Blueprint SD is an effort to create a sustainable framework for growth – including more homes, jobs, and better transportation options – to support current and future San Diegans. Blueprint SD will amend the citywide General Plan to include policies to encourage growth in areas that can best help us achieve our climate goals and improve opportunities to walk, bike, and take transit to meet our daily needs. Blueprint SD will reflect the changes since the last General Plan update in 2008, including the Climate Action Plan and SANDAG’s regional transportation system. This updated citywide framework will then guide future community plan updates and other planning initiatives.

Why Do We Need Blueprint SD?

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To create more homes and jobs by transit.

San Diego is currently home to 1.4 million residents. Due to a limited supply of homes, neighborhoods across the City experience higher housing costs, overcrowding, and sub-par housing conditions. In many areas, jobs have also been built far away from the places where we live. Increasing the number of homes and jobs by transit is important to create better connections and improve economic opportunity for each household.

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To expand convenient and affordable transportation options.

The largest source of the harmful pollutants or greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) entering our environment and worsening our air comes from our transportation network. Our transportation network accounts for over half (55%) of our emissions. Blueprint SD will identify opportunities to increase convenient and affordable transportation options – like walking, biking, and taking transit – for trips to work, school, grocery stores, and other daily needs, which would also lower the harmful pollutants entering our environment.

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To make progress towards climate goals.

We experience the impacts of climate change through increased wildfires, extreme heat, sea level rise, drought, and extreme rainfall. Our most vulnerable communities also bear the largest burden of climate change and face significant financial and health risks from changing conditions. The City’s Climate Action Plan sets a goal of net zero emissions by 2035. To support this goal, 50 percent of all trips across the City will need to take place through walking, biking, or transit in the next 13 years. Blueprint SD is using the best data and modeling to create a framework to meet these targets.

What Are the Benefits?

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A clear strategy to grow in a climate-friendly way.

Blueprint SD will amend the General Plan to focus growth in areas that demonstrate the greatest transit competitiveness (also known as “transit propensity”). The General Plan will also be amended to include supportive land use and transportation policies that improve transit competitiveness and overall transportation options. These updated policies will then guide future neighborhood-level planning activities, including community plan updates.

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A Citywide Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) to streamline future environmental review.

The impacts of the General Plan amendment will be analyzed in a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) that is prepared according to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Future community plan updates can then tier from the citywide PEIR and analyze community-specific issues through the preparation of the appropriate CEQA document (for example, a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report [SEIR]). This approach will create a streamlined environmental review process that focuses on analyzing issues of local importance.

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Timely community plan updates and alignment with Climate Action Plan goals.

By providing an updated citywide framework for growth and streamlined environmental review process, neighborhood-level planning efforts can better align with the goals of the Climate Action Plan. Future community plan updates could potentially be completed within two to three years (versus four to five years).

Strategic Plan Priority Areas of Focus

This initiative focuses on the following priority areas of the Strategic Plan:

Create Homes for All of Us

Promotes housing strategically in areas close to transit, stores, jobs, schools and parks.

Advance Mobility & Infrastructure

Identifies areas for new homes and other development that can best be served by transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure investments.

Champion Sustainability

Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by planning for new development located close to where people need to go.

Project Timeline

Fall/Winter 2022


Prepare Data Modeling (In Progress)

Release Citywide Web Survey

Release Initial Draft General Plan Amendments

Winter/Spring 2023


Release Revised Draft General Plan Amendments

Release Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

Spring/Summer 2023


Public Hearings and Adoption

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