Sierra Club recently sent our new Urban Infill Policy to all local governments in the region with a request to work together on housing the region needs and in the locations it is needed. Full Policy here
Sierra Club’s Urban Infill Policy acknowledges and addresses that how we build our cities and towns will have immeasurable impacts on our quality of life, the climate, and sustainability of the environment. Sierra Club holds that affordable housing is a human right and that we must develop housing options for all income levels and act to address past and ongoing inequity in communities that have been left out of economic opportunity in the past.
Sierra Club supports transformative strategies that build communities that feature:
- Affordable housing accessible to all;
- Transit, bike, and pedestrian first approaches to transportation;
- Expanded opportunities for all residents to participate in the local economy and civic decisions;
- Living wage jobs;
- A balance between employment opportunities and housing;
- Access to education, services, amenities, and recreation that improve overall quality of life; and
- Measures and policies that increase climate resilience.
With the policy, Sierra Club San Diego will be looking to support and facilitate development in land use patterns that locate housing along or near transportation corridors, in areas with infrastructure in place, and which include housing for people of all ages, abilities, and income levels. Due to the many economic and environmental imperatives, we are particularly focused on increasing density in areas that are close to transit centers and corridors.
In Escondido, NCG will be working to encourage the city to increase density at the Palomar Hospital redevelopment site. It is in the perfect place for Urban Infill where housing can be provided, VMTs reduced, and will have economic and environmental gains for the region.