Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus (SMMC) Modernization and Improvement Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of San Diego
Document Title
Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus (SMMC) Modernization and Improvement Project
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Document Description
CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT (CUP) AMENDMENT, PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PERMIT (PDP) AMENDMENT, AND SUMMARY STREET VACATION for upgrades to the existing SMMC, including a six-level approximately 95,000-square-foot (SF) expansion of the existing Mary Birch building; the construction of a new approximately 3,000-SF waste dock; the construction of a new seven-level approximately 260,000-SF hospital tower and new approximately 30,000-SF concourse entry; the replacement of the existing Rady access bridge; the demolition of the existing dietary building and service building; the demolition of the 40,000-SF Knollwood Building and the construction of an approximately 120,000-SF administration office building; the partial demolition of the existing eight-level central and south hospital towers down to the existing second level podium base, which would remain; the demolition of the existing plumbing shop; central energy plant (CEP) modifications; and a street vacation of approximately 169-SF of excess City of San Diego (City) Right-of-Way for a new driveway near the transition of Birmingham Way and Meadow Lark Drive. The Project would result in a net decrease of 113 hospital beds, consisting of a 27--bed increase associated with the Mary Birch expansion, a 152-bed increase associated with the new hospital tower, and a 256-bed decrease associated with the demolition of a portion of the south and central towers. The CUP amendment would allow for the continuation of hospital uses within a commercial zone. The PDP amendment would allow deviations from the CO-1-2 zone building height limit of 60 feet for heights ranging between approximately 122 and 139 feet for the new hospital tower and between approximately 83 and 90 feet for the Mary Birch expansion. The Project site is zoned CO-1-2 and is within the Serra Mesa Community Plan area. The existing SMMC was authorized by a series of CUPs and PDPs, including CUP No. 86-0456, CUP No. 87-0076, CUP Amendment No. 88-0253, CUP Amendment No. 88-1297, CUP and PDP No. 41-0408, CUP No. 11504, PDP No. 11505, CUP 392017, and PDP No. 392018. These projects were analyzed under a series of environmental documents including Negative Declaration (ND) No. 88- 0253 (Planning Commission Resolution No. 0247-PC, Adopted Nov. 8, 1988), Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) No. 88-01297 (City Council Resolution No. R-274251, Adopted on August 8, 1988), MND No. 6839 (City Council Resolution No. R-296244, April 2, 2002, and MND 116107 (Planning Commission Resolution No. 4249-PC on April 7, 2002).

Contact Information

Courtney Holowach
Agency Name
City of San Diego
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
San Diego
Citywide, Countywide
Other Information
Conditional Use Permit Amendment, Planned Development Amendment and Summary Street Vacation

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
City of San Diego
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
San Diego
Final Environmental Document Available at
Development Services Department, 1222 First Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes (Addendum to Negative Declaration No. 88-0253 and Mitigated Negative Declaration No. 88-1297)
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA


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