Building Regional Connections: Part 1

APA California Chapter, San Diego Section


Friday, June 13, 2014
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. PDT

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Building Regional Connections is a mobile workshop that will highlight transit planning in the San Diego region and engage participants in a dialogue about Transit Oriented Development (TOD). Part 1 of the tour will highlight the Sprinter – a fixed-rail diesel multiple unit (DMU) light rail that was launched in 2008. The mobile workshop will begin at the western terminus in Oceanside and continue along the 22 mile route to the eastern terminus in Escondido. The mobile workshop will facilitate a dialogue about Transit Oriented Development along the Sprinter corridor that has occurred as the service has been in operation. Beginning at the Oceanside Transit Center Johnny Dunning, Jr. (Deputy Chief Operations Officer – Service Planning, NCTD) will discuss the history and planning of the Sprinter. Mr. Dunning will also discuss the role of NCTD’s real estate in supporting TOD and transit ridership. While at the Oceanside Transit Center, Russ Cunningham (Senior Planner, City of Oceanside) and John Helmer (Downtown Planning Manager, City of Oceanside) will showcase new developments and discuss the role of the City of Oceanside’s zoning code in the downtown. The mobile workshop will continue on the Sprinter. While en route to the City of Vista, Mr. Cunningham will highlight new TOD projects and infrastructure improvements that the City of Oceanside has recently completed to improve connections to the Sprinter station. Upon arrival at the Vista Village Station, Patsy Chow (City Planner, City of Vista) will lead a walking tour around the station. Ms. Chow will discuss recent updates to the City of Vista’s General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan that have established a policy framework for TOD. Ms. Chow will also highlight two affordable housing development projects that are under construction around near the station, as well as streetscape improvements and a road diet that are being implemented to enhance non-vehicular mobility to and from the station. The mobile workshop will board the Sprinter again and travel to the Palomar College Station in the City of San Marcos. While in transit, Mr. Dunning will continue a presentation on the Sprinter operations and future plans for expanding service. At the Palomar College Station, Karen Brindley (Senior Planner, City of San Marcos) will highlight the Davila Village mixed-use development project near the station. Ms. Brindley will also share plans for the Armorlite Drive complete street project that will improve walking and biking connections from Palomar College to the station. On the last leg of the Sprinter portion of the mobile workshop, Mr. Dunning will discuss operational constraints of the Sprinter. Upon arrival at the Escondido Transit Center, Barbara Redlitz (Director of Community Development, City of Escondido) will discuss the challenges of connecting the station to the City’s downtown. While walking, Ms. Redlitz will highlight new residential development projects near the transit station. The mobile workshop will also pass by Maple Plaza, where Ms. Redlitz will discuss the importance of urban public space and the City’s efforts to recruit a private university. After a brief lunch, Susan Baldwin, AICP (Senior Regional Planner, SANDAG) will give a presentation on the ongoing Regional TOD Strategy and other related efforts that are being completed at the regional level. Kathleen Ferrier, AICP (Policy Manager, Circulate San Diego) will present “TOD Guiding Principles” from a position paper that was recently published by Circulate San Diego. Ms. Ferrier will also discuss broader trends related to TOD in the San Diego and Southern California regions.