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Capitalizing on San Diego Incentives for Coastal Zone Development

Capitalizing on San Diego Incentives for Coastal Zone Development

Capitalizing on San Diego Incentives for Coastal Zone Development

Housing developers with property in the City of San Diego’s beach communities can now apply for the city’s Complete Communities Housing Solutions program to increase density without a discretionary entitlement.

Complete Communities creates incentives for developers to build more housing near public transit to increase the total number of residential units in the city. The Complete Communities program has been available to non-coastal properties since 2020, and now applies to properties throughout the city following the California Coastal Commission’s recent approval of the program within the Coastal Overlay Zone.

In order to participate in the program, a project must:

  • Be in a Transit Priority Area;
  • Provide affordable units;
  • Construct a promenade or pay into a fund for neighborhood amenities; and
  • Meet requirements that help the city’s Climate Action Plan goals, among other requirements.

In exchange for meeting the requirements of the program, eligible projects in the Coastal Overlay Zone can obtain a floor-to-area ratio (FAR) of up to 2.5. Properties in other areas of the city can obtain a substantially higher FAR. In addition to an increase in FAR, the program allows up to five incentives and waivers of specific zoning regulations.

There are several other Complete Communities programs, including the Complete Communities Mobility Choices program. All of these programs work together to provide the community with accessible transportation, a healthier environment, and updated infrastructure. The ultimate goal of Complete Communities is to enhance the quality of life for all San Diegans.

Procopio’s Land Use team has extensive experience with Complete Communities as well as State and City of San Diego Density Bonus Law, and can help you assess how to take advantage of these programs to increase the value of your property.


Morgan L. Gallagher

Partner
Morgan leads Procopio's Land Use practice and focuses on litigation and transactional real estate matters involving land use, zoning, entitlements, and environmental permitting for complex and controversial projects. She represents clients on a wide range of projects including residential, office, corporate R&D campuses, industrial, commercial, and mixed-use. She advises clients on all aspects of development projects, from due diligence to project approval, bringing extensive experience in local planning and zoning regulations, the California Environmental Quality Act, the Subdivision Map Act, and the California Coastal Act.
Morgan leads Procopio's Land Use practice and focuses on litigation and transactional real estate matters involving land use, zoning, entitlements, and environmental permitting for complex and controversial projects. She represents clients on a wide range of projects including residential, office, corporate R&D campuses, industrial, commercial, and mixed-use. She advises clients on all aspects of development projects, from due diligence to project approval, bringing extensive experience in local planning and zoning regulations, the California Environmental Quality Act, the Subdivision Map Act, and the California Coastal Act.
Isabella Hicks

Isabella Hicks

Isabella focuses on all aspects of development projects including housing policy and law, land use entitlement, California Environmental Quality Act, Subdivision Map Act, and renewable energy permitting.
Isabella focuses on all aspects of development projects including housing policy and law, land use entitlement, California Environmental Quality Act, Subdivision Map Act, and renewable energy permitting.

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