April 5, 2018

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Understanding the 5 levels of the Plan’s approval is essential in order to determine where your vote counts.  The final approval of the Morena Specific Plan, and the Clairemont Community Plan update  is the vote by our San Diego City Council. This was why it was important to vote for Dr. Jen (Jennifer Campbell) in the November 6, 2018 election.  Our prior District Council Representative, Lorie Zapf, refused to help protect the 30Ft Height Limit, despite her campaign promises to the contrary, by refusing to demand that the City Planners return Land Use and Zoning back to the Ad Hoc Subcommittee where it belongs.

The guide will help you locate your local community planning group, your specific Community Plan and develop a basic understanding of San Diego’s Regional and General Plan.

Step #1 Understand the Driving Force Behind the Plan
Carbon Emissions Reduction Goals for 2030 & 2050 & the 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act:

Read about AB 32 & SB375 to understand why our Regional, General, and local Community Plans are being updated and/or amended.  

Step#2 Understand the Plan Goals
View these 7 pages  of the Regional Comprehensive Plan.
Step #3 Find Your Local Community Plan & Planning Group
 Click here to begin search …

When you click on your community plan area (above) your local planning group’s agenda & meeting times and locations are published on the same page.

We encourage you to attend at least one local planning group meeting to familiarize yourself with their process. The members of your planning group are volunteers that reside in your plan area and it is their responsibility to note public input before they recommend or reject a development project application. Never been to a planning group meeting? Watch video of the March 17th Clairemont Community Planning Group here.

Step #4 Understand the Hot Button Issues in Your Local Community
The below posts are the hottest and most controverial issues facing the community with the current approval process of the draft Morena Specific Plan.  You are welcome to ask questions, post comments and suggestions at the end of each post.


Gateway Vacant Lot- the fight for 1st class development

The community’s first challenge was with SANDAG and the City of San Diego’s Planning dept over the… learn more

3 Lane Controversy- fighting for roadway control on Morena Blvd

Despite the Community’s unanimous desire to retain 4 lanes, the City Planning…learn more

Pedestrian Bridge Debate- when public safety wins out

Located across the freeway from Morena Blvd is the Country’s largest man-made aquatic park…learn more

IT TAKES CONSENSUS- accomplishment through unity

On September 27, 2014, 450 residents from the communities of Bay Park, Bay Ho, Overlook Heights and Clairemont came together and marched down Morena Blvd in protest to the Planning Department’s effort to bust our existing 30 ft building height limit.

The balloon was hoisted to 60 feet, pin-pointing the new height limit which City Planners want.

Limiting heights, to protect our public view corridor, was the first effort to halt the Planning Department from their overzealous attempt to re-zone key parcels along Morena Blvd.

The march, organized by a grass-roots  organization, Raise The Balloon.org (RTB), was successful in laying the groundwork for the public voice.  RTB’s goal is to galvanize public participation in the Community Plan Update (CPU) now underway.

RTB holds neighborhood meetings to educate residents about the local Community Planning Group process.

RTB also hosts meetings between residents and prospective builder-developers in order to create working relationships that can facilitate the permit and approval process.


In September of 2016, the board of Directors of SANDAG voted unanimously to drop the eminent domain lawsuit on the Vacant Lot- a major victory for the community!

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