Our regional strategies in housing, transportation, and economic development improve the quality of life for Western Riverside County and San Diego residents.

Smart Growth

Building from Phase II recommendations, the Phase III Housing Strategy called for development of a “Smart Growth Opportunity Area Map” for selected Western Riverside cities, modeled after SANDAG’s Smart Growth Concept Map for the San Diego region, to identify areas where higher-density residential and employment development could be located as major activity centers and integrated with transit service.

The Western Riverside Smart Growth Opportunity Area Map project identified areas where higher-density residential and employment development could be located in major activity centers and integrated with transit service to provide existing southbound I-15 commuters and future residents of the area with more housing, employment, and transportation choices. The Western Riverside Smart Growth Opportunity Area Map is intended to be used as a long-term planning and coordination tool as local jurisdictions update their General and/or Specific Plans and as local and regional transportation and transit planning efforts advance.

Fast Facts

Figure 1: Smart Growth Opportunity Area Map Boundaries

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This smart growth planning effort focused initially on three pilot cities in Southwestern Riverside: Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, and Temecula. Development of the map included both land use and transit planning components focused on identifying smart growth opportunities centered on the I-15 and I-215 freeway corridors (Figure 1).

After defining smart growth place types applicable to the study area, each jurisdiction identified local places that currently exemplify the characteristics of the place types, or could in the future, if local plans are updated and regional transit service designations are met. Collectively, 13 smart growth opportunity areas were identified, including 3 Regional Centers, 3 Town Centers, 4 Special Use Centers, 1 Community Center, and 2 Employment Centers (Note:  Two Mixed Use Transit Corridors were designated as portions of one Regional Center).

Figure 2: Final Western Riverside Smart Growth Opportunity Area Map

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Key Strategies

Strategy: WRCOG/SANDAG continue to collaborate on smart growth development near transit applicable to both regions.