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City Council Public Hearing

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Public Workshops

  • Saturday, August 27, 2016
  • Saturday, December 10, 2016
  • Saturday, April 8, 2017

 Pop Up Events

  • Wednesday, June 1, 2016
  • Thursday, August 18, 2016
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016
  • Friday, November 25, 2016
  • Friday, December 2, 2016

In November 2015, the City of Lemon Grove was awarded SANDAG Grant funds to prepare an expanded Downtown Village Specific Plan. The City has partnered with Brian Mooney and the planning division of Rick Engineering to prepare the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP). The DSP will analyze circulation and economic development opportunities in the Broadway corridor of downtown Lemon Grove from Massachusetts Avenue to Washington Street. 

The Lemon Grove community has been actively participating in the DSP. Two community workshops were held in August and December 2016 to discuss the vision, issues and opportunities in downtown. City Council workshop presenting feedback received from the two community workshops was held on April 8, 2017 with general consensus to proceed with the Draft DSP under the new alternatives with minor modifications (see 4-8-17 Memorandum to City Council and associated PowerPoint presentation). 

How is this related to the General Plan Update? The Specific Plan is an implementation tool! It will create policies, design guidelines and development strategies specific to the Downtown area.


The area studied encompasses approximately 245 acres and generally includes the area along Broadway between Massachusetts Avenue to Washington Street and between the SR-94 and Central Avenue.


Community Workshop #1 was held at the Lemon Grove Community Center on Saturday, August 27, 2016. 82 passionate stakeholders attended the workshop to engage and share their input at the following five stations:

  • Neighborhoods and Vision;
  • Land Use and Density;
  • Mobility;
  • Urban Design and Arts; and
  • Business and Economic Development


Community Workshop #2 was held at the Lemon Grove Community Center on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Over 60 individuals attended the workshop to share their input on the following four topics:

  • Neighborhoods and Land Uses;
  • Urban Design, Art and Parks;
  • Mobility and Connections; and
  • Business and Economic Development.


A joint City Council and Community Workshop was held at the Lemon Grove Community Center on Saturday, April 8, 2017. All five council members and four community stakeholders attended. The City Council Workshop provided an overview of the existing 2005 Downtown Village Specific Plan (DVSP), the SANDAG grant, the Baseline Opportunities and Constraints Report, and results from the public outreach program. The presentation focused on three topics in association with the DSP: 1) Vision and Goals, 2) Land Use, and 3) Mobility and the City Council and public provided feedback as it relates to each topic and/or the project as a whole. The City Council generally supported the higher density aspect, pedestrian orientation, and themed concepts of the downtown with the understanding that these will be economic drivers for the City. The City Council directed staff to Draft the DSP for consideration. The memo to City Council and PowerPoint presentation are available for review. 


The City Council held a public hearing to consider the adoption of the draft DSP on April 17, 2018 (Click here to view the Public Notice). The City Council voted to approve the DSP and conducted the first reading of the implementing ordinance at this hearing (Click here for Draft DSP).  The City Council approval included minor amendments to the DSP and the associated Mitigated Negative Declaration (Click here to view the City Council Amendments). The Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the Draft DSP was available for public review for a period of 30 days (Click here to view the Notice of Intent, MND and MMRP ).

At the second reading of the DSP, a motion to adopt the Plan failed on a 3-2 vote on May 1, 2018.