Community Input

Community input is critical to creating a Regional Plan that reflects the varied values, needs, and interests of the San Diego region's residents and businesses. SANDAG is committed to engaging a broad and diverse cross-section of the San Diego region during the development of the Plan.

Stay Connected
Make sure you’re subscribed to receive updates about the development of the Regional Plan and how to get involved. 

Informational Panel Presentations
Follow these videos as industry experts and staff share key information with the SANDAG Board of Directors about why and how we’re developing the 2021 Regional Plan. You also can attend or listen live to upcoming Board meetings.

5 Big Moves Webinar Series
Learn more about each of the 5 Big Moves and how the public and private sectors are embracing these innovations by watching the 5 Big Moves webinar series.

Visit the Vision Lab
The SANDAG Vision Lab is a collaborative space for community members, elected officials, working groups, industry leaders, and SANDAG staff to discuss ideas, data, and tools for developing our regional transportation vision. 

Visit the Vision Lab to discuss development of the 2021 Regional Plan with SANDAG staff and share your input, explore interactive maps that show where people live and work around our region, and learn how the 5 Big Moves can improve your commute and the environment.

Explore Data About Where People Live and Work
SANDAG conducted an analysis to better understand where employment centers are in the region, what industries are located there, where the employees in these areas live, and how they commute. This quantitative data will help identify critical transportation connections throughout the region to support development of a bold new vision in 5 Big Moves. You can explore this data in our interactive mapping tool.

Share Your Ideas
To provide input online, complete this form (English | Español) or email

Developing the 2021 Regional Plan
The SANDAG Board of Directors unanimously approved an action plan to develop a bold new vision for the Regional Plan on Friday, February 22, 2019. This innovative transportation system will strive to get people where they need to go quickly, exceed the state’s new greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, and support local jurisdictions’ achievement of local Climate Action Plan goals.

On Friday, April 26, 2019, the SANDAG Board, all its Policy Advisory Committees, and the Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee gathered in a first-ever joint meeting to discuss initial ideas for transforming the region’s transportation system. These key strategies – known as 5 Big Moves – will set the framework for a new regional transportation vision for the 2021 Regional Plan. 

This new vision for the future will build on the significant public input received so far, as well as consider cutting edge technologies, social equity, sustainability, supporting land use and housing, and economic opportunities. Visit our video library to watch updates about the next steps for developing the vision, including messages from SANDAG Chair Steve Vaus and Vice Chair Catherine Blakespear. Learn more about developing the vision for the 2021 Regional Plan.  


2019 Regional Plan Transportation Network Concepts
Throughout October 2018, SANDAG hosted seven events throughout the region and a survey to gather input on three transportation network concepts – Shared Mobility, Connected Corridors, and Policy Possibilities. Each concept includes transit, active transportation, and roadway projects, which emphasize different priorities, programs, projects, and policies. 

We heard you! Review the summary of public input (English | Español) presented to the SANDAG Board of Directors on November 16, 2018

Community event materials (by station, in English and Spanish) 

    How are Regional Plan Transportation Networks Developed? 
    Draft transportation network scenarios are developed considering a variety of factors, including regional needs, emerging technologies, the environment, health communities, and the economy. Watch this series of informational videos to explore the  network scenario development process, and learn about the types of transportation projects, programs and services, and technology that could be included in the 2019 Regional Plan. In early 2018, a series of white papers were prepared to inform development of the 2019 Regional Plan: Emerging TechnologiesClimate ChangePublic Health, and Economic Prosperity.


    2019 Regional Plan Transportation Network Themes 
    SANDAG hosted seven open houses throughout the region (April 23-May 3) and a survey (April 23-May 10) to gather input on transportation network themes. Staff reviewed responses and comments from the open houses and survey, and prepared a summary of input (English | Español); this input was used to develop transportation network concepts, which were available for public review and input in October 2018.

    Network Themes Open House Materials (by station, in English and Spanish)

    2019 Regional Plan Transportation Network Performance Measures Workshop 
    On December 4, 2017, SANDAG hosted a workshop to gather input on the potential transportation network performance measures for San Diego Forward: The 2019-2050 Regional Plan. The thoughtful and extensive input gathered at the workshop is important to develop effective performance measures to evaluate San Diego’s future regional transportation network. 

    Workshop materials: 

    Following the workshop and through December 15, 2017, more than 300 respondents provided feedback on the proposed Performance Measures through an online survey. Staff reviewed comments and developed a summary of survey input . Major community input themes include support for a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) measure, assessing health outcomes and the perception of safety, and mode- and subregional-specific metrics.

    After several months of coordination and collaboration with the public, stakeholders, SANDAG Policy Advisory Committees and Working Groups, as well as an industry-led Peer Review Panel, staff presented the Draft Performance Measures to the Transportation and Regional Planning Committees on February 2, 2018. Proposed Performance Measures were presented to the Regional Planning Committee (March 2) and Transportation Committee (March 16), and final Performance Measures were approved by the Board of Directors on March 23, 2018.

    Public Involvement Plan
    In August 2017, SANDAG updated the Public Involvement Plan (PIP) for the 2019 Regional Plan. The PIP guides the public outreach strategies used to develop the Regional Plan. The PIP has been created based on input obtained throughout the development of the 2015 Regional Plan, including feedback from the SANDAG Board of Directors, Policy Advisory Committees, working groups, tribal governments, surveys, a wide variety of communications experts, and our regional stakeholders and partners, including a network of Community Based Organizations (CBOs).

    Community Based Outreach
    In order to reach out to community members who have traditionally been underserved and underrepresented in the planning process, SANDAG has partnered with 12 Community Based Organizations from around the region who serve these vulnerable populations and are part of those communities. These organizations serve as liaisons to engage stakeholders from low-income communities, limited-English speaking populations, the disabled community and seniors to ensure that their voices are heard and that their concerns are incorporated into San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. 

    To learn more about our Community Based Organizations and our social equity efforts, please visit the Promoting Social Equity page.

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