Growth Conundrum: SANDAG Hosts Workshops On Transportation Planning
Monday, April 26, 2010, 4 to 7 p.m.
Escondido City Hall, Mitchell Room
201 N. Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025
For additional dates and more information about the workshops, go to www.sandag.org/2050rtp.
San Diego County is projected to grow from 3 million people to 4.4 million people by the year 2050. The San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, starts a series of workshops tonight inviting the public to get involved with the plan to deal with the region's growth.
San Diego is the first county in the state of California that will update its growth and transportation plan with the state’s new carbon reduction laws in mind.
SANDAG Director of Land Use and Transportation Planning Charles Stoll says the challenge is to figure out how to accommodate another million people in the region, while cutting down on greenhouse gases.
"Your listeners might ask, 'Geez, 2050, why should we care about that? It’s 40 years away,'" said Stoll. "And our feeling is we’ve got 40 years to get there and how are we going to get there? So how people feel about the transportation system today is very important for how we plan for the future."
SANDAG says the county will need 1.9 million jobs and 1.5 million housing units by 2050.
Unlike in the past, very little of the growth over the next 40 years is expected to be from people moving here from elsewhere. Most of it will be due to the birthrate and longer life expectancy of today’s residents.