About SANDAG

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the public agency responsible for coordinating regional efforts to address many important issues in San Diego County. These issues include building a more efficient, connected, and accessible transportation system; protecting the environment; improving public health; promoting a strong regional economy; better managing our access to energy; using lanes more wisely; incorporating equity into the planning process; addressing pressing needs on tribal lands; and supporting a vibrant international border. As the region’s planning agency, SANDAG is uniquely positioned to bring together decision-makers from all areas of the region.

One of SANDAG’s primary responsibilities is regional transportation planning. Through the Regional Plan, SANDAG invests in transit, highways, bike and pedestrian infrastructure, freight corridors, and technologies to better manage our regional transportation system and the everyday demands on it. We also offer grant programs and other financial incentives to local jurisdictions and organizations. Through all this work, SANDAG influences policies for how local governments use land, protect the environment, and grow their economies.

Learn more about the Regional Plan

Who makes up SANDAG?

SANDAG is made up of the 18 cities and county government in the San Diego region. SANDAG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of mayors, councilmembers, and county supervisors from each of the region's 19 local governments. Supplementing these voting members are advisory representatives from Caltrans, Imperial County, Metropolitan Transit System, Mexico, North County Transit District, San Diego County Water Authority, San Diego Unified Port District, Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

See how we partner with local groups

How does SANDAG budget its funds?

Each May, the SANDAG Board of Directors adopts an overall work program and budget with federal, state, and local funds to support the agency’s ongoing projects.

Who can get involved?

There are opportunities for all members of the San Diego community to participate in work conducted by SANDAG. The Public Participation Plan guides SANDAG’s efforts to inform regional stakeholders and involve them in the decision-making process for issues that affect them. Key project topics include population growth, housing, transportation, air quality, environmental management, open space, energy, fiscal management, economic development, and public safety.

We encourage you to participate in SANDAG Board of Directors, Transportation Committee, Regional Planning Committee, Borders Committee, and Public Safety Committee meetings as well as other technical working groups and ad hoc committees.

See the SANDAG calendar for involvement opportunities

Are SANDAG meetings open to the public?

All SANDAG Board and advisory committee meetings are public meetings and anyone is welcome to participate. As part of our COVID-19 response and commitment to public health and safety, staff is reviewing the calendar of events and recommending changes, cancellations, or postponements on a case-by-case basis. When possible, SANDAG will conduct meetings and other important outreach virtually. SANDAG offices are currently closed to the public, and employees are teleworking.

To request Board and advisory committee meeting agendas, please contact the SANDAG Clerk of the Board at clerk@sandag.org or (619) 699-1912.

View all SANDAG meetings

Read more about our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response

How can I connect with SANDAG?

Subscribing to Region, the SANDAG monthly email newsletter, is one way to stay informed and involved.

You also can connect with SANDAG on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

For public records requests, please see our Public Records Request Guidelines.

For media inquiries, please contact Jessica Gonzales at (619) 699-1950 or jessica.gonzales@sandag.org.