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The Golden Hill Community Plan Update

The City of San Diego is embarking on an update to the 1988 Golden Hill Community Plan concurrently with updates to the community plans for North Park and Uptown.

The City’s community plans are long range planning documents established as essential components of the General Plan. The community plan update process will develop the community-specific detail, relevant policies, and implementation strategies necessary to fulfill General Plan objectives. The General Plan sets out a long-range vision and policy framework to guide future development, provide public services, and maintain the qualities that define San Diego over the next 20+ years. The recent update to the General Plan shifts focus from how to develop vacant land to how to design infill development and reinvest in existing communities. This focus is reflected throughout the Plan, including such topics as sustainable development, urban design, the provision of public services & facilities, mobility and historic preservation.

News and Updates

Updated June 24, 2015

Golden Hill Community Plan DRAFT June 2015

The draft Golden Hill Community Plan is available for public review (see web links below) and supersedes the Discussion Draft provided previously.  The Golden Hill Community Plan is a long-range plan that guides physical development and includes community-specific policies as recommended by the General Plan. This update to the community plan conveys community goals and recommendations with an emphasis on urban design, historic preservation, sustainable development and providing a multi-modal transportation network in an illustrative, graphically-rich, planning document.

We are requesting comments from the community at-large be provided by October 5 th 2015 and comments from the Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee, the City’s officially recognized community planning group for this community, by November 3, 2015.  Please provide comments in writing by either postal mail or email to:

Bernard Turgeon, AICP

Senior Planner

          City of San Diego Planning Department

          1222 First Avenue, MS 413

          San Diego, CA 92101


Golden Hill Community Plan DRAFT June 2015 - Full version (PDF)

Updated August 15, 2014

Community Plan Update Discussion Drafts

Discussion Drafts of the Uptown, North Park, and Greater Golden Hill Community Plan Updates have been provided to each of the respective Community Planning Groups for comment.  These Discussion Drafts are a work-in-progress and serve as “preliminary drafts” to allow each respective Community Planning Group, as well as the Planning Commission to provide comment on the overall development of the draft plan updates prior to the to the release of the official public drafts.  The Discussion Drafts were discussed as an information item at the December 19, 2013 Planning Commission hearing.  The staff report and associated documents can be viewed on the Planning Commission - Reports page.

The Discussion Drafts can be viewed below:


Note: There are no monthly meetings of the Community Plan Update Advisory Committee as City staff is currently drafting the update to the community plan. Staff will continue to provide status reports at the Uptown Community Planning Committee meetings. Agendas for these meetings are located on the Agendas page.

December 13, 2012 Planning Commission Workshop – Status of Community Plan Updates Report:

Staff Evaluation of Candidate Park Sites

City Park Planning staff presented their evaluation of candidate park sites identified at previous community meetings to the Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee for review at their March 2013 meeting:

Draft Community Plan Land Use Map

The draft land use map includes several potential revisions identified by City planning staff (explanations included). The map was discussed at the Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee meetings beginning July 2012. The Planning Committee approved a series of recommended revisions, including various reductions in residential density, at subsequent meetings with a final version approved at their February 2013 meeting. City staff is currently evaluating the Planning Committee recommendations for inclusion in a revised draft. Both draft maps are provided below:

18th CPUAC Meeting

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
6:30-8:30 pm
1504 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92102
(Golden Hill CDC Office)

17th CPUAC Meeting

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
6:30-8:30 pm
1504 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92102
(Golden Hill CDC Office)

16th CPUAC Meeting

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
6:30-8:30 pm
1504 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92102
(Golden Hill CDC Office)

15th CPUAC Meeting

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
6:30-8:30 pm
Greater Golden Hill CDC Office
504 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92102

14th CPUAC Meeting

Wednesday, October 5, 2011
6:00-8:30 pm
Greater Golden Hill CDC Office 1
504 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92102

Park and Recreation Needs Assessment Survey

A park and recreation needs assessment survey was conducted in the Uptown, North Park, and Greater Golden Hill Community Plan Update efforts to assess overall parks and recreation usage, attitudes, opinions, and preferences.  The final report can be viewed at following link:

13th CPUAC Meeting – Wednesday, May 4, 2011

6:30-8:30 pm
Balboa Park, War Memorial Building Room 2
3325 Zoo Drive (West of Morley Field Dr. & Park Bl.)

12th CPUAC Meeting – Wednesday, April 6, 2011

6:30-8:30 pm
Balboa Park, War Memorial Building Room 3
3325 Zoo Drive (West of Morley Field Dr. & Park Bl.)

Historic Resources Survey and Conservation Areas Open House – Saturday, March 19th

9:00am to 1:30pm
Balboa Park Club – Santa Fe Room

Future CPUAC Meetings ( 1st Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm): April 6th, May 4th, June 1st, 2011

11th CPUAC Meeting – Wednesday, March 2, 2011

6:30-8:30 pm
Balboa Park Golf Course Club House

10th CPUAC Meeting – February 2, 2011

6:30-8:30 pm
Balboa Park Golf Course Club House

9th CPUAC Meeting – January 5, 2011

6:30-8:30 pm
Balboa Park Golf Course Club House

Workshop/Charrette Flyer (PDF)
October 9th Agenda: English (PDF), Spanish (PDF)
October 20th Agenda: English (PDF) Spanish (PDF)
November 6th Agenda: English (PDF) Spanish (PDF)

DAY 3 November 6 – Input from Table Exercise on Community Character
DAY 2 October 20 – Mobility and Park/Recreation Surveys (PDF)
DAY 1 October 9th – Meeting Materials

Existing Conditions Maps

Input from Table Exercises

8th CPUAC Meeting – September 14, 2010

6:30 – 8:30 pm
Balboa Park Golf Course Club House

7th CPUAC Meeting – August 24, 2010
6th CPUAC Meeting – August 5, 2010
Mobility Open House  – July 28 th, 2010
Open Mic Presentations Event #3 Presentations – July 19, 2010
Historic Resources Survey Open House – June 22, 2010
5th CPUAC Meeting – May 5, 2010

Black and White/printer friendly versions of the presentation can be provided upon request.

