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Comprehensive Land Use and Regional Growth Projects

TransNet Smart Growth and TransNet Active Transportation Grant Programs

The TransNet Extension Ordinance provides funding for two competitive grant programs that support local efforts to increase walking, biking, and transit usage throughout the region: the Smart Growth Incentive Program (SGIP) and the Active Transportation Grant Program (ATGP). The ATGP also is funded with Transit Development Act (TDA) funds. A summary of all projects awarded funds through these programs is available.

Project managers can refer to the Grant Resources page for information regarding baseline data collection, communications, signage, logos, grant agreements, agency staff and project managers’ contact information, as well as other general information.

An interactive map of all projects previously awarded through both programs is available at KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/grants.

Anticipated Dates for Next Cycle of Funding (Cycle 4) for the SGIP and ATGP

It is anticipated that the call for projects for the fourth cycle of the Smart Growth Incentive Program and Active Transportation Grant Program will be held in fall/winter of 2017/2018, with grant awards made in the summer of 2018. Prior to the call for projects, SANDAG will review the grant evaluation criteria, Smart Growth Concept Map, and update the Regional Housing Progress Report associated with Board Policy No. 033.

Smart Growth Incentive Program

The SGIP provides funding for transportation-related infrastructure improvements and planning efforts that support smart growth development in Smart Growth Opportunity Areas as shown on the Smart Growth Concept Map (updated May 2016). The goal is to fund comprehensive public infrastructure projects and planning activities that will facilitate compact, mixed use development focused around public transit, and that will increase housing and transportation choices.

The projects funded under this program will serve as models for how investments in infrastructure and planning can make smart growth an asset to communities around the region.

Information about awarded SGIP projects, including applications and evaluation criteria, is available here:

  • Pilot SGIP
  • SGIP Cycle 1
  • SGIP Cycle 2  
  • SGIP Cycle 3 (current cycle)
  • Summary of all SGIP projects awarded funds

    It is anticipated that the next SGIP call for projects will be held in the fall/winter of 2017/2018. 


    Active Transportation Grant Program

    The goal of the ATGP is to encourage local jurisdictions to plan and build facilities that promote multiple travel choices for residents and connectivity to transit, schools, retail centers, parks, work, and other community gathering places. The grant program also encourages local jurisdictions to provide bicycle parking, education, encouragement, and awareness programs that support pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.

    Information about awarded ATGP projects, including applications and evaluation criteria, is available here:

  • ATGP Cycle 1
  • ATGP Cycle 2
  • ATGP/ATP Funds Exchange Projects
  • ATGP Cycle 3 (current cycle)
  • Summary of all ATGP projects awarded funds

    It is anticipated that the next ATGP call for projects will be held in the fall/winter of 2017/2018. 


    Reference Documents for Both Programs

  • SANDAG Smart Growth Concept Map
  • SANDAG Designing for Smart Growth: Creating Great Places in the San Diego Region
  • Planning and Designing for Pedestrians: Model Guidelines for the San Diego Region
  • Design Standards from Riding to 2050: The San Diego Regional Bicycle Plan
  • Active Design Guidelines
  • National Association of City Transportation Officials Urban Street Design Guide
  • National Association of City Transportation Officials Urban Bikeway Design Guide
  • Caltrans Highway Design Manual (Chapter 1000, Bicycle and Transportation Design)
  • California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
  • Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines
  • Integrating Transportation Demand Management into the Planning and Development Process
  • SANDAG Board Policy Nos. 031, 033 and 035
  • TransNet Extension Ordinance
  • 2050 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Community Strategy
  • Regional Comprehensive Plan
  • Regional Housing Progress Report 2003-2013


    Protest Procedures

  • Grant Program Protest Procedures

    For information regarding all SANDAG competitive grant programs visit sandag.org/grants

  • Project Manager

    Carolina Ilic , Senior Regional Planner
    Phone: (619) 699-1989, Email: carolina.ilic@sandag.org

    Tracy Ferchaw, Associate Grant Analyst
    Phone: (619) 699-1977, Email: tracy.ferchaw@sandag.org

    For media inquiries, please contact Helen Gao at (619) 699-1950 or helen.gao@sandag.org.