A community plan is part of the City’s General Plan, and gives a neighborhood-focused view of how a specific community will grow into the future. These plans track the needs of the community as the area grows and changes. Therefore what made sense when an area like Otay Mesa was just beginning, might not make sense today.
Even established neighborhoods like Logan Heights or San Ysidro need to be reviewed regularly to make sure their community plan is still in step with the desires of the residents, businesses, and visitors who make use of the area.
Unfortunately, this regular review doesn’t happen as often as you might think. Many of our community plans are dangerously out of date – some haven’t been updated since the 1970s.
One solution is to put our community planning review on a schedule to make sure all of our 55 community plans are reviewed at least every five years. By providing regular review and necessary updates we can avoid land use conflicts, keep up with the needs of the communities, and build a thriving San Diego.