Chula Vista Bayfront Project
The Port of San Diego and City of Chula Vista are transforming a largely vacant and underutilized industrial landscape into a thriving recreational, residential and resort destination on the Chula Vista waterfront of San Diego Bay. The project will create new public parks, protect natural coastal resources, provide conference and visitor-serving amenities, and build an important asset for the San Diego region, the South Bay, Chula Vista residents and coastal visitors.
Through August, construction work at E Street and Bay Boulevard as part of the Costa Vista RV Resort project will result in periodic traffic impacts, including lane closures. Construction will take part in phases and the contractor will post current signs on the roadway to each construction area. The work will also have some minimal and periodic impacts on the Bayshore Bikeway. While the Bayshore Bikeway will remain open, cyclists and pedestrians can expect detours and temporary delays. For safety, please pay attention and adhere to all signage.
Costa Vista RV ResortCosta Vista RV Resort
The Costa Vista RV Resort, under construction at E Street and Bay Boulevard, will enhance public access and public recreation by providing lower-cost overnight accommodations, walking trails and other improvements on and around the site. With panoramic views of the bayfront, Costa Vista will feature a mix of traditional RV stalls and vacation rentals. Amenities will include pools, a day spa, restaurant, arcade and game room, outdoor grills, children’s rock climbing and playground, and more.
Off-site improvements include the extension of and traffic improvements along E Street, improvements to the future F Street, the realignment of Gunpowder Point Drive to allow continued access to the Living Coast Discovery Center; and grading on adjacent parcels.
Sweetwater Bicycle Path & PromenadeSweetwater Bicycle Path & Promenade
The Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade will be a multi-use pedestrian and bicycle pathway winding through the future Sweetwater Park in the northern portion of the Chula Vista Bayfront and connecting the existing Bayside Park (site of the future Harbor Park) to Bay Boulevard at E Street. It is the first segment of a loop connecting to the Bayshore Bikeway at the northern and southern ends of the Chula Vista bayfront. The primary features include a truss pedestrian bridge spanning the F & G Street Marsh inlet; benches and overlook areas for optimal views of San Diego Bay; native trees, shrubs and ornamental landscaping; and improvements near the bridge to restore a naturalized channel bed and channel stability while also creating new wetland habitat and increasing resiliency of the wetlands to sea level rise.
Gaylord PacificGaylord Pacific
The Gaylord Pacific resort hotel and convention center, to be built by RIDA Chula Vista, LLC, will be the centerpiece of and the catalyst project for future development within the Chula Vista bayfront. It will include up to 1,600 hotel rooms, a convention center with four ballrooms, three levels of meeting space and two outdoor meeting and event lawns; public promenades and public amenities; and associated retail and resort-level amenities such as a pool with a lazy river, a spa, and more.
In addition to providing a world-class hotel and convention center in the South Bay, this project will also provide a vehicle to build future public parks, restore sensitive habitat, and construct public infrastructure.
Harbor ParkHarbor Park
Harbor Park will nearly double the size of the existing Bayside Park and will be developed in two or more phases. Proposed features at completion include an enlarged and developed beach; a boat launch at the north end for personal watercraft such as kayaks and paddleboards; a café at the north end; waterside terraces surrounding the beach that offer seating, relaxing, and sunset views; a pier at the end of H Street offering additional bay and skyline viewing; formal, multi-use lawns and large public gathering areas; an interactive fountain; extensive children and family play area; visitor hub with refreshment stand at the south end; and three restroom facilities.
Harbor Park, along with the future Sweetwater Park, will account for more than half of the new park space planned for the Chula Vista Bayfront. Harbor Park will provide signature amenities, recreational opportunities and programming in its much larger available acreage.
Sweetwater ParkSweetwater Park
Sweetwater Park is planned for the northern portion of the Chula Vista Bayfront. Sweetwater Park is meant to be a passive park focusing on the environment and natural resources of the area. Proposed features include meadows and specialty gardens; mounded grasslands; nature playground; picnic area; various pedestrian and bicycle paths – some with paved and others with softer surfaces; sand dunes; and multiple overlooks for bayfront viewing
Sweetwater Park, along with the future Harbor Park, will account for more than half of the new park space planned for the Chula Vista Bayfront. Sweetwater Park will connect visitors with the bayfront’s ecology and provide environmental educational opportunities and family/child-oriented recreational exploration.
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.
California Coastal Commission unanimously approves Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan.
South Bay Power Plant imploded.
Port and City of Chula Vista celebrate completion of the H Street extension project.
Port enters into an exclusive negotiating agreement with RIDA Chula Vista, LLC for a resort hotel and convention center.
Port adopts a Natural Resource Management Plan.
Port selects Sun Communities, Inc. & Northgate Resorts LLC to develop and operate the Destination RV Park.
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.
Port approves the Costa Vista RV Resort project by Sun Communities, Inc. and authorizes a Coastal Development Permit, pending satisfaction of certain conditions.
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.
The Port and the City of Chula Vista continue inclusive and open outreach by holding design workshops for the future Harbor and Sweetwater Parks. The first workshop was held Sept. 27 for a discussion on the community’s preferred uses at both parks.
The Port and the City of Chula Vista hold second Harbor Park Design Workshop.
The Port and the City of Chula Vista hold second Sweetwater Park Design Workshop.
The Port and City of Chula Vista celebrate groundbreaking on the Costa Vista RV Resort and Sweetwater Bicycle Path & Promenade projects.
The Port and the City of Chula Vista hold the final Design Workshop for the future Harbor and Sweetwater Parks.
Port approves Coastal Development Permit for Sweetwater Park.
Chula Vista Bayrfont Master Plan
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
The Transformation Begins
In September 2019, the Port of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista held a groundbreaking celebration for the first two major projects of the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan - the Costa Vista RV Resort and the Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade.
At approximately 535 acres, the plan 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
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
What is the cost for Sweetwater Path and who's paying for it?
The total project cost for Sweetwater Path is $5.63 million, $4.8 million of which is being funded through an Urban Greening Grant awarded to the Port by the California Natural Resources Agency. The intent of the grant is to encourage the development of facilities that connect a community to destinations that they may normally drive to and to encourage the use of trees and vegetation to provide for oxygen production, carbon dioxide sequestration, and urban heat island reduction in temperatures. Additional funding of $794,000 is provided by the Port’s Capital Improvement Program and $33,000 is provided by the City of Chula Vista.