to realize the transformative potential of BRT in Mid-City through the enhancement of two primary areas along the soon-to-be completed Boulevard Rapid Bus line including improvements to connect surrounding residential communities to the new route, and create landmark destinations that contribute to the sustainability, economic vitality, and well-being of communities that the BRT serves.

Grant Application

Planning Projects Not Recommended for Funding

Plan the Village: A New Master Plan for Carlsbad Village (Carlsbad) – Requested $230,000
Conduct a comprehensive planning process to update the Carlsbad Village Master Plan to include components such as a Health Impact Assessment, encourage compact, mixed-use development around public transit, support the community's revitalization effort, support transit, walking and bicycling trips, and enhance the sense of place in the Village.

Grant Application

Sixth Avenue Bridge Promenade Feasibility Study (City of San Diego) – Requested $175,000
Complete a Feasibility and Design Study to provide an enhanced pedestrian connection between Downtown and Balboa Park through the elimination of the free right-turn lane off northbound I-5 off-ramp, and the removal of parking and one travel land to construct an enhanced pedestrian pathway.

Grant Application

Pacific Beach Boardwalk & Parks Neighborhood District (City of San Diego) – Requested $400,000
Create a Pacific Beach Parks Plan and Action Plan to implement ocean-front pocket parks, traffic calming, and improved multi-modal use and beach access, create a Healthy Community/Eco-District, improve the beach boardwalk, and integrate arts and culture.

Grant Application

Grape Day Park Master Plan (Escondido) – Requested $80,000
Create a Park Master Plan for Grape Day Park to plan for recreational opportunities for a growing population through a formal, open process to garner greater community support and foster a shared sense of identity.

Grant Application

Oceanside Mixed-Use Public Parking Structure (Oceanside) – Requested $400,000
Complete a feasibility study and concept plan for a mixed-use public parking structure on existing City owned public parking lot three blocks from the Oceanside Intermodal Transportation Center to provide much-needed public parking downtown and new office/ retail spaces.

Grant Application

Town Center Pedestrian Connection Feasibility Study (Santee) – Requested $35,000
Develop alternatives for implementation with future development to connect the residential area north of Town Center Parkway to the transit/ trolley station and commercial area to the south to promote safe walking and bicycling trips.

Grant Application

Parking Management Plan (Del Mar) – Requested $45,000
Develop a Parking Management Plan to address immediate to long-term management strategies for appropriately managing parking facilities in the Central Commercial District, beach area and seasonal impact areas of Del Mar, engage stakeholders, and create a distinctly urban, compact, walkable mixed-use district.

Grant Application

In September 2012, the SANDAG Board of Directors approved funding for a FY2011 - FY2013 call for projects. The call for projects was released on October 12, 2012, and applications were due January 18, 2013. A pre-application workshop was held on October 29, 2012.

Capital Grants

Program Guidelines | Application Form | Scope, Schedule, and Budget Template | Sample Resolution | Grant Agreement

Planning Grants

Program Guidelines | Application Form | Scope, Schedule, and Budget Template | Sample Resolution  | Grant Agreement

Reference Documents

Designing for Smart Growth, Creating Great Places in the San Diego Region | Planning and Designing for Pedestrians, Model Guidelines for the San Diego Region  | California Highway Design Manual (Chapter 1000, Bikeway Planning and Design) | SANDAG Board Policy Nos. 031, 033, and 035 | SANDAG Smart Growth Concept Map | Integrating Transportation Demand Management Into the Planning and Development Process | Public Rights-of-way Accessibility Guidelines

FY 2009 - 2010 Funding Cycle

In May 2009, the SANDAG Board of Directors approved funding for the initial cycle of projects under this program. A list of the eight capital projects and six planning project that were awarded funding, along with links to copies of the successful grant applications, are available on the FY 2009 - 2010 TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program Funding Cycle  project page.

Project Manager

Suchi Mukherjee, Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-7315, Email: suchi.mukherjee@sandag.org

Susan Baldwin, Senior Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-1943, Email: susan.baldwin@sandag.org

For media inquiries, please contact David Hicks at (619) 699-6939 or david.hicks@sandag.org.