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Why Does Land Use Matter?


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? !"#"$%&"'()*++(,-(./012%3(4"25"67(8"&6%'09:%2(;6""(;%6("'09<:%2<$(&06&%="=7((>?%5%(96"'15@(ABC!BD(


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.

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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.

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How does it work?

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One example, before and after: E Street, Chula Vista, near bayfront. How might compact development look here?

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One example, before and after: E Street, Chula Vista, near bayfront. How might compact development look here?

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One example, before and after: E Street, Chula Vista, near bayfront. How might compact development look here?

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One example, before and after: E Street, Chula Vista, near bayfront. How might compact development look here?

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One example, before and after: E Street, Chula Vista, near bayfront. How might compact development look here?

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Compact growth can boost economic development by creating walkable, business-friendly neighborhoods. >?%5%((=%069"@(E25"62<:%2<$(.9%2%M19(!"#"$%&M"25(4%0291$J()**[@(\.9%2%M19(!"#"$%&M"25(<2'(AM<65(D6%Q5?J](QQQ71"'9%2$12"7%6F^'%Q2$%<'=^=M<65_F6%Q5?7&';(


Less sprawl and more transportation options result in fewer miles driven â&#x20AC;&#x201D;reducing traffic, fuel costs and improving air quality.

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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.

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Compact development helps preserve natural open spaces for recreation

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and a vibrant agricultural economy.

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For more information and resources about strategies for better land use in San Diego, visit www.equinoxcenter.org/researchtopics/land-use/overview.html.

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