Build Better SD is a citywide initiative to enable the faster delivery of
public spaces and buildings equitably and sustainably across San Diego.
One City, Two Realities
Playgrounds, Mobility & Transportation, and Parks
Envisioning Build Better SD
Build Better SD is a citywide initiative to support the City of San Diego’s equity, access, conservation and sustainability goals. This initiative will set clear policies intended to create more opportunities for innovative, culturally relevant and interactive public spaces by prioritizing investments in areas where the needs are greatest—streamlining the delivery of more infrastructure, to more people, more quickly. To learn more about these disparities view the story map for this initiative.
Parks for All of Us, adopted by City Council on Aug. 3 of 2021, initiated a more equitable funding system for parks, recreation, and trails, by creating a citywide scaled fee for new parks throughout the City, prioritizing those with the greatest need. Build Better SD is an extension of Parks for All of Us so that we have equitable, need-based, comprehensive funding for not only parks, but all public spaces, including libraries, streets, pedestrian and bike facilities, as well as other gathering spaces.
Build Better SD prioritizes the delivery of:
How to Make Build Better SD a Reality
- Delays as well as projects that cannot be fully funded.
- Inequitable investments.
- Funds that vary greatly between communities.
- $222 million dollars currently unable to be spent efficiently.
One City, Two Realities
Similar to Parks For All of Us, this initiative will facilitate the creation of a citywide infrastructure funding program. This will ensure that projects are prioritized and funded in a streamlined manner to efficiently address the infrastructure gaps of areas with the greatest needs, which will result in delivering infrastructure faster across the City.
This initiative will create a standardized Citywide fee for new development to streamline public investments with an emphasis on:
- Addressing historical investment inequities.
- Delivering infrastructure to areas with the greatest needs faster and more efficiently across the City.
Get Involved & Stay Connected!
Do you have any questions about Build Better SD? Do you have ideas about how we can better inform you and your community or gain additional input from San Diegans?
Please email us at email@example.com so we can connect!
We want to hear from you! Proposed DRAFT amendments and related DRAFT documents are now available for your review. Please share your input to help prepare final versions that best serve you and your community. As investments are made to enable the faster delivery of public spaces and infrastructure equitably and sustainably across San Diego, we want to hear from you to make our proposal better. Your feedback at this stage is critical – your input will shape the proposed amendments that will be presented to City Council for adoption.
Please share your comments or input with the project team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- General Plan Amendment – Public Facilities Element – DRAFT - 3/24/22
- RTCIP Funding Program Amendment – DRAFT - 3/24/22
- Build Better SD Code Amendment Package – DRAFT - 4/6/22
- Appendix M. Trip Generation Manual – DRAFT – 3/24/22
- Appendix U. DIF Program Manual – DRAFT – 3/24/22
- Current Development Impact Fee Schedule – 12/15/21
- City of SD - Fire and Rescue Unit Cost Memo – DRAFT - 3/16/22
- City of SD - Library Unit Cost Memo – DRAFT - 3/16/22
- City of SD – Fire & Rescue Fee Nexus Study – DRAFT - 3/24/22
- City of SD – Library Fee Nexus Study – DRAFT - 3/24/22
- City of SD – Mobility Fee Nexus Study – DRAFT - 3/24/22
- City of SD – DIF Program Residential Scaling Methodology – 3/24/22
- DIF Calculator - DRAFT - 4/27/22
This is a preliminary version of the calculator designed to share information about the potential ranges of fees, and does not include discounts for the Mobility, Fire and Libraries fees that are proposed as part of Build Better SD. Your feedback on the fee amounts and any potential policy goals that could be addressed through the final fee amounts is welcome and appreciated.
- FY23 DIF Comparison - 900 SF MDU
- FY23 DIF Comparison - 1500 SF SDU
Included above are comparisons between the current Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023) Development Impact Fee schedule and the proposed schedule with Build Better SD for a 900 SF multi- dwelling unit (mdu) and a 1500 SF single dwelling unit (sdu). These numbers do not consider reductions available for affordable dwelling units and units located within a transit priority district.
For the current fee schedule effective July 1, 2022, the Citywide Park DIF will replace the community-based parks component for all new permit applications.