La Mesa Transit Oriented Development Feasibility Study

Spring Street and Amaya Drive Transit Stations

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Welcome to the City’s webpage for the City of La Mesa (City) Transit Oriented Development Feasibility Study (Study)!  The purpose of the Study is to evaluate the potential for creating transit oriented developments at two transit stations: the Amaya Drive Station and the Spring Street  Station.

To understand community priorities and travel patterns, an online survey was conducted. Survey responses were taken through February 1, 2021. Additionally, local community-based organizations were engaged directly for targeted feedback. The results of this first phase of public outreach for the project can be found here: Phase 1 Outreach Summary

Learn More about the Study

A transit-oriented development (TOD) is development that typically includes a mix of uses, such as commercial and residential, and is located next to transit such as bus, trolley, and/or train. This type of development promotes the creation of housing units, access to public transit, offers multiple traveling options to commuters such as walking, biking and/or transit, and adds neighborhood amenities. The City of La Mesa has identified two transit stations, the Amaya Drive and Spring Street locations, as potential TOD sites. 

A feasibility study typically occurs very early in the planning and visioning process to evaluate opportunities and constraints on a particular site. As part of the Study, the City is gathering information about each of the sites related to zoning, legislation, housing, parking, and economic factors, among others. Additionally, throughout the process, the City will be actively engaging with the community residents, business owners, and various stakeholders to discuss the possibilities for these opportunity sites.

Study Timeline and Community Engagement Opportunities

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The timeline below provides an overview of the three key phases of the Study, as well as the community engagement activities that are planned for each phase. These community engagement activities include intercept surveys, pop-up events, and community meetings. It should be noted that due to current public health guidance, the first phase of community engagement has been modified to include an online questionnaire and phone interviews because we cannot meet in-person at this time. The Study is anticipated to be completed in early 2022.

Study Contact Information

Community Development Department
City of La Mesa
8130 Allison Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91942

 Study Funding and Partners 

The City applied for and received competitive grant funding through the Caltrans Sustainable Communities Grant Program for the Study, which is being completed in cooperation, consultation, and partnership with the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Service (MTS), SANDAG, and Caltrans. The City has engaged consulting firm AECOM to complete the Study.