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CHAPTER 3 San Diegans Make Choices about Their Future

Scenarios as described in Show Your Love:

A

B

C

D

Scenario A: In Scenario A’s vision of the future, we will continue to grow and develop the region much as we have in the past. The county and each of the cities will continue to pursue their own plans for the future—independent of others in our region. In this vision of our future, most people will continue to live in single-family homes and much of our new housing will be in neighborhoods that are separated from jobs, shopping, recreation, and public transportation. If we choose this direction, we use more water and consume somewhat more land than the other scenarios.

Scenario B: In Scenario B’s vision of the future, we will build the types of housing that people will want and be able to afford, including a mix of single-family homes, apartments, and townhomes. In this vision of the future, the county and cities will need to cooperate and work together to build new regional job centers for the entire region and locate jobs, shopping, recreation, and public transportation closer to where people live. While focusing on creating new job centers and meeting peoples’ housing choices, Scenario B also uses less vacant land, sensitive land, and water than Scenarios A and D.

Scenario C: In Scenario C’s vision of the future, we will concentrate new housing into more compact types of development further reducing development on open and sensitive lands as well as overall water consumption. More people will live in townhomes than in any other scenario and a lot fewer people will live in single-family homes than today. In this vision of the future, the county and cities will need to cooperate and work together. By working together, we will be able to locate jobs, shopping, recreation, and public transportation closer to where people live.

Scenario D: In Scenario D’s vision of the future, we will follow the current city and county growth projections for where jobs and people will go in their communities and the region. The key to this vision of the future is that most of the new housing will be in the form of mid- and high-rise apartments and condo towers—more than a third of new housing will be in high-rise buildings and an additional one fourth of all the housing will be in 3- to 6-story buildings. Overall, there will be far fewer people living in single-family homes. At the same time, more vacant land will be consumed by rural housing on lots larger than one acre. Because the County and each city continue to do independent planning in this scenario, some cities will avoid any growth in their community while others will end up building a lot of new midand high-rise housing. This scenario puts more people closer to the coast and public transportation than any other scenario.

Our Greater San Diego Vision

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