History of Citywide Plans

1908
Civic boosters hire Boston planning consultant John Nolen to create the first city plan for San Diego.

1926
The City of San Diego pays John Nolen $10,000 to create a second plan for the City, harbor and parks. The plan became a cornerstone of urban design for the next 40 years.

1965
Voters reject a new City plan.

1967
Voters approve the first "Progress Guide and General Plan" that includes some of the fundamentals of the future growth management plan.

1975
City Council adopts growth management plan structured around the timing and location of development and a mechanism for shifting the public costs of building and installing public services to the developers.

1979
City Council adopts updated "Progress Guide and General Plan" that incorporated the previously approved growth management requirement that developers pay fees in advance to cover the cost of installing public facilities, some infrastructure, and other services as a condition of project approval.

1992
City adds "Guidelines for Future Development" to its "Progress Guide and General Plan."

1993
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), made up of the region’s 18 cities and the county, issues "Regional Growth Management Strategy."

1997
The "Consolidated Plan" created by the City’s Housing Commission and Community and Economic Development Department, along with the County Office of AIDS Coordination and the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. The plan’s goals include providing housing, expanding economic opportunities and improving neighborhoods.

2002
The City adopts the Strategic Framework Element/City of Villages Strategy as an amendment to the General Plan.