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Massive Chula Vista Bayfront Development Receives Approval

The Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan has been a pursuit of the City of Chula Vista for more than a decade. Construction may begin on the largest coastal development in the state in the next four years.

From the Port of San Diego

After a decade-long, joint planning process betweenthe Port of San Diego and City of Chula Vista, the California Coastal Commission Thursday unanimously approved the 556-acre Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan (CVBMP), the largest available coastal development opportunity in California. Located on south San Diego Bay inthe City of Chula Vista, the accepted land use designations allow the Port and Chula Vista to progress into the development phase with the goal to transform the currently underused industrial waterfront property into a world-class resort and conference destination, complemented by a mixof residential, retail, and more than 240 acres of parks and nature preserve.

The next step for the Port and City is to secure a developer(s) for the master planned project by preparing a Request for Qualifications or RFQ. Marketing efforts are already underway and it is anticipated that an RFQ would be issued for initial phases of the project early next year and will be announced and posted on the Port and City websites.

“Today is a great day for Chula Vista and our neighbors throughout the South Bay,” said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox. “This plan is an unprecedented development model that succeeded because of collaboration with differing interests, input from community stakeholders and hard work from dedicated people. We now have an economically and environmentally sound foundation that will bring thousands of new jobs to our region and increase public access to our waterfront.”

The project will be implemented in four major phases over a 24-year period. The first phase includes developing the resort conference center, creating public parks and open space, restoring habitat areas, and constructing a new fire station, RV park and mixed-use residential development. It is envisioned that construction for the first phase could begin as early as 2016.

Pacifica Companies, a San Diego-based development and real estate company, is the design/build company that will construct the mixed-use residential areas located on previously developed land near existing yacht marinas.

“I am proud to represent Chula Vista and the Port during this historic moment. This projectcombines the best in planning and development that will benefit residents, the environment and the economy for an entire region,” said Port Commissioner Ann Moore. “Approval of the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan exemplifies the collaborative approach the Port of San Diego aims to take with projects involving our five member cities."

In the near term, significant changes will occur to Chula Vista’s bayfront over the next year.

Among the largest projects is the demolition of the South Bay Power Plant. This fall, the power plant which began operating in 1960 and was decommissioned in 2011, will be imploded in two phases. Its removal will further open views of San Diego Bay as the site is prepared for newvisitor-serving and business assets as envisioned in the CVBMP.

For more information on the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan visit CVBayfront.com

Ms. Ida & Mauli August 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM
This whole deal is 30 years overdue.. nearly every bay city on the country has developed its waterfront, some very nicely...Perth Australia....amazing........singapore...very cool , fishermans wharf, san francisco...wow, seattle, portland, Victoria BC, Cheryls comments " it should take 24 years"....but honey, you are 30 years behind the times...so you have to do it in six years now
Shorebird August 10, 2012 at 03:02 PM
and IB with it's majority of city officials and city council members still operating under the flag of "wiifm radio signal" is woefully lagging in progress, by the time CV finishes developing theirs we will have officially started with just another 5 or 10 year delay. Maybe even have a grocery store if we havent been ennexed to San Diego City.
John Galt August 10, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Chula Vista Marina is one of the nicest places around. Always clean and well kept. I hope they leave it alone.
Mike G August 11, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Seeing as how waterfront property is one of the most rare and finite resources why does I.B. see fit to ensure that most of ours is left to wildlife refuge and wetlands preserves? Does anyone really think I.B. is going to build a thriving economy based around birdwatchers?
Jack Fisher August 11, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Shorebird and MikeG great comments and spot on. Hope CV can pull this off.
Mike G September 21, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Not trying to fluff your feathers Mel but this sounds very much like a "I already got mine so stay out" mentality. You don't get out much don't you? CV stretches from the Bayfront to the far reaches of Eastlake. It's "old-world, small town charm" vanished long ago unless you're referring to the Old Town 3rd street corridor. Are you aware that CV is the 2nd largest city in SD county?
Mike G September 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM
First of all "Mel" I'm relatively certain that my 24 years of active duty military service took me to places on this planet you never dreamed of visiting. Secondly I was BORN in Chula in 1964! And you? My Grandparents had a home on 2nd Ave. Yours? Lastly TJ doesn't count as "many parts of the world". You've been served! Next.

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