SANDIEGO (Jan. 26, 2023) – The San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center (PIC) – a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping solve the region’s biggest problems through equity-centered research, policy analysis and collaboration-building among regional leaders and stakeholders – announced today the launch of the region’s first Geographic Information System (GIS) tool designed to help identify which government owned parcels may be ideal candidates for affordable housing projects.
Named the “Land Locator: Identifying Areas for Potential Affordable Housing in San Diego,” the interactive map identifies publicly owned parcels across the County of San Diego, the City of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista, and overlays nearby amenities, such as transit, childcare and schools, and grocery stores, as well as the land characteristics, such as slope, flood/fire risk and more. Using this information, local municipalities, agencies, housing developers and the public can see which government owned parcels may be the most viable locations for building more affordable housing.
“Housing affordability is a key focus for us at PIC and is a challenge that requires massive collective effort,” said PIC President & CEO Susan Guinn. “The Land Locator is just one example of how we are working to build partnerships and create cross-sector, multi-jurisdictional solutions that will help increase the quality and quantity of available housing and improve access and affordability for all San Diegans.”
The Land Locator will be updated with additional jurisdictions, amenities and other data on an ongoing basis.
To learn more or view the Land Locator map, visit sdrpic.org.
About the San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center
The San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center (PIC) is a partnership between the San Diego Foundation, the County of San Diego, and the world’s leading think tank – The Brookings Institution – to conduct research and policy analysis and help solve the region’s biggest problems. Over the next few years, PIC will continue building strong and diverse partnerships among the leaders of the region; use equity-centered research to identify the region’s biggest needs and best opportunities for change; secure funding for future solutions; challenge systemic inequities; and develop a pipeline of potential projects and pilots that improve the lives of all San Diegans. For more information, visit sdrpic.org.