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San Diego County tackles housing shortage with general plan changes



The San Diego County Board of Supervisors took steps to resolve regional housing shortages Wednesday by approving amendments to the housing and safety elements of the county’s general plan and by adding a new environmental justice element to it.

The amendments are designed to accelerate housing construction in areas with access to transportation and utilities. The amendments also update plans for wildfires and other hazards, and to improve environmental safety in unincorporated communities.

“We know that we need more housing that is more affordable,” said Nathan Fletcher, chair of the Board of Supervisors. “We also know that we have to begin to shift into infill, rather than new sprawl, developments. We have the stark reality that there are not many transit-oriented development opportunities in the unincorporated area. And we have issues of fire.” READ MORE