The city is in talks with developers on standards for a proposed central “gateway” area in Hillcrest, which could include open spaces and high-rise residential towers. Rendering courtesy of Uptown Gateway Council

The city is in talks with developers on standards for a proposed central “gateway” area in Hillcrest, which could include open spaces and high-rise residential towers. Rendering courtesy of Uptown Gateway Council

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Hillcrest, Bankers Hill, Mission Hills, Middletown and part of University Heights make up the Uptown district.

Community Plan Updates

With goals including cutting pollutants and boosting the city’s stock of affordable housing, community plan updates are taking place in some of San Diego’s oldest and highest-trafficked neighborhoods.

Recently Approved: Uptown — The city has approved an update for the district that includes Hillcrest, Bankers Hill, Mission Hills, Middletown and part of University Heights. The main change was removal of a moratorium on height limits in a portion of Hillcrest, as the city finalizes details of a proposed new “gateway’’ area that could include higher-density housing developments.

Recently Approved: North Park and Golden Hill — Changes include an increase in allowed density — from a maximum of 109 to as many as 145 residential units per acre — in certain portions of North Park’s main transit corridors.

Under Review: Mission Valley — The city is in the midst of a multiphase process of updating a community plan last refreshed in 1985. Traffic and housing are among key issues being addressed, as the neighborhood has numerous large development projects coming before planners.

Source: City of San Diego

— The San Diego City Council recently removed a barrier to potential high-rise development in the core of the popular Hillcrest neighborhood, though it could be a year or more before a development blueprint for the neighborhood is in place...

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