Community Profiles Clairemont


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The Clairemont Mesa community, encompassing approximately 13.3 square miles, lies south of state Route 52, west of Interstate 805, north of the Linda Vista community, and east of Interstate 5.

Clairemont Mesa is one of the first post-World War II suburban developments in the City of San Diego, with many of its homes built in the 1950s and 1960s. The area is largely defined by its prominent topography. Developed areas of Clairemont Mesa sit primarily atop mesas punctuated by several major canyon systems, with San Clemente Canyon to the north and Tecolote Canyon weaving through the center of the community. Many of the neighborhoods in the western portion of the community enjoy views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Several significant commercial centers serve Clairemont Mesa and are located at the intersections of major transportation corridors, such as Clairemont Drive and Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, as well as Balboa Avenue and Genesee Avenue. Smaller pockets of commercial development are interspersed throughout the community and along Morena Boulevard.

Transit service currently consists of a number of local and express bus lines, however, the Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) is in the process of improving future service to the Mid-Coast corridor.

Balboa Avenue Revitalization Action Program

Morena Corridor Specific Plan Process

Building Upon and Implementing the Recommendations of the Morena Boulevard Station Area Planning Study

In 2013-14, the City conducted a planning study - the Morena Boulevard Station Area Planning Study - that evaluated and provided recommendations for the areas adjacent to the Mid-Coast trolley stations at Tecolote Road and Clairemont Drive within the Clairemont Mesa and Linda Vista community planning areas. The purpose of the Planning Study was to address the future form of development in light of the introduction of the Mid-Coast Light Rail Transit (LRT) Trolley extension. In addition to land use and urban design recommendations, the study also focused on mobility improvements throughout the area for bicyclists, pedestrians, vehicles, and transit users.

The Morena Corridor Specific Plan will build upon the technical analysis and recommendations prepared and extensive public input received from the study. The specific plan will provide policies and recommendations that address land use, mobility, and urban design to enhance the corridor.

The outreach process will use online and in-person forums to disseminate project information, collect input, and maintain consistent communication. Throughout the process, an open conversation will be maintained to address concerns, reflect community needs and values, and build support for the specific plan.

What will the proposed Morena Corridor Specific address?

A specific plan will guide new development and reinvestment in the area.

The Morena Corridor Specific Plan will establish a vision for the corridor. The specific plan will build upon the technical analysis and recommendations prepared and extensive public input received from the study. The Plan will include:

  • land use, mobility, and urban design policies;
  • urban design guidelines;
  • supplemental development regulations; and
  • mobility improvement recommendations.

The specific plan will maintain the Clairemont Mesa Height Limit Overlay Zone.

The specific plan process will occur over a 22-month period and will be completed in four phases:

Establishing the Context (spring-summer 2015):

  • Review of the existing conditions analysis conducted as part of the planning study.
  • Refinement of issues and opportunities identified by the community through the planning study.
  • A vision statement, goals, and objectives for the corridor
  • Preparation of a series of land use plan alternatives.
  • Outline structure of the Specific Plan.

Preparing the Plan Framework (fall 2015):

  • Refinement of land use concepts and preparation of visual simulations
  • Identify a preferred land use and mobility plan including community design strategies.
  • Environmental scoping meeting

Drafting the Documents (2016):

  • Draft Specific Plan to include land uses, mobility recommendations, public infrastructure improvements, supplemental zoning, design guidelines, and an implementation strategy.
  • Programmatic Environmental Impact Report
  • Draft amendments to the Clairemont Mesa and Linda Vista community plans and Facilities Financing Plans .

Approval Process (Spring 2017)

  • Public Review Hearing Process

    • Community Planning Group Recommendations
    • City Council Committee Presentation
    • Planning Commission Hearing
    • City Council Hearings


The success of the specific plan process involves consistent engagement of the community. Specific objectives for outreach include:

  • Provide multiple venues for participation.
  • Solicit input, ideas and feedback.
  • Share process information
  • Report to the community planning group on decisions made at key stages of the planning process.
  • Engage the diversity of people, perspectives, and priorities in the Clairemont and Linda Vista communities.

Stay Informed!

Clairemont Community Planning Group Ad Hoc Subcommittee


We encourage you to register for the Morena Corridor Specific Plan Online Forum. This interactive, online forum allows the community to provide feedback on topics that will inform the specific plan process. By registering, you will receive announcements and updates.

Click HERE to register.

Previous Study Documents

PDF icon Morena Blvd Station Area Planning Study


Contact Us

For questions or comments regarding the Morena Corridor Specific Plan, please contact:
Michael Prinz, Project Manager at [email protected] or at (619) 533-5931