2021 Regional Plan Amendment

We have heard clearly from our communities that now is not the time to move forward with a mileage tax (road user charge/fee). 

A draft amendment that would remove the regional road user charge from the 2021 Regional Plan was shared publicly in June and will be presented to the Board for action in October. 

As far as the 2025 Regional Plan—one of the first steps is to bring an initial concept to the Board later this year for review. Based on Board direction, there will not be a regional road user charge included in that either. 

In the meantime, we want to be clear that SANDAG is not doing anything to implement a regional road user charge.

Supplemental Environmental Impact Report

As the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act, SANDAG has prepared a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the proposed amendment to the 2021 Regional Plan.

In developing the amendment, SANDAG has updated the financial strategies used in the 2021 Regional Plan and assessed the region’s continued ability to achieve the greenhouse gas emissions target set by the California Air Resources Board as well as federal air quality standards, without the road user charge.

The proposed amendment was available for public review and comment from June 13, 2023, through August 8, 2023. A public hearing was held on June 23, followed by three virtual workshops.

SANDAG is finalizing the amendment, which will include responses to comments received by August 8. The amendment is expected to be brought to the Board of Directors for consideration on October 27, 2023.