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Code Updates in Progress

Watercolor SkylineThe Land Development Code (LDC) contains regulations for the development and use of property including zoning, subdivisions and other related land use activities.  The Planning Department monitors and continually updates the code to simplify and streamline the permitting processes, assure compliance with state and federal regulations, and eliminate unnecessary barriers, redundancies and contradictions. 

Information regarding comprehensive and single-issue LDC updates that are currently in process and managed by the Housing Policy team can be found here. Since 2020, comprehensive LDC updates have been processed annually and named by processing year (i.e. 2020 and 2021) rather than update number (i.e. 13th Update). Please check back for updated content as the amendments move through the hearing process. 

2022 Annual Comprehensive Code Update

The 2022 Annual Comprehensive Code Update is currently in progress and has been separated into general code updates and items specifically related to the Downtown Planned District Ordinance. Taken together these comprise the entire 2022 Annual Comprehensive Code Update. 

For questions please contact Liz Saidkhanian at esaidkhanian@sandiego.gov


Planning Commission - December 8, 2022
The material presented is included below. 

PDF icon Planning Commission 12.2.22 Memo and Attachments

Proposed Sustainable Development Area Map - PUBLIC REVIEW DRAFT 

File SDA and TPA Developable Acres Parcel Analysis 


Planning Commission - October 27, 2022

The 2022 Land Development Code update was presented to the Planning Commission on October 27, 2022.  At that meeting, the item was continued to the December 8, 2022 meeting.  The material presented is included below. 

PDF icon Planning Commission PowerPoint

PDF icon DRAFT SDA Maps 10.27.22

PDF icon Planning Commission Staff Report

PDF icon Planning Commission Staff Report - Attachments

PDF icon Planning Commission 10.26.22 Memo and Attachments


Public Workshops 

The Planning Department held two public workshops where City staff provided brief presentations and members of the public were able to ask questions related to the 2022 Annual Comprehensive Code Update.  If you missed the workshops, you can view the recordings and questions below. 

PDF icon Public Workshop Presentation


Public Workshop #1:  

Oct. 6, 2022 

PDF icon Public Workshop #1 - Questions

PDF icon Public Workshop #1 - Comments


Public Workshop #2: 

Oct. 11, 2022 

PDF icon Public Workshop #2 - Questions


2022 LDC Update - Citywide 

Fifty-three (53) items are proposed for the 2022 Annual Code Update. Updates to the code include corrections and clarifications to the Municipal Code, changes that are required to comply with State law, regulatory reforms that allow for easier processing, and items that align with the City’s climate, equity and housing goals.  All items are listed in the 2022 LDC Update Matrix below, and proposed changes to the Municipal Code can be found in the Draft Language:  

PDF icon DRAFT 2022 LDC Update Matrix 12.1.22

PDF icon DRAFT 2022 LDC Update Language 12.1.22

PDF icon DRAFT New Citywide Park Development Impact Fee (R-313686) 


2022 LDC Update - Downtown Planned District Ordinance 

Thirty-one (31) items are proposed in the 2022 Land Development Code Update related to the Downtown Planned District Ordinance (PDO).  Specific Municipal Code sections and proposed changes are summarized in the Downtown PDO Matrix and draft language is found in the Draft Resolution:   

PDF icon DRAFT 2022 Downtown PDO Matrix 10.13.22

PDF icon DRAFT Downtown PDO Language 10.13.22

PDF icon DRAFT FAR Bonus Resolution (R-307481) 


Current Single-Issue Updates

The Housing Policy team processes single-issue updates and amendments to the Land Development Code (LDC) on an as-needed basis. Single-issue updates may be processed separately from a comprehensive code update for a variety of reasons, including time sensitivity and/or complexity. There are no single-issue LDC updates currently in process at this time. 


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