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Made by the Equinox Center in San Diego. For better land use in San Diego, visit http://www.equinoxcenter.org/research-topics/land-use/overview.html

Made by the Equinox Center in San Diego. For better land use in San Diego, visit http://www.equinoxcenter.org/research-topics/land-use/overview.html

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  • 1. Why Does Land Use Matter?
  • 2. By the year 2030, San Diego will be home to nearly 4 million people.
    We need an additional 300,000 housing units to meet these needs.
    How can we accommodate this growth through smarter land use?
    Developed 2011 by Equinox Center. Reproduction free for educational purposes. Photo credit: SANDAG
  • 3. San Diegans spend 100% more time in traffic today than they did 15 years ago.
    Nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions in San Diego County are from on-road transportation.
    Developed 2011 by Equinox Center. Reproduction free for educational purposes.
  • 4. 9% of energy is lost in transmission.
    Scattered development is inefficient:
    the farther a building is from an energy source, the more energy is wasted along the way.
    Developed 2011 by Equinox Center. Reproduction free for educational purposes.
  • 5. Better land planning can improve traffic congestion, air quality and other quality of life factors
    while reducing water and energy waste from transmission and transport,
    and preserving natural areas.
    Developed 2011 by Equinox Center. Reproduction free for educational purposes. Photo credit: XXXXX
  • 6. Jobs, shopping and services located near residential areas
    Business-friendly, walkable communities
    Multi-family housing
    Fewer traffic delays, improvedairquality
    More opportunity for affordable housing
    Multiple transportationoptions
    Intelligent Land Planning…
    How does it work?
    Access to natural areas for all
    Improved recreational opportunities and public health
    Compact development fills in urbanized areas, preserves undeveloped areas
    More efficient, cost effective use of energy, water
    Creating HealthierEconomy, Environment & Communities
    Developed 2011 by Equinox Center. Reproduction free for educational purposes.
  • 7. One example, before and after.
    E Street, Chula Vista, near bayfront.
    How might compact development look here?
    Visual simulation created by Steve Price of Urban Advantage, Inc. Source: SANDAG Smart Growth Tool Box, www.sandag.org
  • 8. Compact growth can boost economic development by creating walkable, business-friendly neighborhoods.
    Photo source: International Economic Development Council, 2006: “Economic Development and Smart Growth,” www.iedconline.org/downloads/smart_growth.pdf
  • 9. Less sprawl and more transportation options result in fewer miles driven
    —reducing traffic, fuel costs and improving air quality.
    Developed 2011 by Equinox Center. Reproduction free for educational purposes. Photo credit: SANDAG
  • 10. Poor air quality is a public health cost: $1,200 per person in Southern California.
    Facilitating healthy habits like walking and biking improves public health.
    Developed 2011 by Equinox Center. Reproduction free for educational purposes. Photo credit: SANDAG
  • 11. Compact development helps preserve natural open spaces for recreation
    Developed 2011 by Equinox Center. Reproduction free for educational purposes.
  • 12. and a vibrant agricultural economy.
    Developed 2011 by Equinox Center. Reproduction free for educational purposes.
  • 13. For more information and resources about strategies for better land use in San Diego, visit www.equinoxcenter.org/research-topics/land-use/overview.html.