Blueprint SD is a proactive effort to create an equitable and sustainable framework for growth to support current and future San Diegans. Blueprint SD is using the best available data to identify areas for more homes and jobs that are connected to convenient and affordable options to walk, bike, and ride transit to meet daily needs, such as going to work, school, or the grocery store. This approach helps meet the needs of our growing city while making progress towards our climate goals. This updated strategy (or “blueprint”) for growth will be used to refresh the General Plan.
A Discussion Draft General Plan Amendment is available to review. This first provided an opportunity for community members to review and provide early feedback - it is not final!
A second draft based on comments the City received from May 8, 2023 through June 30, 2023 will be available this winter for further feedback. Comments on the second draft will then be considered for the General Plan amendment before they are presented to the City Council for consideration in spring 2024. In the meantime, send your comments about Blueprint SD via email to email@example.com.
Download the Summary of Changes or review changes to individual chapters (also called “Elements”) below:
A Planning Commission Workshop was held on Thursday, June 29. beginning at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers. Check the Planning Commission website for more information. See documents and materials from the June 29 Planning Commission Workshop below:
Why Do We Need Blueprint SD?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by planning for new development located close to where people need to go.
Feedback on Community Discussion Draft General Plan Amendment
Feedback on Draft General Plan Amendment
Feedback on Draft Environmental Impact Report
Public Hearings and Adoption
Community Planners Committee
- Blueprint SD Video
- Blueprint SD Video: Spanish
- Blueprint SD Fact Sheet (March 2023)
- DRAFT Blueprint SD Village Propensity Map (September 2022)
- Blueprint SD Fact Sheet: Spanish
- Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for Blueprint SD (July 2021)