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General Plan

The San Diego General Plan consists of 10 elements:

  • Historic Preservation Element
  • Noise Element
  • Conservation Element
  • Recreation Element
  • Public Facilities Element
  • Economic Prosperity Element
  • Urban Design Element
  • Mobility Element
  • Housing Element
  • Land Use & Planning Element

Land use & Community  planning Element

What is the Land Use & Planning Element?

  • The City of San Diego has 52 Community Plans with Community-specific policies and Land Use Maps

Land use designations

What informs Land Use Designations?

  • Economic Analysis
  • Climate Action Plan & Transit Access
  • Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)
  • Housing Needs
  • Community Input
  • Equity & Other City Goals


How do the policies in the general plan turn into reality?

  • Zoning
    • Zoning Designation maps
    • Development Regulations
    • Development Incentives
    • Ongoing Monitoring & Refinements

Department Coordination

Implementing Department Coordination

  • Parks & Recreation
  • Engineering & Capital Projects
  • Fire
  • Library
  • Transportation
  • Stormwater