MIRA MESA DCOMMUNITY PLAN
& PROGRAM ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
On December 5, 2022, the San Diego City Council approved the Mira Mesa Community Plan Update and associated documents. A second hearing occurred January 10, 2023 to finalize the approval of ordinances (i.e., CPIOZ, Rezone, etc.) that will help implement the Mira Mesa Community Plan. The ordinances went into effect on February 12, except for areas inside the Coastal Zone, which still requires certification from the California Coastal Commission.
MIRA MESA COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE
A Community Plan to Guide the Future Growth of Mira Mesa
On December 5, 2022, the San Diego City Council approved the Mira Mesa Community Plan Update. The updated Community Plan take into account current conditions, Citywide goals in the Climate Action Plan and the General Plan, and community specific goals to provide direction for the long-term development of the community.
THE PLAN UPDATE PROCESS
An Opportunity for the Community to Chart the Course for the Future
During the plan update process, Planning Department staff worked with the Mira Mesa community and the public to identify and consider important questions, issues, and opportunities including:
How will Mira Mesa grow over the next 20-30 years?
How can the community best plan for residential and employment growth?
What services, infrastructure or facilities are necessary to meet this growth?
How can we build on the positive economic effect of Mira Mesa?
The Mira Mesa Community Planning Area (CPA) is approximately 10,700 acres. The CPA is located in the north central portion of the City of San Diego between the Interstate 805 and Interstate 15. Click here or scroll below to view the boundary of the Mira Mesa CPA.
MIRA MESA COMMUNITY PLANNING AREA
Community Meeting Schedule
Project Completion: 2022
Plan Update Outreach:
31 meetings with the Mira Mesa Community Plan Update Advisory Committee, 9 events (open house, workshops, & pop-up-booth), stakeholder interviews with major employers, trade associations, and community organizations, and several online surveys provided an opportunity for a broad and representative public engagement.
PLAN UPDATE DOCUMENTS
Here is where you can find content created during the process of updating the Mira Mesa Community Plan.
On December 5, 2022, the San Diego City Council approved the Mira Mesa Community Plan Update and associated documents. A second hearing occurred January 10, 2023 to finalize the approval of ordinances (i.e., CPIOZ, Rezone, etc.) that will help implement the Mira Mesa Community Plan. The ordinances will go into effect 30 days from January 10, except for areas inside the Coastal Zone, which still requires certification from the California Coastal Commission.
The Planning Department created a brochure that describes what a community plan update is and why Mira Mesa's Community Plan is being updated.
The Mobility Technical Report (MTR) and Appendix summarize the physical and operational conditions of the planned mobility system outlined in the Mira Mesa Community Plan. This report identifies planned mobility improvements and analysis of all travel modes under the planning horizon year 2050.
This Community Atlas provides baseline spatial information on existing conditions, opportunities, and challenges in the Mira Mesa Community Planning Area (CPA) and outlines future prospects for the community. The focus of this Atlas is on mappable resources, trends, and critical concerns that will frame choices for the long-term physical development of Mira Mesa CPA. The Atlas provides maps, photos, charts, and tables about land uses, ecosystems, community form, and transportation infrastructure. The Atlas will be used as a basis for:
Facilitating community input on planning issues, priorities, and vision for the future;
Evaluating policy issues and options and preparing alternative land use and transportation concepts;
Formulating policies and implementation actions for the updated Community Plan; and
Creating the environmental setting portion of the Environmental Impact Report for the Community Plan.
This Atlas provides information on conditions that existed as of June 2018.
Here is where you can find meeting agendas, presentations, and other documents from the Mira Mesa Community Planning Group - Community Plan Update Advisory Committee meetings.
In order to inform the plan update process, the Planning Department has conducted extensive community outreach and engagement. This report summarizes the feedback that the Planning Department has received and represents the priorities of the broad cross-section of people that live, work, and visit Mira Mesa.
Here is where you can find meeting agendas, reports, presentations, and other documents from the plan update workshops and forum.
Here is where you can find all economic studies that have been prepared as part of the plan update process.
Here is where you can find all mobility studies that have been prepared as part of the plan update process.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Answers and responses to commonly asked questions about the Mira Mesa Community Plan Update will be provided on this page. This list will be updated periodically in response to additional frequently asked questions and inquiries about the process.
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY PLAN?
Mira Mesa is one of 53 community planning areas in the City of San Diego, each of which is a part of the Land Use Element of the General Plan. Community plans provide more detailed land use designations and site-specific policy recommendations than are practical at the citywide level. Community plan updates work with the General Plan in order to achieve both citywide and community level goals, including guidance of future growth and development. All of the adopted community plans must be consistent with the goals and policies of the General Plan.
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE AND THE CAP?
The City adopted a state mandated Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2015, which requires a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2035. Community plan updates work with the CAP in order to achieve citywide and community level sustainability goals, including smart growth development. All of the adopted community plans must be consistent with the goals and policies of the City’s 2015 Climate Action Plan.
WHY IS THE MIRA MESA PLAN BEING UPDATED?
The Mira Mesa Community Plan was last updated in 1992 - 26 years ago. Since then, the population and employment has grown rapidly in Mira Mesa, and growth continues. In fact, employment grew 6.6 times faster than housing between 2010 and 2015. The updated community plan will provide a road map to guide the growth of the community over the next 20 to 30 years. Rather than reacting to ongoing need for change, this process will help the city and the community determine how Mira Mesa will develop in the future so that it continues to thrive as a key employment and residential area for the City while enhancing the diverse opportunities that the community has to offer.
