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12 years after passage of SB 375, the City of San Diego has approved its first Sustainable Communities CEQA Exemption. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the first project in San Diego to be awarded a CEQA exemption as a Sustainable Communities Transit Priority Project.

Protea Properties’ The Bayview is a 156-unit mixed use development located immediately adjacent to the Clairemont Drive Station for the Blue Line. The project includes 16 units affordable for families earning up to 50% AMI, along with approximately 40,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving commercial uses and mobility hub features to support trolley ridership. The project also includes 150 parking spaces for transit riders, pursuant to agreement with SANDAG.

Could this CEQA exemption become more widely-used to facilitate transit-oriented development? Understand the criteria to qualify for the exemption, the process, and lessons learned, with perspectives from City of San Diego Senior Planner Sara Osborn and Malick Infill Development Director of Planning Kathy Breedlove. Joan Isaacson, Principal at Kearns & West, will moderate.

Learning Objectives:

  • Expand knowledge of environmental review tools for streamlining approvals for transit-oriented development
  • Explore effective design principles for mixed-use transit oriented development

About the Speakers:

Sara Osborn is a Senior Planner for the City of San Diego who has managed long-range planning and environmental planning projects for over fifteen years. She is a member of APA and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Kathy Breedlove is a California-licensed attorney, with expertise in Planning, Entitlements and Communications for real estate development projects. As Director of Planning for Malick Infill Development, Kathy spearheads the planning, approval and community outreach process for multiple mixed-use transit-oriented development projects. Kathy is a member of Urban Land Institute-San Diego/Tijuana, and serves as Vice President of the San Diego Architectural Foundation.


  • $10 Participation Fee*
  • $0 Employed Part-Time, Unemployed, Retired, or Student

* All collected registration fees will be donated to Feeding San Diego