At the meeting, members of the community were asked to identify where they recreate and where potential recreation areas could be located in the community. Use this Community Input Map (PDF) to identify these areas.

Send your input to Bernard Turgeon at: or mail your map and/or ideas to:

202 C Street MS-4A
San Diego, CA 92130

or by fax: (619) 533-5951

"Open Mic" Presentations – April 26, 2010
4th CPUAC Meeting – April 7, 2010
Cluster Meeting & Workshop Presentation

The following presentation was given at the March 20, 2010 Cluster Meeting & Workshop.  The presentation outlined the general project schedule of the community plan updates, the historic survey work program for all three communities, and existing conditions & best practices related to urban design.  The overall presentation has been divided into its different sections for manageability.

At the Cluster Meeting/Workshop, community members were asked to identify shared issues as part of the existing conditions effort for the Uptown, North Park, and Greater Golden Hill plan updates.  These issues have been depicted on maps by community participants and can be viewed at the following links:

Cluster Update Meeting/Workshop: Uptown, North Park, and Greater Golden Hill community members, please mark your calendars to attend the upcoming "Cluster Meeting" where we will be discussing shared issues as they relate to the topics of Urban Design and Historic Preservation among the three communities.  Under these topics we will be addressing existing conditions, design strategies, and the historic survey work program.  This meeting is open to the public.

The meeting will be held at:

The Hall of Champions in Balboa Park
Saturday, March 20 th, 2010
From 9:00am to 2:00pm

Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30am and lunch will be provided. 


Community Tour: The Greater Golden Hill community is invited to take a self-guided tour to evaluate various sites/issues in the community.  The urban design consultants at MW Steele Group have developed the tour based upon comments provided at the two previous Community Plan Update Advisory Committee (CPUAC) meetings as well as input from City staff.  Anyone may take the tour.  Completed tour materials can be emailed to Bernard Turgeon, by February 22, 2010.  The tour route and comment forms can be printed in 8 ½" x 11" format from the link below.


Community Plan Update Advisory Committee (CPUAC): Throughout the Community Plan update process, community input will be provided at public meetings of an advisory committee formed for this purpose. The CPUAC is a subcommittee of the Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee, the city’s recognized citizen’s group for Greater Golden Hill.  The CPUAC will be holding periodic public meetings to provide the City with feedback and recommendations during the 2-year community plan update process.  Public participation is key to developing meaningful, community-specific recommendations for the new community plan.

The initial phase of the community plan update process is to survey existing conditions and identify issues in order to establish a community vision and set goals for each element of the community plan. 

3rd CPUAC Meeting – February 3, 2010
2nd CPUAC Meeting - January 6, 2010
1st CPUAC Meeting - November 4, 2009

January 28, 2009 Initial Public Meeting to discuss the plan update process with City staff

Community Plan Update Advisory Committee membership: The 15 member committee consists of Greater Golden Hill Planning Committee members plus non-members. To ensure diverse membership, seats are identified categorically by interest: (4) Resident Property Owner, (2) Non-resident Property Owner; (2) Non-owner Resident, (1) Community Non-Profit Organization, (1) Canyons, (1) Environmental/CEQA, (1) Historic, (1) Open Space/parks, (2) Business (Community Commercial zone and At-large w/ preference for the smaller Neighborhood Commercial zone area). The Business seat at-large is currently vacant.

There is also an interest form to be a volunteer for the historic resources survey:


25th Street Renaissance Enhancement Project Reference Documents

Project website (Engineering and Capital Projects Dept.)


Community Area: Central Urbanized

Photo of Commercial Area

Greater Golden Hill is an urbanized community consisting of approximately 441 acres, located east of downtown San Diego and adjacent to Balboa Park. It comprises the historic Golden Hill neighborhood, South Park, and the areas north and east of South Park including the Choate' addition and Brooklyn Heights. The Greater Golden Hill Community boundary is Balboa Park and Juniper Street on the north, 32nd Street between Juniper Street and Hawthorn Street, then along Marlton Drive to the 34th Street canyon to Beech Street on the east, State Route 94 on the south and Interstate 5 on the west.

Greater Golden Hill has a long and colorful history which is visible today in the homes representative of Victorian, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and Farm House styles. Initial development within the Greater Golden Hill community began in January 1870, with the subdivision of a large parcel of land in the western section, Subdivision Map No. 249 Culverwell and Taggarts Addition extending to 23rd Street. Greater Golden Hill was then at the fringe of San Diego's urban development and offered large lots with views. Following several boom and bust periods, Greater Golden Hill began to come into its own and was one of the most fashionable places to live.

By the early 1920's central Greater Golden Hill was almost completely developed. Since that time a number of changes have occurred, however, the area retains a remarkable number of structures in excess of 60 years of age that are prime examples of architectural styles of their times. The community's location, excellent regional access, view opportunities, and historical characteristics are resources that will encourage development and redevelopment within the community.