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Chula Vista Bayfront

Waterfront Development

The Chula Vista Bayfront project represents one of the last truly significant large-scale waterfront development opportunities in Southern California. At approximately 535 acres, the project seeks to transform a largely vacant and underutilized industrial landscape into a thriving recreational, residential and resort destination on the Chula Vista waterfront. When complete, the public will enjoy more than 200 acres of parks and open space, a shoreline promenade, walking trails, RV camping, shopping, dining and more. While providing long-awaited, enhanced shoreline recreation and an active, commercial harbor in the South Bay, the Chula Vista Bayfront project will also establish ecological buffers to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources.

Regional Economic Engine

$2.8Btotal during construction phases

$2.1Bper year at buildout

10Kconstruction jobs & 20,000 permanent jobs

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Chula Vista Bayfront Timeline

After completing a decade-long planning effort and clearing several regulatory hurdles, the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan was unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission on August 9, 2012.

August 2012
August 2012

California Coastal Commission unanimously approves Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan.

February 2013
February 2013

South Bay Power Plant imploded.

October 2014
October 2014

Port and City of Chula Vista celebrate completion of the H Street extension project.

February 2015
February 2015

Port enters into an exclusive negotiating agreement with RIDA Chula Vista, LLC for a resort hotel and convention center.

May 2016
May 2016

Port adopts a Natural Resource Management Plan.

April 2017
April 2017

Port selects Sun Communities, Inc. & Northgate Resorts LLC to develop and operate the Destination RV Park.

June 2017
June 2017

Port and City of Chula Vista approve a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) with RIDA Chula Vista, LLC for the resort hotel and convention center.

April 2018
April 2018

Port approves the Costa Vista RV Resort project by Sun Communities, Inc. and authorizes a Coastal Development Permit, pending satisfaction of certain conditions.

April 2018
April 2018

Port and City of Chula Vista approve a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) between the Port, the City and RIDA Chula Vista, LLC. The DDA sets forth the necessary steps for the parties to authorize the financing of the project and commence construction, ultimately leading to a ground lease and required subleases for development and operations of a world-class hotel and convention center.

Fall 2018
Fall 2018

Costa Vista Resort RV Park construction is anticipated to begin.

The Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan is a local and state-approved land use plan by the Port of San Diego and City of Chula Vista. The plan envisions:

  • 70 acres of new parks (100 acres total, including existing parks)
  • 120 acres of open space, habitat replacement, wetlands and ecological buffers to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources
  • Shoreline promenade, walking trails and bicycle path network
  • 2,850 total hotel rooms
  • 600,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and marina-support uses
  • 220,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial recreation/marine-related office uses
  • 1,100 – 3,000 space parking facility

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Chula Vista Bayfront Project?

The Chula Vista Bayfront project represents one of the last truly significant large-scale waterfront development opportunities in Southern California. At approximately 535 acres, the Chula Vista Bayfront project seeks to transform a largely vacant and underutilized industrial landscape into a thriving recreational, residential and resort destination on the Chula Vista waterfront. It envisions:

  • 70 acres of new parks (100 acres total, including existing parks)
  • 120 acres of open space, habitat replacement, wetlands and ecological buffers to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources
  • Shoreline promenade, walking trails and bicycle path network
  • 2,850 total hotel rooms
  • 600,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and marina-support uses
  • 220,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial recreation/marine-related office uses
  • 1,100 – 3,000 space parking garage

What projects are underway for the Chula Vista Bayfront?

Resort Hotel and Convention Center
RIDA Chula Vista, LLC has been selected to develop a resort hotel and convention center on a 36-acre site just north of the harbor and marinas. Proposed features include:

  • Gaylord Hotels property
  • Up to 1,600 hotel rooms
  • 275,000 usable square feet of convention and meeting space
  • Associated retail and resortlevel amenities such as:
    • Pool with a lazy river
    • Spa
    • Recreational facilities
    • Restaurant/bar/lounge facilities
    • Bike rentals
    • Boat rentals
    • And more!

Destination RV Park
Sun Communities, Inc. & Northgate Resorts LLC have been chosen to develop and operate a destination RV Park on 19 acres at E Street and Bay Boulevard that will include:

  • RV sites
  • Vacation rentals
  • Recreational rentals
  • Pool, hot-tub and splash pad
  • Other high quality amenities

The scenic site for the destination RV park is near the Living Coast Discovery Center, the Sweetwater National Wildlife Refuge, and the Bayshore Bikeway, and offers stunning views of San Diego Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and the downtown San Diego skyline. 

Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade
The Port of San Diego has been awarded $4.8 million from the California Natural Resources Agency for its Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade project. It will consist of a three-quarter mile Class I bike path and pedestrian walkway linking the regional Bayshore Bikeway to waterfront amenities and future development sites on the Chula Vista Bayfront. (A Class I path provides a completely separated right of way for the exclusive use of bicycles and pedestrians with cross-flow minimized.) The proposed budget for the Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade project is $5.63 million. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019 with completion in 2020.

What are the Chula Vista Bayfront project’s objectives?

The objectives of the Chula Vista Bayfront project are to:

  • Create an active commercial harbor with public space at the water's edge;
  • Redevelop underutilized and vacant areas in the city of Chula Vista and on Port tidelands with a variety of uses;
  • Extend Chula Vista's east-west streets to the bay to ensure pedestrian, vehicle, bicycle, and transit links;
  • Provide a continuous pedestrian walkway, fully accessible to the public that connects the new Sweetwater, Harbor, and Otay Districts;
  • Establish ecological buffers to protect adjacent environmentally sensitive resources.

When will construction for RIDA's resort hotel and convention center begin?

It’s a bit too early yet to set a timeline for the start of construction for the resort hotel and convention center, but the RV park project is anticipated to break ground late this summer or early fall (2018), and some public infrastructure improvements could get underway as soon as 2019.

Note: All public infrastructure and improvements are subject to various existing agreements applicable to the Chula Vista Bayfront, including the National Resources Management Plan (NRMP), which was adopted by the Board of Port Commissioners on May 10, 2016. The NRMP was developed to meet resource management objectives which are intended to protect habitats and enhance the fish and wildlife populations of the Chula Vista Bayfront development.

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