Faulconer, Kersey Release First-Ever Multi-Year Plan to Rebuild San Diego

Plan Combines All of the City's Infrastructure Needs into a Single Document

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 - NEWS RELEASE

San Diego - Today Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and City Councilmember Mark Kersey released a multi-year capital planning report that - for the first time ever - combines all of the City's infrastructure needs into a single document and creates a long-term plan for neighborhood projects.

The Consolidated Multi-Year Capital Plan is a comprehensive assessment of the City's infrastructure needs and represents the first step in what will be an ongoing and transparent conversation with San Diegans over infrastructure, service levels, expectations and allocation of funding for priority projects. This document will be regularly updated and refined as the City gathers more data and input from the public.

"It is time to rebuild our city," Mayor Faulconer said. "San Diego's success depends on our ability to support neighborhoods with reliable infrastructure. This long-range planning document gives us a comprehensive understanding of the City's infrastructure needs like never before and a path forward to address critical neighborhood projects throughout the city."

In last week's State of the City address, Faulconer announced plans to "repair the City's repair program." This long-term planning effort is the first of a series of reforms he will bring forward this year to speed up projects and hold contractors accountable. He also committed to making street repair the City's top infrastructure priority and pledged to repair 1,000 miles of roads during the next five years, an ambitious effort that would improve roughly one-third of the City's entire street network.

The new planning document reflects the priorities of everyday San Diegans in large part because of the extensive and ongoing community outreach performed by the office of Councilmember Kersey, who chairs the Council's Infrastructure Committee.

"Infrastructure is the number one issue facing San Diego. Our residents want and deserve pothole-free streets, safe sidewalks and reasonable response time from our first responders," Kersey said. "This new report is the most comprehensive analysis of the challenges we face. As chair of the Infrastructure Committee, I am committed to leading the City's efforts to tackle this problem once and for all."

Since its creation two years ago, the Infrastructure Committee has successfully implemented policies related to asset management, community input and CIP prioritization. The committee will hold a hearing on the new multi-year plan at its 2 p.m. Wednesday hearing.

CONTACT: Craig Gustafson at (619) 453-9880 or [email protected]