Placemaking allows residents to reimagine and creatively reinvent unused or underutilized spaces in their neighborhoods to cultivate a sense of community. The distinctive character and heart of San Diego's neighborhoods emerge through citizen-driven placemaking projects that, for example, create gathering places, showcase public art, illuminate landscape, beautify forgotten parcels or illustrate the area's cultural vibe. Placemaking projects are temporary small-scale developments in the public right-of-way and on private property.
An example of a successful placemaking project is Quartyard (above) in East Village. Originally conceived and built by the NewSchool of Architecture and Design's student-led Rad Lab, the eco-friendly outdoor community space is made from repurposed shipping containers. It's a beer garden, restaurant, music/stage venue, dog park and social spot.
Before applying for your Placemaking project, please read How to Obtain a Permit for Placemaking – Information Bulletin 568.
Neighborhood zoning rules determine what types of Placemaking projects are allowed. Review the Uses Per Base Zones table to learn more. To determine zoning rules for a specific project location, contact [email protected].
Elements of Placemaking Projects:
** Artwork in the PROW must be reviewed and approved by the Commission for Arts and Culture prior to applying for a permit.
Placemaking Activation Grants will encourage community-based projects within the former San Diego Regional Enterprise Zone (SDREZ) and can be used to cover permit fees for projects in the SDREZ.