The General Plan, comprehensively updated in 2008, is the foundation upon which all land use decisions in the City are based. It expresses a citywide vision and provides a comprehensive policy framework for how the City should grow and develop, provide public services, and maintain the qualities that define the City of San Diego. The General Plan update did not include land use designation or zoning changes, which is the purview of the City's community plans.
The City of San Diego has a history of basing its land use policy plans on the individuality of its communities, which are represented by more than 50 community planning areas. Community plans are written to refine the General Plan's citywide policies, designate land uses and housing densities and include additional site-specific recommendations as needed. Together, the General Plan and the community plans seek to guide future growth and development to achieve citywide and community level goals.
The General Plan and all community plans adopted after the comprehensive update in 2008 include a Historic Preservation Element that guides the identification, preservation protection, restoration and rehabilitation of historical and cultural resources within the City and its community planning areas. The Historic Preservation Planning section is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the Historic Preservation Element of all long-range planning documents produced by the Planning Department.
Current Work Efforts
There are currently a number of community plan updates in process. Detailed information on those updates is available on the Planning Department’s Community Plan Updates webpage.
Kearny Mesa Community Plan Update
In support of the Kearny Mesa Community Plan Update, a Historic Context Statement was prepared to assist in the identification of locations that may contain significant historical resources. The information in this document will be used to shape the historic preservation policies of the Kearny Mesa Community Plan Update and inform other aspects of the Plan. Please refer to the Kearny Mesa Community Plan Update webpage for information on the CPU.
(Updated November 2018)