With San Diego's population constantly on the rise, the theory of smart growth is referred to with increased frequency. In this special report, find up-to-date information on a variety of smart growth and smart living issues and trends.

  • ULI is a trusted idea place

    The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members.

  • City of San Diego Resolutions for Smart Growth Month

    Urban Land Institute has been working on smart growth issues for 63 years through their mission of providing responsible leadership in the use of land to enhance the total environment.

  • Urban Land Institute implements smart growth awards program in San Diego

    The Urban Land Institute (ULI) San Diego/Tijuana Chapter today presented its first annual Smart Growth Awards program at the Omni Hotel to recognize efforts in San Diego County to develop buildings and communities that accommodate growth in ways that are economically sound, environmentally responsible and supportive of community livability. Award categories include Smart Growth Visionary, Smart Growth Project and Smart Growth Plan.

  • ULI Smart Growth Award Winners 2005

    Smart Growth Visionary Award 2005

  • Keynote speaker

    Ed McMahon

  • Smart Growth Works

    ULI San Diego/Tijuana Chapter invites you to:

  • Sales, grand opening events for Aloft on Cortez Hill planned for June 25

    Only two weeks remain until the first homes are offered for purchase on June 25 at Aloft on Cortez Hill, located at the highest point in downtown San Diego. The serenity of this elevated perspective combined with downtown's surrounding cultural, sports, dining and shopping offerings, has earned Aloft the description of "urban retreat."

  • Pardee Homes' program incorporates features for a healthy and energy-efficient way of life

    With Living Smart, Pardee Homes brings a whole new concept in homeownership to buyers who purchase new homes at all their North County communities. The program combines features and options that are environmentally sensitive, energy conscious and just plain healthier, and it pairs them with exceptional architecture and functional design.

  • Liberty Station a model of smart growth principles

    As infrastructure improvements reach the 50 percent mark at Liberty Station, the city of San Diego's Redevelopment Agency and The Corky McMillin Companies are taking pains to ensure that this new community at San Diego's former Naval Training Center becomes a model of smart growth in the region.

  • The Mark high-rise condominium project unveils model

    The final design details and luxurious appointments are being added to the model kitchen and bath now being completed at The Mark's sales studio. The Mark, a $155 million mixed-use project, is downtown San Diego's newest and most sophisticated high-rise condominium project.

  • San Elijo Hills' village design translates into smart planning

    San Elijo Hills, an award-winning master-planned community in San Marcos, has reclaimed a number of town planning principles from the 1920s and '30s, when communities were built with the needs of pedestrians at the forefront.

  • Newly-vibrant downtown El Cajon awaits Artesia

    Downtown El Cajon, which is undergoing a revival of sophisticated shops such as a new Starbucks Coffee with its very popular espresso and caffé au lait, is just three blocks from the gated condominium community of Artesia.

  • Del Sur ranch house will showcase eco-friendly and sustainable design innovations

    Rising along a knoll overlooking the Lusardi Creek and Del Sur Glen Canyon, a rambling 3,000-square-foot ranch house is now under construction at the main entrance of the new master-planned community of Del Sur.

  • Otay Ranch features walkable villages with a strong sense of place

    Otay Ranch's neighborly hometown atmosphere is a result of comprehensive planning and homeowners who have embraced a "Mayberry" point of view. The pedestrian-oriented community blends residential neighborhoods with the services people want close at hand: schools, parks, shopping, trails, transportation options and open space.

  • The 30-minute lifestyle: ULI's spring council forum explores changes in the metropolitan form

    Urban areas in the United States are increasingly evolving into regions comprised of multiple full-service communities in which residents live within about 30 minutes of where they work, shop and play, according to land use experts and industry observers at the Urban Land Institute's (ULI) recent Spring Council Forum in San Antonio.

  • Walkability a key factor in smart growth

    Public discussions of smart growth have centered on higher density housing, better transportation and a mix of land uses. Threaded through these smart growth elements, however, is the walkability of an area. Essentially, walkability means the extent to which people can safely, enjoyably and conveniently walk to destinations in their community. Our region's benign climate affords ample opportunity for walkability, even if the level of execution varies. Consider, for instance, the enjoyment factor of walking around Balboa Park as opposed to walking along Mira Mesa Boulevard.

  • The rebirth of urban living

    It is hard to call San Diego a "sleepy little Navy town" anymore. Today, the city is touted as a model for downtown revitalization. The development model that brought downtown from slum to hip is spreading to other urban areas of San Diego. Increasingly, San Diegans are trading suburban living for urban living.

  • Law firm contributing to the growth of San Diego

    C. Michael Cowett, one of the founders of the San Diego office of Best Best & Krieger, has been quoted as saying, "Many people attend law school for the purpose of making contributions to our society, culture and government. The people who work at Best Best & Krieger feel like they're fulfilling that original intent everyday."

  • Sandag ready to approve first budget under extended TransNet

    Sandag is ready to approve a $332 million budget that will likely rise, as costs for land and materials keep climbing.

  • Brownfields: Turning toxic sites into golden opportunities

    The sites may not be clean, but that doesn't mean there aren't some golden opportunities in brownfield sites.

  • Opposition grows against Sempra's proposed Gerlach plant

    RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Two national environmental groups are joining the fight against Sempra Energy's proposed coal-fired power plant near Gerlach.

  • Mussels inspire new adhesive for manufactured pressed-wood products

    CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A weekend trip to the Oregon coast gave Kaichang Li an idea that is revolutionizing the wood manufacturing industry and will mean cleaner air indoors and out.

  • If Whole Foods Market is part of retail/condo complex, new units sell briskly

    The sheer size and glamour of the 74-story Met 3 condo tower in Miami should be enough to bring in buyers. But with more than 50,000 condos in development in the city right now, what really sets Met 3 apart is the Whole Foods Market that fills its ground floor.

  • Development changing desert ecology

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Rapid development in the Phoenix metropolitan area is changing the ecology of the desert, Arizona State University scientists say.

  • Hawaii seeks heat relief from ocean depths

    HONOLULU (AP) -- The turquoise blue waters surrounding Hawaii's emerald green isles have long been a source of food and recreation. Now the chilly waters deep below the ocean's surface are being eyed as a source of cool relief from the tropical heat.

  • Will LEDs outshine the bulb?

    NEW YORK -- If a time traveler from a hundred years ago were to visit a home today, much of the technology would be completely alien. The television, cordless phone and computer would probably leave him flabbergasted.

  • Washington lawmakers would require new state buildings be 'green'

    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Schools, universities and other public buildings in the state would have to be built to meet energy efficiency, water conservation and other environmental standards under a bill given final approval by the Washington Legislature on Wednesday.

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Archived Reports

Smart Growth - 2007

Find out about new developments, mixed-use projects, green building materials and techniques and more in this special section.

Smart Growth - 2006

San Diego County is continually faced with a scarcity of developable land, spurring interest in "smart growth." In this report, The Daily Transcript examines plans that lay ahead for our region's smart growth development.