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City Planning Department

Community Profiles: Uptown

Hillcrest Focused Plan Amendment

The City of San Diego is preparing a focused amendment to the Uptown Community Plan for the Hillcrest area. Please visit the project website to find further information about how you can get involved and provide input in the planning process, as well as view meeting agendas, background information, and technical documents.

Uptown Community Plan Amendments

On June 12, 2018, the City Council approved amendments to the 2016 Uptown Community Plan related to:

  • Restoring the proposed residential density associated with the St. Paul’s Seniors site in the Bankers Hill/Park West neighborhood.
  • Addressing a zoning and land use inconsistency that would allow the community plan land use density match the higher density allowed in the former Planned District zone within the Hillcrest neighborhood.
  • Establishing a Community Plan Implementation Overlay Zone (CPIOZ) for the largely residential areas within the areas of the former MR-1500 zone in the University Heights neighborhood that would "trigger" discretionary review for development exceeding 30 feet in height. Ministerial review would be allowed for development that is 30 feet in height and below.

The Uptown Community Plan

The City's community plans are long range planning documents established as essential components of the General Plan. The community plan update process will develop the community-specific detail, relevant policies, and implementation strategies necessary to fulfill General Plan objectives. The General Plan sets out a long-range vision and policy framework to guide future development, provide public services, and maintain the qualities that define San Diego over the next 20+ years. The General Plan also has a focus on how to design infill development and reinvest in existing communities.

The update to the 1988 Uptown Community Plan was adopted by City Council on Nov. 14, 2016 and provides detailed policy direction to implement the General Plan with respect to the distribution and arrangement of land uses, the local street and transit network, the prioritization of public facilities, community and site specific urban design guidelines, and recommendations to preserve and enhance natural open space and historic and cultural resources with the Uptown Community.

The Uptown Community Plan and associated zoning went into effect on Feb. 6, 2017. Please see Chapter 13 of the City of San Diego Municipal Code for more details regarding the citywide zones that implement the community plan. Development projects deemed completed prior to this effective date can continue to be processed under the 1988 Uptown Community Plan, Mid-City Communities Planned District, and the West Lewis Street Planned District. Please scroll further down the webpage for links to these documents.

Uptown Zoning

Final Program Environmental Impact Report

Final Program Environmental Impact Report

Uptown Impact Fee Study

Impact Fee Study Link to Facilities Financing webpage

1988 Uptown Community Plan, Mid-City Communities Plan, and West Lewis Street Planned District

Development applications deemed complete prior to the effective date of the 2016 Uptown Community Plan and zoning can continue to be processed under the 1988 Uptown Community Plan, Mid-City Communities Planned District, and West Lewis Street Planned District: