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Comprehensive Land Use and Regional Growth Projects

TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program and Active Transportation Grant Program

The TransNet Extension Ordinance provides funding for two competitive grant programs that support local efforts to increase walking, biking, and transit use throughout the region: the Smart Growth Incentive Program (SGIP) and Active Transportation Grant Program (ATGP). The ATGP also is funded with Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds.

Information on all grant-funded projects to date is available in a summary and as an interactive map at

Project managers can refer to the Grant Resources page for information regarding baseline data collection, communications, signage, logos, agency staff and project managers’ contact information, as well as other general information.

Smart Growth Incentive Program

The SGIP provides funding for transportation-related infrastructure improvements and planning efforts that support smart growth development in Smart Growth Opportunity Areas as shown on the Smart Growth Concept Map (updated May 2016). The goal is to fund comprehensive public infrastructure projects and planning activities that facilitate compact, mixed-use, transit-oriented development and  increase housing and transportation choices. SANDAG makes available the grant applications of projects funded through the SGIP.

Pilot SGIP | SGIP Cycle 1 | SGIP Cycle 2 | SGIP Cycle 3 | SGIP Cycle 4

The fifth cycle SGIP planning call for projects was approved by the SANDAG Board of Directors on November 19, 2021. Applications and questions must be submitted via BidNet Direct. Questions are due no later than February 11, 2022 by 5 p.m. and applications are due by February 28, 2022. A virtual pre-proposal workshop will be held to answer any questions about the call for projects. The workshop will be held from 1-3 p.m. via Zoom:

Active Transportation Grant Program

The goal of the ATGP is to encourage local jurisdictions to plan and build facilities that promote multiple travel choices and increase connectivity to transit, schools, retail centers, parks, work, and other community gathering places. The grant program also encourages local jurisdictions to provide bike parking, education, encouragement, and awareness programs that support pedestrian and bike infrastructure. SANDAG makes available the grant applications of projects funded through the ATGP.

ATGP Cycle 1 | ATGP Cycle 2 | ATGP/ATP Funds Exchange Projects | ATGP Cycle 3 | ATGP Cycle 4

Quarterly status reports for active grant projects are presented to the TransNet Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee, Regional Planning Committee, and Transportation Committee.

Starting in 2022, all SANDAG grants reporting has been consolidated and is available at

Reference Documents for Both Programs

  • SANDAG Smart Growth Concept Map
  • SANDAG Designing for Smart Growth: Creating Great Places in the San Diego Region
  • Planning and Designing for Pedestrians: Model Guidelines for the San Diego Region
  • Design Standards from Riding to 2050: The San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan
  • Active Design Guidelines
  • TransNet Signage Guide
  • National Association of City Transportation Officials Urban Street Design Guide
  • National Association of City Transportation Officials Urban Bikeway Design Guide
  • Caltrans Highway Design Manual (Chapter 1000, Bicycle and Transportation Design)
  • California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines
  • Integrating Transportation Demand Management into the Planning and Development Process
  • SANDAG Board Policy Nos. 031, 033 and 035
  • TransNet Extension Ordinance
  • 2050 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Community Strategy
  • Regional Comprehensive Plan
  • Regional Housing Progress Report 2003-2013
  • Project Manager

    Tracy Ferchaw, Associate Grant Analyst
    Phone: (619) 699-1977, Email:

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