Commission Approves Major Redevelopment of Chula Vista Bayfront
With broad support from the community, the Coastal Commission unanimously approved the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan at its August 2012 meeting. The plan provides for significant redevelopment of approximately 556 acres of bayfront land while protecting the rich and diverse marine, biological, and scenic resources of San Diego Bay and the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge and requiring substantial new opportunities for public recreation.
The approved plan concentrates significant new hotel and residential development near the harbor and allows only lower-intensity recreational and visitor-serving uses near sensitive wetland areas and the Chula Vista Nature Center. The plan also protects critical public view corridors and assures that the existing lower-cost RV park facility and commercial boatyard are maintained within the bayfront area. The Commission required redesign of a proposed Resort Conference Center site to reduce the bulk and scale of development near the shoreline and to provide a pedestrian-scale "retail village" between the public Harbor Park and the planned Resort. The Plan also includes alternative transit measures, including a public shuttle, designed to capitalize on the two trolley stations and the Bayshore Bikeway; creation of an extensive public trail system to and along the shoreline; and limits on any reduction in the number of small slip sizes in the marina.
For more information, see the August 9, 2012 staff report and San Diego Union Tribune article
Commission Approves Protection of 6,800 acres of Coastal Land in Santa Cruz County.
At its April meeting the Commission approved a land division of approximately 6,800 acres along the north coast of Santa Cruz County. The land will be transferred to California State Parks and the Bureau of Land Management to protect this undeveloped stretch of rural coastline in perpetuity for coastal agriculture, open space, and public access.
See the staff report and the related Los Angeles Times article.