The Kearny Mesa Community Planning Area encompasses approximately 4,400 acres in the City of San Diego. The first urbanization of Kearny Mesa began in 1937 with Gibbs Airfield, now Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport. In 1948, the City of San Diego acquired the airfield and 1,400 acres of surrounding property that became an industrial park. Beginning in 1955 with General Dynamics, numerous aerospace, electronic, and other industrial and office firms have located in the area. Over the years, commercial and residential areas also grew particularly with the development of Stonecrest in the southeast corner of the community and the redevelopment of the General Dynamics site, now known as Spectrum. Read more in the Historic Context Statement for the Kearny Mesa Community Planning Area.
The original 1977 Serra Mesa Community Plan encompassed Kearny Mesa until Kearny Mesa became its own community planning area in 1992. A comprehensive update to the Kearny Mesa Community Plan was approved in 2020. This updated plan is in effect to help the City and the community determine how Kearny Mesa will develop in the future to ensure it continues to thrive as a key employment center for the City.