TRANSIT BEFORE DENSITY
What We Want
California is in an affordable housing crisis. Debate about what has caused, and what will fix the crisis rages as the price of homes skyrocket. Whatever the fix, it needs to come fast.
Current state legislators have introduced new legislation, sb50 and sb330, that claims the fix is in the problem: too many single family homes and not enough multi-family homes. Established, older built-out communities of single-family homes will be up-zoned into scores multi-family rental units, first in TPAs and then in “Jobs Rich” areas of San Diego County.
But before that “fix” is applied, San Diego needs a viable, connected and properly planned transit system from SANDAG before disastrous removals of parking regulations and height limits, or implementation of mandatory density quotas forced upon us that the current legislation proposes.
SANDAG needs a new vision and a way to finance it, read the new Director, Hasan Ikhrata’s assessment…
AB 1730: A Deadline Extension for SANDAG
This bill, written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, allows SANDAG an extra two years to submit its regional transportation plan, a document required by law that lays out how the agency plans to meet its transportation and climate goals. AB 805, an earlier bill passed by Gonzalez, restructured the agency, giving larger cities in the region far more power. Between that shakeup and the agency hiring a new executive director following massive scandal, the bill is needed to give the agency time to adjust to the changes and to produce a plan that reflects the new leadership’s vision, according to an analysis of the bill.
We want a moratorium on any Transit Oriented Development (TOD) until SANDAG’s new plan is court approved.
RTB is a grassroots public participation platform employed to raise public awareness and empower all San Diegans to engage in the planning decisions of our county.
Contact James LaMattery