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  • La Mesa comes of age using smart growth principles

    If you want to see what smart growth is all about, come to La Mesa. The city has been an active promoter of smart growth concepts dating back to the 1980s when construction began on the La Mesa Village Plaza, the first of six transit-oriented developments in the city that foster walkability. Located in the heart of the downtown village, La Mesa Village condominiums were built over retail commercial office space and are a short walking distance to the Spring Street trolley station.

  • Creating a 'smart' urban oasis in downtown San Diego

    Parks and open space are critical to satisfying the diverse recreational needs of downtown residents, visitors and work force, especially given high development intensities and the region's mild climate. They are also vital elements of smart growth, where opportunities for recreation and green space are blended with higher density development.

  • Pacific Highlands Ranch is suburban smart growth

    For the past 10 years, Latitude 33 Planning and Engineering has been involved in the preparation and processing of the Pacific Highlands Ranch Subarea Plan, which is based upon the goals of smart growth. The overall community includes residential, commercial, employment, open space and public land uses with an emphasis on pedestrian connections and internalizing vehicle trips.

  • Downtown condo living benefits from 'yacht smarts'

    Downtown condo residents can learn a lot from yacht dwellers, according to a trio of award-winning designers who have extensive experience in making the most of small spaces.

  • Theater company goes green

    Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, a theater organization dedicated to broadening the scope of San Diego's cultural environment, recently announced its Greening Mo`olelo Initiative -- an effort to institute sustainable practices and encourage the use of environmentally friendly materials throughout the theater community. To launch the initiative, Mo`olelo recently published "GREEN Theater Categories & Sustainable Guidelines," a document featuring the recommendations of architects and other experts in the green industry.

  • Carlsbad chamber a key element in history, future of area

    When the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce first banded together in 1923, it represented a population of around 1,500 people. By 1926, the chamber had a membership of nearly 25 percent of the community. This was nearly 30 years before the area would become incorporated as a city.

  • Improving home air quality: ventilation basics

    Homeowners can ensure a healthy home environment by fighting moisture and having the best ventilation.

  • CB Richard Ellis announces carbon-neutral goal

    CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. (NYSE: CBG), the world's largest commercial real estate services company (based on 2006 revenues), recently announced a goal to become carbon neutral by 2010 and a plan to assist clients with energy efficiency programs at the 1.7 billion square feet of building space that CB Richard Ellis manages around the world. This represents the first time a major commercial real estate services firm has announced plans to go carbon-neutral.

  • Otay Mesa community plan update embraces smart growth principles

    An ongoing update of the Otay Mesa Community Plan represents one of the most significant efforts by the city of San Diego to incorporate smart growth principles into the urban planning process.

  • Local company going for gold in downtown San Diego

    Local development company Sand & Sea Equity Group has a lofty goal for its new 13-floor, East Village office condominium project, called the Nolan. The company plans to create a building worthy of a gold LEED rating, the second highest rating possible from the U.S. Green Building Council.

  • Santee developments embrace smart growth approach

    Maximizing the use of limited developable land has been a driving force behind planning strategies around the county for decades. The city of Santee was incorporated in 1980 and initiated the Santee General Plan to outline Santee's future and guide city growth. In 1986, the city of Santee adopted the Santee Towne Center Specific Plan that designated 706 acres in the heart of Santee for mixed-use development, master-planned to integrate commercial, residential and civic uses. Over 20 years later, Santee projects are still following the master plan.

  • Implementing sustainability: Going green at home

    Blame Al Gore and his eco-documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" or the rising cost of oil, but when it comes to home building and design, green is the new black.

  • New state rebate shines light for San Diego consumers going solar

    Due to recent legislation, the process of installing solar electricity has become more complex, according to one of San Diego County's largest solar systems providers.

  • Green roof technology comes to San Diego

    Cities are facing climate change. Urban areas are warming up. Storm water overflow is contaminating San Diego's beaches, bays and rivers. Development continues to encroach on the natural environment.

  • San Diego Smart Growth Fund building single-family homes in El Cajon

    Like many cities across the nation, San Diego has not produced enough housing for middle-income workers. Among other reasons, developers say that shrinking availability of developable land, high land prices and rising construction costs make it difficult for work force housing projects to make economic sense.

  • Smart design promotes healthy communities

    Designing safe and healthy homes and neighborhoods is important in shaping the health of children and their families.

  • Innovative land-use planning may be coming to a neighborhood near you

    Henry Ford could little have known the impact his assembly-line produced automobiles would have on the future land use of the United States. The post-WWII American dream was nearly ubiquitous. Own a home, preferably with a white picket fence, and park a large car in the attached garage.

  • California Cove commences sales; D.R. Horton nears close-out in ocean-view community of San Elijo Hills

    San Elijo Hills, the award-winning, ocean view community located on the highest point of coastal North County, is marking two milestones: the opening of two new neighborhoods by California Cove and the close-out of D.R. Horton's intimate Palisades enclave.

  • Arizona regulators reject new electric line to California

    PHOENIX -- Arizona utility regulators last week rejected a utility's plan to build a $581 million power transmission line to carry electricity generated at plants in Arizona to customers in California.

  • Wachovia financial centers to be built green

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wachovia Corp. (NYSE: WB) plans to only build "green" financial centers by the end of next year, starting with eight soon-to-open banking offices in southern California.

  • Smart growth = Smart development

    Continuing its commitment to providing entrepreneurs and small businesses with the most intelligent for-sale office opportunities, Urban West has recently released small Class A office space in one of the San Diego's most prestigious, fastest growing areas, EastLake. Located at 2080 Otay Lakes Road, immediately west and visible from the soon-to-open SR 125 freeway is beautiful EastLake Village Limited Edition.

  • Rick Engineering Co. designs for a better future

    With the increasing concern about traffic congestion, fuel prices, urban sprawl and global warming, it comes as no surprise that smart growth and transit-oriented development are increasingly favored by local governments, residents and local developers.

  • Quarry Falls plan progresses to become bedrock of smart growth

    San Diego's vision of a "City of Villages" has propelled the continued development of Quarry Falls, the 230-acre master plan by Sudberry Properties that seeks to integrate residential, commercial, employment and civic uses in the heart of Mission Valley. The property, a current sand and gravel quarry just west of I-805 in Mission Valley, will feature a diversity of homes, public parks, a fire station, a childcare center and a charter school among its forthcoming amenities.

  • Another mixed-use residential/hotel highrise proposed for downtown San Diego

    A major mixed-use development being planned at Seventh and Market appears destined to rise 42-stories above the East Village.

  • Irvine Company will make another mark downtown on West Broadway

    The Irvine Co. will have 685,358 square feet of space to fill after completing a 34-story travertine and glass building at 700 West Broadway.

Smart Growth


Archived Reports

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.

Smart Growth - 2005

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.