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College Area Community Plan Update

The City of San Diego Planning Department is continuing to prepare the Discussion Draft Plan for the College Area Community Plan Update. The purpose of this draft is to allow for community review and discussion before a final draft goes to decision makers.

The Discussion Draft College Area Community Plan is being prepared alongside Blueprint SD, which is a General Plan Amendment. Blueprint SD builds upon the existing General Plan City of Villages strategy for how growth occurs across the City. Blueprint SD will refine the City of Villages framework to further guide future community plan updates, including the College Area Community Plan, in a manner that will work toward meeting City’s housing, equity, Climate Action Plan goals.

The draft Blueprint SD amendment is expected to be released for public comment in early summer 2023 - The Discussion Draft College Area Community Plan is anticipated to follow as the more detailed policy framework in fall 2023. We anticipate subcommittee meetings will resume as a Discussion Draft for College Area is released.

The Planning Department continues to welcome feedback and input on the future of the College Area as we continue to prepare the Discussion Draft College Area Community Plan.

The City of San Diego is updating the College Area Community Plan, which was adopted in 1989. The updated Community Plan will take into account current conditions, Citywide goals in the Climate Action Plan and the General Plan, and community-specific goals to provide direction for the long-term development of the community. The College Area Community Plan Update will be a collaborative process with ongoing opportunities for public input. During the update process, Planning Department staff will work with the College Area community and the public to identify and consider important questions, issues, and opportunities including:

  • How will College Area grow over the next 20-30 years? 
  • What services, infrastructure or facilities are needed to meet this growth? 
  • How can the community best plan for new housing opportunities, including housing for San Diego State University students.  
  • How can College Area nurture the economic relationship with San Diego State University and strengthen the community's connection to the university? 
  • How can the community support neighborhood businesses, including those along the community’s celebrated El Cajon Boulevard business corridor?  
  • How can the community build upon College Area’s robust transit network, including the trolley and the El Cajon Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit, to support additional housing near transit? 
  • Where can College Area create public and recreation spaces that provide opportunities to get outside, connect, and play.  

Strategic Plan Priority Areas of Focus

This initiative focuses on the following priority areas of the Strategic Plan:

Create Homes for All of Us

Focuses opportunities for homes within mixed-use and residential areas.

Protect & Enrich Every Neighborhood

Identifies opportunities for public spaces and pocket parks, trails and joint-use facilities.

Provides guidance for the future identification and preservation of historical resources and districts that embody architectural and cultural history.

Advance Mobility & Infrastructure

Identifies opportunities for mobility infrastructure that improve walking, rolling, biking and transit connections.

Champion Sustainability

Promotes opportunities for urban greening and street trees to address stormwater runoff and climate change.

Protects canyons, open space and sensitive habitat.

Foster Regional Prosperity

Promotes San Diego State University and employment uses as economic drivers connected to regional transit.

Community Plan Update Process Timeline & Schedule

Projected Completion: 2024

Community Plan Update Process Timeline

Community Plan Update Process and Timeline Graphic

Learn about Commenting on Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs)

Project Schedule & Milestones


  • March 27 – Community Plan Update Survey - Released 
  • May 1 - Community Plan Update Survey - Closes 
  • May 25 – College Area CPU Committee - Results of Community Survey 
  • June 29 - Community Open House & Office Hours on Draft Land Use Scenario
  • July 27 - College Area CPU Committee – Discuss Community Input from Open House
  • September 28 – College Area CPU Committee – Discuss Draft Land Use Scenarios 
  • October – No Meeting 
  • November 17 – VIRTUAL Planning Commission Workshop - Discuss Draft Land Use Scenarios & Give Project Update


  • Fall - Release Discussion Draft Community Plan


  • Winter/Spring – Release Adoption Draft Community Plan 
  • Summer - Planning Commission and City Council Hearings 


Supporting Documents and Materials

Check here or visit PlanCollegeArea.org for content related to the plan update! 

Learn About Where Community Input Comes From

Learn About Implementing the General Plan

College Area Community Planning Board – Community Plan Update Committee Documents 

The College Area Community Plan Update Committee is an advisory committee of the College Area Community Planning Board, which is the City's recognized citizens' group for the College Area. This committee was created specifically for the Community Plan Update in order to provide feedback to the City throughout the process. The Plan Update Committee holds regular meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month  from 5:30pm - 7:00pm via Zoom. These meetings provide an opportunity for the community-at-large and other stakeholders to provide input on the College Area Community Plan Update.  

Access all agendas, presentations, and other supporting documents from the College Area Community Plan Update Committee of the College Area Community Planning Board. 

Register for upcoming meetings for the College Area Community Plan Update Committee.

Contact Us 

Should you have any additional comments, suggestions or questions please contact us at PlanCollegeArea@SanDiego.gov

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