GOLDEN HILL URBAN DESIGN ELEMENT
Urban Design and Community Outreach
San Diego, CA
Perched within hilly topography next to Downtown San Diego and Balboa Park, Golden Hill occupies a premier geographic location in the city (approximately 745 acres), with breathtaking city, bay and mountain views and is one of the oldest communities in the city. Two qualities that make the community unique are the variety of older, traditional architectural styles, and the sensitivity of the earlier site planning to the rolling terrain and canyon landforms. Many of the community's neighborhoods still have a pedestrian scale with mature trees and quiet streets. Growth has followed a traditional neighborhood development pattern, characterized by compact blocks, small lots and fine-grained, pedestrian-scaled buildings. Many significant residential architectural styles exist in the area and are well worth preserving. Scope included development of the Urban Design Element of the Community Plan Update, focusing heavily on graphics to communicate the unique characteristics that make Golden Hill such a special community in the City of San Diego.