Board elections and voting

Uptown Planners holds an election for board positions most years in March. Below you’ll find information about running for a board seat and participating as a voter in our annual election.


Candidate Qualification

Board members are elected to four-year terms in March in accordance with City Council Policy 600-24 and our bylaws.

Board members must be at least 18. Their eligibility may derive from any of these affiliations within the Uptown community area:

  • owning property (solely or partially)
  • having a primary residence
  • being the owner, operator, or designee of a local business or non-profit
    (only one board member per establishment allowed)

Proof of eligibility will be required when applying for candidacy.


How to Run for a Board Seat

1 – Attend at least 2 meetings of Uptown Planners in the 12 months before the March election meeting to qualify to run. Attendance is typically verified by reference to the meeting sign-in sheets. So if you don’t sign in, make sure to speak so that your name will be recorded in the meeting minutes. NOTE: When meeting via Zoom, sign in using the Chat feature.

2 – Complete the Candidate Application Form and email it to the Chair of the Election Committee stating your desire to be a candidate for the election.

2 – After receiving approval of your candidacy, submit a Candidate Statement. This may be EITHER a max 200-word document (Word or PDF format) with (optional) photo headshot OR a max 120-second audio recording or video (YouTube, Vimeo, TikTok). Email file or link to the Chair of the Election Committee.

Voter Qualification

Residents, business owners, and property owners may vote in the annual Uptown Planners election. To qualify to vote, one must show either a residential address or proof of property ownership in Uptown. A drivers license, lease, utility bill, or other evidence of residence is acceptable. Businesses or non-profit organizations located within Uptown may also cast one vote per business or non-profit organization.

Click the map at right to see the boundary of Uptown’s community plan area. →

What communities are within the Uptown planning area?

The map below shows the boundaries of Uptown Community Plan Area. The Uptown Community Plan Area is bounded on the north by the steep hillsides of Mission Valley, on the east by Park Boulevard and Balboa Park, and on the west and south by Old Town San Diego and Interstate 5.

The plan area and neighborhoods represented include: Bankers Hill/Park West, Middletown/Five Points, Mission Hills, the Medical Complex, Hillcrest, and University Heights neighborhoods.

map showing boundaries of the Uptown Community Plan Area

Meeting Location

The Board meets the 1st Tuesday of every month (except January and July). We typically meet at the Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St, San Diego (located just east of the Trader Joe’s store in The Hub). Special meetings may be held at other venues located in Uptown. Committee meetings are held in other accessible public spaces such as the Mission Hills-Hillcrest Knox Library, 215 W. Washington St, San Diego. All meetings are posted on the Uptown Planners website at least 72 hours in advance.

NOTE: When meetings are held via Zoom, instructions for joining will be included with the meeting agenda.

Please contact the board chair via our contact form if you have any special requests or needs for a meeting.