Major Milestones
and Achievements

The largest waterfront development opportunity on the West Coast
The Chula Vista Bayfront will transform 535 acres of prime bayfront property into a thriving world class resort, convention center, residential and recreation destination on San Diego Bay.


2002 – This year marked the initiation of the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan (CVBMP). The planning team solicited citizen input, analyzed existing bayfront conditions and gathered market data to produce three preliminary land use concepts.

2003 – To gain citizen input, the Port, City and Pacifica engaged in a wide-reaching public participation program that included 15 Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings, eight public workshops and joint Board/City Council meetings. The program also included 100 public and community presentations, newsletter distribution, local and regional media coverage and representation at various community events.

The Land Exchange between the Port and North C.V. Waterfront L.P. (Pacifica) was proposed this year during the community planning process for the CVBMP. The vision for the bayfront was developed with the help of Cooper Robertson, a nationally recognized planning firm, and the members of the CVBMP Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

2004 – After two years of planning, the Board of Commissioners and the Chula Vista City Council jointly approved two preliminary CVBMP land use plans developed by the urban waterfront master planning team of Carrier Johnson/Cooper, Robertson & Partners.  The CAC was recovened and expanded to 28 members, and 16 meetings were held.

2005 – The Board Port of Commissioners and the Chula Vista City Council each approved the proposed Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan and directed staff to proceed with the environmental review process.

2010 – In May 2010, the Board of Port Commissioners and the Chula Vista City Council and the Chula Vista Redevelopment Corporation and Planning Commission held a joint hearing, during which the CVBMP Final Environmental Impact Report was certified and amendments to the Port Master Plan and the City’s Local Coastal Program were adopted. The Land Exchange between The Port and Pacifica Companies was approved, December 10.

2012Financial agreement unanimously approved by Port of San Diego and City of Chula Vista. Contractor selected for South Bay Power Plant demolition. Coastal Commission approves construction permit to demolish above ground structures of the South Bay Power Plant, part of the Chula Vista Bayfront site. The City of Chula Vista responds quickly to approve the permit for the demolition. The plan was unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission August 9, 2012.

2013 – The South Bay Power Plant was imploded on February 2, achieving an important milestone for the development of the Chyula Vist Bayfront.  On November 13, 2013, the  groundbreaking for the long-awaited H Street Extension Project took place.  It will connect the waterfront to the main streets in western Chula Vista, marking the start of the $7.2 million project, approved by the Board of Port Commissioners on September 10, 2013. H Street will be extended westerly from Bay Boulevard, where it currently dead-ends, to Marina Parkway.