The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Wednesday to rescind a transportation research information related to future improvement initiatives, together with housing.
The vote comes after the Governor’s Workplace of Planning and Analysis launched new steering stating that unincorporated areas ought to use all the county area as a foundation for analyzing the variety of car miles traveled for improvement. The county’s earlier research information was primarily based on car miles traveled solely inside unincorporated areas.
Supervisors additionally directed employees to offer further info on 13 gadgets, together with extra infill improvement and initiatives constructed close to public transportation, by January 2022.
In June 2020, supervisors adopted the TSG to investigate car miles traveled, as mandated by state Senate Invoice 743. Signed into legislation in 2013, SB 743 modified how housing initiatives are analyzed by reviewing residential VMT as solution to scale back visitors, journey prices and greenhouse fuel emissions.
Final 12 months, the Cleveland Nationwide Forest Basis filed a lawsuit in opposition to the county’s authentic TSG in San Diego Superior Court docket, claiming it violated state legislation.
On the identical time, the county has fallen wanting assembly inexpensive housing targets. Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer stated if the county doesn’t comply with OPR steering, it wants to indicate that an alternate coverage will work.
Lawson-Remer stated SB 743 and the state Environmental High quality Act are the legislation, and “the one regional path ahead is to align with state steering.”
And since SB 743 helps infill improvement and reduces commute occasions, “it cuts rules and makes it simpler to construct in the appropriate locations, and makes it harder to construct within the unsuitable locations,” Lawson-Remer stated. “That’s good coverage.”
Supervisor Jim Desmond stated he reluctantly supported a county employees’s advice to rescind the TSG. Desmond additionally stated utilizing a regional strategy “will devastate our housing alternatives.” However any authorized problem will delay housing improvement, he added.
“We maintain forcing individuals to maneuver additional away” to search out inexpensive housing, which solely will increase car miles traveled, Desmond stated.
He added it was higher to rescind the TSG, and resolve the Cleveland Nationwide Forest Basis’s lawsuit, so the county can maintain some native management.
Throughout a public listening to, environmental teams supported scrapping the TSG and beginning over, whereas constructing trade representatives advised the board depart properly sufficient alone.
Noah Harris, with Local weather Motion Marketing campaign, stated the county must comply with state steering, and undertake new VMT requirements.
“This board has made a number of daring commitments to local weather motion, however nonetheless has not taken any important motion on stopping sprawl,” Harris stated.
Lori Holt Pfeiler, CEO of Constructing Business Affiliation of San Diego, stated beginning over would enhance the housing disaster.
“Our group cloth is eroding due to that, with households chasing housing the place they’ll discover it,” she added. “Our first desire can be to do nothing at the moment.”
Erik Bruvold, CEO of San Diego North Financial Improvement Council, agreed with Pfeiler. He reminded environmental teams that 150,000 individuals commute day-after-day from Riverside County to jobs in San Diego County as a result of they’ll’t afford housing right here.
In a press release launched after the board assembly, David Grubb, a member of the San Diego High quality of Life Coalition, stated a powerful endorsement of SB 743 “will present precisely what the county must protect our pure lands in distant areas, and promote good improvement in areas the place providers, infrastructure and facilities will be supplied effectively — particularly to these communities the place it’s wanted most.”
Supervisor Joel Anderson was absent from Wednesday’s board assembly, which targeted on land use points.