Mira Mesa Community Plan Update

Through an as-needed contract with the City of San Diego, Dudek prepared a comprehensive update to the Mira Mesa Community Plan, updating all of the plan’s elements and providing urban design services for four focus areas within the community.

Project Facts
  • City of San Diego
  • Mira Mesa (San Diego), California
  • Spanning 10,500 acres
  • 80,000 residents
  • 80,000 jobs
  • Unanimously approved by the San Diego City Council
Shopping center and parking lot

The Challenge

Mira Mesa is located between Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar on the south and Los Peñasquitos Canyon on the north, and between the I-805 and I-15 freeways. At approximately 10,500 acres, Mira Mesa is the largest and most populous of the City of San Diego’s 50 community plan areas with over 80,000 residents and 80,000 jobs. The updated Community Plan is needed to address growth, community needs, and infrastructure demand; enhance quality of life, and take action for the environment.

Artist's rendering of shopping center for the Mira Mesa Community Plan Update

The Solution

Dudek tested and illustrated new approaches to land use, development standards, and mobility improvements to revitalize four focus areas and retrofit suburban shopping centers with transit-supportive uses and development typologies. Dudek also assisted with advisory committee meetings to educate and inform the public on how urban design can be used in the public realm and provided examples of suburban retrofit concepts. Additionally, we prepared electronic 3D urban design concept models for each of the four focus areas.

The Impact

The Plan was unanimously approved by the San Diego City Council in December 2022. As one of the largest communities of San Diego in land area, population, and employment, the Mira Mesa Community Plan provides the framework to increase housing supply, reduce automobile dependency, and allow aging suburban malls to reemerge as walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods.

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