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The Uptown Community Plan Update

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

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 General Plan also has a focus on how to design infill development and reinvest in existing communities.

News and Updates

Uptown Community Plan Update January 2016 Land Use Revisions

Changes to the June 2015 Draft Land Use Map were presented at the February 2nd Uptown Planners Special Meeting. Revisions reflect the removal of the incentive zoning proposal, placing more of an emphasis on placing development intensity along commercial-transit corridors, as well as meeting the goals of the adopted Climate Action Plan.

The link to the presentation is provided below. Please send public comment to: Marlon Pangilinan, Senior Planner at

The following are links to the January 2016 Proposed Community Land Use Map and the proposed land use maps for each Uptown neighborhood. Areas have been outlined on the maps to identify the location of land use changes since the June 2015 Public Draft.

  • January 2016 Proposed Uptown Community Plan Land Use Map (PDF)
  • January 2016 Proposed Land Use -Bankers Hill/Park West (PDF)
  • January 2016 Proposed Land Use -Middletown (PDF)
  • January 2016 Proposed Land Use -Mission Hills (PDF)
  • January 2016 Proposed Land Use -Hillcrest (PDF)
  • January 2016 Proposed Land Use -Medical Complex (PDF)
  • January 2016 Proposed Land Use -University Heights (PDF)

  • Uptown Community Plan Update Text Revisions – January 2016

    The following plan elements (text only) have been revised and are available for public review and comment.  These documents reflect public input received and taken during the Uptown Planners’ review of the June 2015 Public Draft.  Plan maps, photos, and graphics are currently being refined by staff and will be included as the draft plan progresses towards finalization.  Strikeout underline versions of the draft plan elements are also include here to indicate where changes have been made to the public draft.

    Revised Elements:

    Versions with edits:

    Uptown Community Plan Update -Potential Park Survey Information

    Updated September 29, 2015


    During the charrette process for the Uptown Community Plan Update, community stakeholders were asked to identify potential park and recreation ideas. Opportunity areas such as vacant properties, paper streets and excess rights-of-way, potential trails, and government properties were identified and evaluated against suitability criteria by Park Planning staff and input from the Uptown Planners. These ideas assisted in the formulation of policies for the draft Recreation Element and were mapped on Figure 7-1: Parks, Recreation Facilities, and Open of the Public Draft of the Uptown Community Plan (June 2015). Subsequent review of these park ideas has taken place with the community, further refining the overall recreational opportunities identified in the draft community plan.

    Potential Park Survey Information

    To assist the Uptown Planners request to further identify potential park opportunities in the Uptown Community, Planning Department staff has prepared several maps (see Park Survey Maps link below) that identify the following information:

    • Proposed parks within the community
    • Areas identified as proposed park equivalencies in the Draft Uptown Community Plan
    • Vacant/Developable land
    • Dedicated Open Space - land owned and managed by the City for open space preservation
    • City-owned properties
    • Land within the Multi-Habitat Planning Area (MHPA) that has been aside for habitat preservation
    • Trails identified as park equivalencies
    • Surface parking lots
    • Paper streets (unimproved right-of-way)
    • Park Survey Maps (PDF)

    Public Comment

    Community stakeholders are encouraged to review these maps and forward written input to City staff. A Special Meeting of the Uptown Planners is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, February 16th at 6:00pm in the Balboa Park Club-Santa Fe Room located at 2144 Pan American Road West in Balboa Park for public discussion on this matter.

    Uptown Community Plan Update Public Review Draft June 2015 and Revised Public Comment Deadline

    The draft of the Uptown Community Plan Update is available for public review and supersedes the Discussion Draft provided previously. The updated community plan conveys community goals and recommendations with an emphasis on sustainable development principles and policies, urban design, encouraging a multi-modal transportation network, the identification of new potential historic districts - all of which are clearly outlined in an illustrative, graphically based, action oriented planning document.

    We are requesting comments from the community at-large be provided by December 1st, 2015 and comments from the Uptown Planners, the City's officially recognized community planning group for this community, by December 16th, 2015. Please provide comments in writing by either postal mail or email to:

    Marlon I. Pangilinan
    Senior Planner
    City of San Diego Planning Department
    1222 First Avenue MS-413
    San Diego, CA 92101

    DRAFT Uptown Community Plan Update - Full Version (PDF)

    Additional Documents

    Documents that support, implement or provide analysis of the draft community plan are posted below.

    *NEW* 2015 Uptown Community Plan Area Draft Historic Resources Survey Report (PDF)

    Proposed Zoning Maps:
    Zoning implementation is proposed for the draft community plan through application of citywide zones (illustrated on the maps below) combined with tailored zoning using the Community Plan Implementation Overlay Zone (refer to section 11 of the draft community plan). These regulations would replace the Mid-City Communities Planned District and West Lewis Planned District:

    Incentive Zoning Analysis (PDF)

    Uptown, North Park & Golden Hill Plan Updates Mobility Study June 2015 (PDF)

    Uptown, North Park & Golden Hill Plan Updates Traffic Impact Study June 2015 (PDF)

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