The Chula Vista Bayfront (CVB) is the result of a joint master planning process by the Port of San Diego, the City of Chula Vista and Pacifica Companies. The CVB represents the last significant waterfront development opportunity in Southern California, as well as being one of the largest at approximately 535 acres. The project creates and sustains jobs and new public parks, protects natural coastal resources and provides conference and visitor-serving amenities.
Planning efforts began in 2002 and were guided by the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan Citizens Advisory Committee, as well as extensive public participation. After clearing several regulatory hurdles and reviews by various agencies, the plan was approved by the California Coastal Commission on August 9, 2012. The next step is for the Port of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista to secure a developer or developers for the project beginning with an RFQ for initial phases (See RFQ Page).
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While many of the specific features of the project have yet to be defined, the Illustrative Plan provides a conceptual look of the Locally Approved Land Use Plan. The Ecological Resource Illustrative Plan provides a perspective of the CVB parks, open space and habitat in relation to environmentally sensitive areas adjacent to the project site.
The CVB is dedicated to creating a balance of development, publically accessible space, and the conservation and protection of natural resources and the environment. In 2010, the CVB Environmental Impact Report was certified.
In March of 2013, the Bayfront Cultural and Design Committee (BCDC) was established to advise the San Diego Unified Port District on the design of parks, walkways, bikeways, cultural facilities and development projects in the Chula Vista Bayfront.
The Port Master Plan defines and directs the balance of land uses available to the Port and provides local and regional context to proposed projects. The purpose of the Port Master Plan Amendment (PMPA) is to incorporate changes to land and water use designations to reflect current conditions and development opportunities in the CVB.
The City of Chula Vista’s local coastal program (LCP) regulates development within the City’s coastal areas. An amendment to the City’s LCP, called the Local Coastal Plan Amendment (LCPA), was approved in May 2010 by the Chula Vista City Council to reflect the land use changes in the CVB Master Plan. You can find it in the archived joint City of Chula Vista/Port of San Diego Meeting, dated May 18, 2010.
The Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan includes a land exchange that requires Pacifica to exchange 97 acres in the Sweetwater District with the Port of San Diego for 35 acres of Port land located in the Harbor District, moving development away from sensitive habitat and into a previously developed area better suited for redevelopment and density.
The Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners and the Chula Vista City Council unanimously approved the financing agreement for the CVB.
After a decade-long planning process, the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan was unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission on August 9, 2012. In June, the Coastal Commission also approved a development permit that allows for the demolition of the South Bay Power Plant, which is within the CVB footprint.
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