The Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan (Specific Plan) is a comprehensive planning document that provides a policy framework to guide transit-oriented public and private development and multi-modal improvements adjacent to the Balboa Avenue Trolley Station consistent with the General Plan City of Villages strategy. The Station is part of the Blue Line Trolley line from Downtown to the University community designed by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).
The Specific Plan area is approximately 0.70 square miles (210 acres) and is located in the Pacific Beach and Clairemont Mesa communities, just north of Mission Bay.
The Specific Plan will help implement the goals and objectives of the City’s Climate Action Plan by increasing employment and housing opportunities near transit; promoting walking and bicycle use as viable travel choices; and improving transit access and frequency.
- Identify multi-modal improvements to increase bicycle, pedestrian, and transit access to the station.
- Establish goals and policies to guide future public and private development to establish transit-oriented development adjacent to the station.
The Specific Plan envisions a thriving, mixed-use urban environment that provides multiple opportunities for living and working near the Balboa Avenue Transit Station. The proposed land uses are depicted on the map below.
The Specific Plan envisions a multi-modal network that focuses on access to the Balboa Avenue Station. The Specific Plan recommends improvements that balance the needs of all users, decrease dependence on single occupancy vehicles, and reduce average commute distances. The Mobility chapter provides policies and network recommendations for the public right of way that will help accommodate future travel demands. The policies prioritize the establishment of a complete streets network by ensuring safe and efficient travel for all modes throughout the study area, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists. Recommended improvements sought to improve connectivity and access to regional amenities such as Mission Bay Park, Rose Creek Bike Path, and Pacific Beach.
Building frontage improvements create a pleasant and inviting environment for residents, businesses, and visitors and should relate to the street and neighborhood character. They can provide a consistent and cohesive theme to unify and highlight the distinctive characteristics of a neighborhood and corridor.
The Specific Plan envisions building designs and streetscapes that support pedestrian activity. The graphics illustrate the desired characteristics and recommendations.
Magnolia & Mission Bay Drive
In response to comments received during public review, minor revisions and clarifications have been made to the document which do not change the conclusions of the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) regarding the project’s potential environmental impacts and required mitigation.
Provided below are the comment letters and responses to written environmental comments received during the 61-day public review period for the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (Draft PEIR) that started April 13, 2018, and ended June 12, 2018. A total of 46 comment letters were received during the review period.
The Final EIR will be posted here, and on the City’s website on Friday, November 16, 2018.
February 27, 2018 - Clairemont Ad Hoc Subcommittee - Draft Plan Presentation
January 18, 2018 - Clairemont Ad Hoc Subcommittee - Draft Plan Overview Presentation
December 14, 2017 - Pacific Beach Ad Hoc Subcommittee - Draft Plan Presentation
July 19, 2017 - Clairemont Ad Hoc Subcommittee - Project Update Presentation
July 18, 2017 - EIR Scoping Meeting - Presentation
November 3, 2016 - Pacific Beach Ad Hoc Subcommittee - Proposed Improvements Presentation
November 2, 2016 - Clairemont Ad Hoc Subcommittee - Proposed Improvements Presentation
May 24, 2016 - Pacific Beach Community Planning Group Balboa Station Transit Subcommittee meeting - Draft Recommendations Presentation
May 10, 2016 - Clairemont Ad Hoc Subcommittee - Existing Conditions Presentation
December 7, 2016 - Pacific Beach Community Planning Group Balboa Station Transit Subcommittee meeting - Existing Conditions Presentation
On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the Pacific Beach Planning Group ad hoc Subcommittee for the Balboa Specific Plan held a meeting to review and discuss the draft Specific Plan. At the meeting, the Planning Department presented an overview of the draft Plan.
To review presentations from past meetings, please visit the meetings page.
The City of San Diego has prepared a Specific Plan for the area around the future trolley station at Balboa Avenue. The Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan is a comprehensive planning document that
- Identifies multi-modal improvements to increase access to the Balboa Avenue trolley station.
- Establishes goals and policies to guide future transit-oriented development adjacent to the station.