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College Area Community Plan Update

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.  


Community Plan Update Process Timeline & Schedule


Community Plan Update Process Timeline

College Area Community Plan Update Timeline Graphic

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 - Community Open House & Office Hours on Draft Land Use Scenario
  • July 27 - College Area CPU Committee – Discuss Draft Land Use Scenario & Community Input from Open House
  • August – Planning Commission Workshop - Discuss Draft Land Use Scenario 
  • September 28 – College Area CPU Committee – Release & Review Discussion Draft Plan 
  • October 26 – College Area CPU Committee – Review Discussion Draft Plan 
  • November - College Area CPU Committee – Review Discussion Draft Plan 


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


Upcoming Outreach & Opportunities to Provide Input

Community Open House

Registration: Follow this link to register

Location: College Avenue Baptist Church - Family Center Gym (Google Maps link)

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 29 from 5pm - 8pm

Flyer: PDF icon Follow this link to view the Community Open House flyer


Open Office Hours

Registration: Follow this link to register

Location: College-Rolando Library - Homework Help Room (Google Maps link)

Dates & Times:

  • MondayJune 13 & 27 from 12pm to 2:30pm 
  • Tuesday, June 7 & 21 from 12pm to 2:30pm 
  • Wednesday, June 29 from 10am to 1pm
  • Thursday, June 9 & 23 from 10am to 1pm
  • Friday, June 3 & 10 from 11am to 3:30pm
  • Saturday, June 11 from 10am - 5pm

Flyer: PDF icon Follow this link to view the Open Office Hours flyer


Supporting Documents and Materials

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


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.  

Follow this link to access all agendas, presentations, and other supporting documents from the College Area Community Plan Update Committee of the College Area Community Planning Board. 

Follow this link to 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:

Nathen Causman, Senior Planner 
Email: NCausman@SanDiego.gov 
Phone: 619-236-7225 


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