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History of Community Planning Involvement

Photo of Community Planning Meeting

Citizens can get involved
in their community several ways

Citizen involvement has been a long-standing concept in the City of San Diego. The City Council adopted policies in the 1960s and 1970s that established and recognized Community Planning Groups as formal mechanisms for community input in the decision-making processes. Community Planning Groups provide citizens with an opportunity for involvement in advising the City Council, the Planning Commission, and other decision makers on development projects, community plan amendments, re-zone projects and public facilities. The recommendations of the planning groups are integral components of the planning process, and are highly regarded by the City Council and staff.

In 1966 the San Diego City Council formalized this government-citizen relationship with the adoption of Council Policy 600-5. Under this policy, citizens who wish to participate in the planning process are able to form "officially recognized" planning committees. The City Council recognizes on official planning committee in each community. The committees work with City staff to formulate and implement the General Plan, community plans, and to advise the Planning Commission and the City Council on project review as well as planning and code enforcement issues.