Mira Mesa Community Plan

Mira Mesa Community Plan Update: An update to the 1992 Mira Mesa Community Plan started in 2018, and is nearing completion. The City Planning Department has set up a website for the community plan update. The first step in the plan update process was an evaluation of existing conditions. The draft initial conditions report, referred to as a “community atlas” is online.

The draft Mira Mesa Community Plan and  draft Program Environmental Impact Report are now available:

  • The Draft Mira Mesa Community Plan is available here.
  • The Draft PEIR and associated technical appendices are available here.
  • The Draft Zoning Map is available here.

The proposed Community Plan Update could add up to 24,000 housing units to the Mira Mesa Community and increase the population to 144,000.

Current Land Uses identified in the Mira Mesa Community Plan from the community atlas.
Proposed Land Uses in the Mira Mesa Community Plan Update

The currently adopted Mira Mesa Community Plan and the FBA are online at the City of San Diego web site. The San Diego City General Plan adopted by the City Council on March 10, 2008 is now available at https://www.sandiego.gov/planning/genplan. This is a very important document as it guides all future development in the City and require updates to all community plans.

Until recently Public Facilities in Mira Mesa were paid for through the Mira Mesa Facilities Benefit Assessment (FBA). Development Impact Fees are paid by developers at the time building permits are pulled. Fees vary depending on the type of development. In FY2021, FBA fees are $38,256 on a single family home and $26,779 on a multi-family unit (apartment or condo). Public facilities such as parks, roads, library, and fire stations are prioritized and built as funds become available. Our library and fire stations were built through the FBA program.

However, with the passage of the Parks Master Plan and the “Build Better SD” infrastructure plan, developer fees no longer stay in the community where development occurred and instead go into a central pot downtown with no guarantee that they will be available for planned infrastructure projects.

Following are a list of some recent FBA projects:

In Progress or Recently Completed:

Park Projects:

  • Breen Neighborhood Park on the former Breen elementary school site (completed October 2005).
  • Camino Ruiz Neighborhood Park at the north end of Camino Ruiz (completed July 2006).
  • Park improvements to meet ADA requirements, including new play equipment at Maddox and Walker parks.
  • Field House at Hourglass Park next to the pool at Miramar College. The pool and field house are shared by the City and the College. (completed February 2007)

Road Projects:

  • Carroll Canyon Road under I-805 (completed 2013).
  • Mira Sorrento Place between Scranton and I-805 (completed September 2006).
  • Transit center at Miramar College (Completed October 2014).


Park Projects:

  • Improvements to Mira Mesa Community Park and Carroll Site including a pool and field house (Started Fall 2015, in progress 2022).
  • Improvements to fields next to Wangenheim Middle School (under construction, completion expected 2023).
  • Public park facilities at Salk Elementary School (start of construction expected 2022)
  • Development of Canyon Hills Park – defunded by the Parks Master Plan
  • Two additional parks in Carroll Canyon will also be constructed during this time period, but are being constructed as part of redevelopment of the gravel mining operations, not out of the developer fees:
    • The 3Roots project will build a new 25 acre  community park in Carroll Canyon. The park is developer funded except for the Recreation Center which is FBA funded
    • Additional parkland including a large passive park along Carroll Creek will be provided by the Stone Creek project.

Road Projects:

  • Construction of Carroll Canyon Road between Camino Santa Fe and Carroll Road. This project has been designed and the cost was estimated to be as much as $40 million, which is more than was available in remaining FBA funds. This project will very likely require state or federal funding to complete.