City Specific Plans

La Mesa Specific Plans

The adoption of a specific plan can provide a vision for the future. A synergistic approach, where the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts. A system where each part of the plan can add to and reinforce another.

A specific plan serves as a planning tool for carrying out the objectives of the La Mesa General Plan. It bridges the gap between the general policy-oriented language of the General Plan and more detailed criteria guiding the development of specific sites or public improvements. It also adds additional criteria for carrying out projects under the City Zoning Ordinance.


A specific plan is a flexible planning document which features precise parcel-specific design guidelines in some areas with less specificity in others. The plan promotes public/private coordination of development efforts.

Current Specific Plans

Alvarado Specific Plan

The Alvarado Specific Plan is a privately proposed plan to redevelop the San Diego RV Park property on Alvarado Road between 70th Street and Comanche Drive. The Plan would allow for a housing project that could include as many as 950 apartment units, and may include a student housing component. The draft Plan and other project information are available on the Alvarado Specific Plan webpage.

Please contact the Planning Department at 619.667.1177 should you have any questions regarding the specific plans.