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Community Profiles: North City Future Urbanizing Area


North City Future Urbanizing Area Subarea II (San Dieguito) is located north of the Carmel Valley community between Interstate 5 and Fairbanks Country Club. The natural resources and landform that comprise the San Dieguito River Valley are the prominent features of this planning area. Most uses within this portion of the river valley are related to agriculture or recreation. A large portion of the valley has been acquired as open space by the City of San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program and the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority (JPA). The JPA is the multi-government agency, of which the City is a part, responsible for implementation and management of the River Park. Future JPA projects include restoration of lagoon wetlands and development of the ‘Coast to Crest’ trail along the river.

The most significant land use planning initiative that affects Subarea II is the growth management program defined by the Guidelines for Future Development of the Progress Guide and General Plan and various City Council policies. Growth management is intended to prevent premature urbanization to efficiently manage public and private resources based primarily upon geographic and fiscal constraints. Voter approval of Proposition ‘A’ in 1985 assured that a city-wide vote would decide any future shift of lands out of the General Plan’s ‘Future Urbanizing’ classification. While other nearby portions of the Future Urbanizing area have been re-classified to allow urban growth, it is likely that Subarea II will remain ‘Future Urbanizing’ due to its limited development potential. Planning and land use policies for this area are contained in the North City Future Urbanizing Area Framework Plan and the Progress Guide and General Plan.