Over the last 13 years, the city’s spent around $15 million trying to update 12 of San Diego’s community plans. It’s finished one of them.

Why are community plans a big deal? These are the restrictions on development that guide what can and can’t be built in San Diego’s communities. When they’re left outdated, it sets us up for tension between residents and developers like what we’re seeing over One Paseo in Carmel Valley.

City Hall knows it needs to update these blueprints, ideally every decade or so. It just hasn’t done a very good job actually doing that.

Now the city is getting started on updating the community plans for Mission Valley, Clairemont Mesa and Kearny Mesa, even though most of the initial plans it tried to update still aren’t done.

On this San Diego Explained, Andrew Keatts and NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia lay out what the hold-up has been with this whole process, and what tweaks the city’s making to speed things up.

Catherine Green

Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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