SANDAG Increases 10-Year Target for New Homes in Region to 171,000

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Apartments under construction in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Jennewein

The San Diego Association of Governments board bowed to housing advocates and voted Friday to increase its target for the number of new housing units to be built in San Diego County over the next decade.

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The decision is in response to the state’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment, which regional planning agencies like SANDAG use to plan transportation and other infrastructure investments.

California Department of Housing and Community Development officials determined that 171,000 units need to be built locally from 2021 to 2029, but SANDAG officials voted in May to ask the state to accept a goal of 116,000 units instead.

But housing advocates and some SANDAG board members pushed for adoption of the higher number, saying the use of lower numbers in the past “has contributed to the housing crisis seen today.”

The decision was welcomed by local housing proponents.

“Today, the San Diego region showed its commitment to solving the housing crisis through taking bold action,” said Maya Rosas, policy director with Circulate San Diego. “SANDAG’s choice today is a model for the rest of California to follow.

— From Staff and Wire Reports

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