Forging a Thriving Chula Vista Bayfront Development: All things to all people
A dedicated community and diverse stakeholder groups used the CEQA environmental review process to create the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan. This Master Plan will serve the southern San Diego County region and balances commercial, resort, and residential development with passive recreational parks and environmental preservation.
The Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan took more than 20 years of planning, including hundreds of community meetings and hearings. The final plan, unanimously approved by several public agencies, including the California Coastal Commission and the City of Chula Vista, enjoys public support from elected officials, environmental organizations, the business community, organized labor, arts and culture organizations, and health advocates. Instead of lawsuits, the diverse stakeholders negotiated agreements to change the project description and adjust mitigation requirements in order to create a plan that all parties could stand behind.
When built out, the Master Plan area will provide over 155 acres of public parks and open space. It will also restore and protect important wetland and riparian habitat. Thanks to CEQA, the Chula Vista Bayfront enjoys environmental protection while maximizing economic benefits.