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Downtown Development

Downtown Street Aerial View

A Downtown For All Of Us

Downtown San Diego is home to more than 130,000 employees and 35,000 residents, with over13,000 additional housing units currently under construction. In fact, over the past 10 years Downtown San Diego has seen the construction of more total housing units and more Affordable housing units than any other community in San Diego. 

Downtown's seven distinctive and thriving neighborhoods offer a unique blend of residential, business, cultural, recreational, and entertainment opportunities and has become the center of life for the San Diego region. Our world-class, downtown sits on the waterfront of San Diego Bay and encompasses approximately 1,500 acres of the metropolitan core of the city.  As Downtown continues to grow, it contributes to the vitality and economic success of San Diego, while adding much needed housing units to the region at a variety of affordability levels,  allowing more people to live close to work, transit, recreation, and culture, creating equal access to opportunities and resources thus creating a Downtown for all of us.

For zoning information and to explore current projects and check on development status, click on the Downtown San Diego Interactive Map below.



About the Urban Division

The Urban Division of the Development Services Department provides the planning and development functions to implement the vision of the Downtown Community Plan. With key partnerships and unique programs, our team provides a streamlined review process and focused approach for Downtown projects.

To speak with an Urban Division Planner, book a Virtual Counter Appointment, or contact us by email at DSDUrbanDivision@sandiego.gov.

PDF icon Downtown Development Status Log (updated January 2022)

Downtown Mural Image