Learn to build a world where everyone belongs. Take free classes at OBI University.   Start Now

For Immediate Release

BERKELEY: Just over three-quarters (75.66 percent) of residential land in southern California's San Diego region is reserved for single-family housing, according to a study released Monday by UC Berkeley's Othering & Belonging Institute (OBI).

The average amount of total land (including commercial areas and parks) exclusively reserved for single-family housing in the region is 39.72 percent. 

These figures are consistent with the previous zoning investigations conducted by OBI of the San Francisco Bay Area, the greater Los Angeles region, and the Sacramento region.

The latest investigation covers all 18 cities across the San Diego region. Zoning maps for each city, along with county and regional maps, can be viewed and downloaded here.

The previous three reports include in depth analyses of the impacts of different types of zoning on the wellbeing of residents using multiple indicators such as wealth, health, educational outcomes, and others. 

However, this latest report only provides a snapshot of the San Diego region's zoning makeup and makes recommendations for reform. It does not look at correlations between zoning and life outcomes.

The report is the fourth installment of a series belonging to the California Zoning Atlas, which will eventually cover every region of the state.

As with previous reports, this study of the San Diego region includes a list of cities identified as good candidates for zoning reform based on several factors, including the percentage of single-family zoning, affordable housing production, proximity to job centers, and community resources.

Those cities are Encinitas, Poway, Del Mar, and Solana Beach. When compared to San Diego County as a whole, those four cities have proportionally higher white populations and less people of color.

They are also wealthier than average for the county, suggesting that single-family zoning has an exclusionary effect on both race and class for the region.

Media Contact
Marc Abizeid