WHAT IS THE MIRA MESA COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP?
The Mira Mesa Community Planning Group is a body made up of the general public that has been formed and recognized by the City Council to make recommendations to the City on land use matters and a land use plans related to the Mira Mesa community, and to evaluate development projects as they are proposed for consistency with the Mira Mesa Community Plan. The Planning Group board consists of eleven Mira Mesa residents, five Mira Mesa business owners, and three Mira Mesa property owners. Planning Group members are elected to four-year terms, with half elected every two years. Two of the property owner members are appointed by the Planning Group. Elections are held in March of odd-numbered years. The Mira Mesa Community Planning Group meetings occur at the Mira Mesa Branch Library on the third Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
HOW DO 3 ROOTS AND STONE CREEK FIT WITHIN THIS PLAN UPDATE?
The 1992 Mira Mesa Community Plan and the Carroll Canyon Master Plan - approved by City Council on December 6, 1994 - defines suitable land uses, design guidelines, development standards, and an implementation program for development of Carroll Canyon Area.
Since then, two master planned developments have been proposed: The Fenton Master Plan (where 3 Roots is proposed) in the western portion of Carroll Canyon and the Stone Creek Master Plan in the eastern area. 3 Roots is scheduled to begin construction in the near future; Stone Creek is projected to break ground in 2030.
The two planned developments were proposed prior to the beginning of the Mira Mesa Community Plan Update, and given that both are consistent with the Mira Mesa Community Plan and Carroll Canyon Master Plan, 3 Roots and Stone Creek are both separate from the current efforts to update the community plan. However, the results of these master plan initiatives will be reflected in the overall community plan update.
HOW DOES MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR RELATE TO THE COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE PROCESS FOR MIRA MESA?
The Mira Mesa Community Plan Update will outline the vision and strategies to support the community character and establish the goals and policies addressing land use, mobility, urban design, and public facilities. Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar occupies over 23,000 acres just south of Mira Mesa. The Mobility Element of the City’s adopted General Plan discusses the important role that airports have as an economic driver for San Diego; military aviation installations like MCAS Miramar also serve as important components of our national defense apparatus.
The airport land use is not a focus for the update led by the Planning Department. The community plan update will consider whether new land uses are appropriate and compatible near MCAS Miramar; however, the community plan update will not consider alternate uses for MCAS Miramar, nor will the plan update address land use planning or aviation operations on the base.
HOW DO THE AIRPORT NOISE CONTOURS AND OVERLAY ZONES AFFECT THE DRAFT SCENARIOS FOR THE COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE?
The presence of an active airport places development limitations on some surrounding areas related to height and noise sensitivity that must be considered during the update. The MCAS-Miramar Land Use Compatibility Plan is the guiding document that places these land use, structure height, and building density limitations within the airport influence area of MCAS Miramar. The city implements these regulations via the Airport Land Use Compatibility Overlay Zone, contained in Chapter 13, article 2, Division 15 of the San Diego Municipal Code.
The location of MCAS Miramar’s constraints, and a summary of limitations and restrictions related to overlay zones and noise contours, will be discussed in the draft Map Atlas – the draft Map Atlas will be published fall 2018. As part of the update to the Mira Mesa Community Plan, the City will submit the draft community plan, development regulations, and zoning to the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) for review with the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan, consistent with Policy LU-G.2 in the General Plan Land Use and Community Planning Element.
IS THERE A TROLLEY LINE PLANNED FOR MIRA MESA?
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the regional planning agency, provides the framework to connect our land use to our transportation systems. The current Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) does not identify any future trolley connections, but it does include a potential skyway from UCSD to Sorrento Mesa employment area as addressed by the Sorrento Valley Skyway Feasibility Study.
WHAT ABOUT PARKS?
In efforts to develop a Citywide vision for a parks and recreation system, the City is currently in the process of creating the Parks Master Plan. The Parks Master Plan is a separate process from the community plan update. While the Parks Master Plan will help provide guiding principles related to parks and recreation for the City, the community plan update will have a recreation element that focuses on community-specific park and recreation needs.
HOW DO AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES (AV) AND CONNECTED VEHICLES (CV) RELATE TO THE COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE PROCESS FOR MIRA MESA?
The City of San Diego will incorporate CV/AV information into the community plan update. While the City will include policies that support AV/CV, the specific applications and associated improvements or accommodations within communities from a land use or transportation perspective will rely on outcomes of federal, state, and regional planning, design, testing, and operational efforts currently underway. The Mira Mesa Community Plan Update will align with these policies and incorporate appropriate language. The Community Plan update’s focus regarding CV/AV will be to maximize their utility and benefits through smart deployment throughout the City.
HOW MAY I GET INVOLVED IN THE MIRA MESA COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE?
Community input is an integral component of the plan update. Your voice matters! Public involvement opportunities will be incorporated throughout the planning process via: the publication of plan documents, the invitation to attend meetings and workshops, the opportunity to respond to on-line surveys, the chance to submit public comments, the ability to request a presentation for your group or organization, and the potential to help spread the word on social media.
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