The goals of Canyon Enhancement Planning conform to objectives adopted in the City of San Diego 2008 General Plan, the most relevant listed below.
Conservation Element B.1 “Protect and conserve the landforms, canyon lands, and open spaces that: define the City’s urban form; provide public views/vistas; serve as core biological areas and wildlife linkages; are wetlands habitats; provide buffers within and between communities; or provide outdoor recreational opportunities.”
Conservation Element B.1.c “Protect urban canyons and other important community open space including those that have been designated in community plans for the many benefits they offer locally, and regionally as part of a collective citywide open space system.”
Urban Design Element A.1 “Preserve and protect natural landforms and features. (a) Protect the integrity of community plan designated open spaces. (b) Continue to implement the MSCP to conserve San Diego’s natural environment and create a linked open space system. Preserve and enhance remaining naturally occurring features such as wetlands, riparian zones, canyons, and ridge lines.”
Urban Design Element A.2 “Open Space Linkages - Use open space and landscape to define and link communities.”
Urban Design Element A.3 “Design development adjacent to natural features in a sensitive manner to highlight and complement the natural environment in areas designated for development.” Additional details pertaining to canyon views, grading, visual and physical access are provided in UD-A.3.a-g.
Recreation Element F.2.d “Preserve open space along lakes, rivers, and creek beds for passive public recreation uses that are consistent with MSCP preservation goals.”
Other important canyon issues (e.g. erosion, invasive plant species, access, etc.) are addressed throughout the Plan’s Conservation Element (CE), including discussions and policies in sections on Open Space and Landform Preservation (CE-B), Water Resources Management (CE-D), Urban Runoff Management (CE-E), Biological Diversity (CE-G), and Environmental Education (CE-N).