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Legislative Program

Legislative Program

SANDAG provides a critically important public forum for regional policy decisions on everything from land use and growth, infrastructure project delivery, and technology to housing, open space, binational collaboration, climate, energy, and environmental management.

We’ve set broad, policy-oriented goals to advance SANDAG’s mission, vision, and strategic priorities by securing the necessary legislative authority, program funding, political support, and/or regulatory actions at the local, state, and federal levels.

SANDAG is committed to creating a San Diego region where every person who lives, works, and visits can thrive. We will continue to promote projects, policies, and programs, like broadband internet access, that reflect principles of equity and inclusion, and will work with stakeholders to identify areas of improvement. For one, SANDAG will work with the state to modify tools, such as CalEnviroScreen, so that the region’s Community Based Organizations can better access funds tohelp address the inequities that exist today.

Making sure SANDAG’s Regional Plan becomes a reality depends on having the funds to implement it. We will continue to seek state and federal grants, discretionary awards, pilot programs, and strategic partnerships to fund the many projects we’re involved in each year. We also support opportunities to pilot meaningful technologies, programs, and processes, and leverage new and existing partner relationships.

To enable SANDAG to plan and deliver its regional planning projects in an efficient, cost effective, and innovative manner, we support California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform and streamlining for transportation-related projects where reasonable. We also encourage innovative project delivery methods and strategies that expedite projects, minimize costs, and provide the highest quality of service.

To address the lack of affordable housing that negatively affects residents, businesses, and our overall quality of life, SANDAG is partnering with its member agencies and other stakeholders to support legislative efforts that incentivize housing development (hyperlink: /regional-vision/housing-land-use) near existing and planned transportation.

SANDAG will continue to coordinate comprehensive planning efforts to improve the critical border transportation and infrastructure along the U.S.-Mexico border. We also coordinate with the region’s 17 federally-recognized and sovereign tribal nations to ensure tribal priorities are integrated into the region’s vision for the future.

SANDAG has a long history of working closely with local jurisdictions and stakeholders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve other environmental goals through sustainable transportation projects, programs, and services. SANDAG will partner with stakeholders to maximize clean transportation investments to help advance the region’s mobility, resiliency, and sustainability goals.

To keep up with the rapidly changing world of mobility, SANDAG has developed an innovative long-term planning process – using data science and analytics – to create a model that enables the state and other regions to utilize Big Data for transportation planning efforts. SANDAG will seek policies, infrastructure investments, and new opportunities to employ data analytics research to further the agency’s work, including new ways of conducting business in partnership with the private sector.

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