Byline: The Log Staff
CHULA VISTA — A new website launched by the city of Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego will provide Chula Vista residents and others with information about the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan (CVBMP) project.
The website, CVbayfront.com, is intended to provide access to key information about the project that will rework 556 acres of land along the Chula Vista bayfront. It identifies key supporters, milestones achieved, and local and regional benefits and opportunities.
“As this important project moves closer to becoming a reality, we recognized the need for an engaging, useful website that meets the needs of both those just learning about the bayfront plan and those who have been involved with the project for years,” said Port of San Diego Commissioner Ann Moore. “We’ll keep everyone informed on the project’s progress with regular updates to the website and through Facebook and Twitter postings.”
With the addition of the website, Facebook and Twitter outlets, the new components are expected to help provide a comprehensive understanding of the CVBMP and its progress toward approval by the California Coastal Commission.
In May, the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners and the Chula Vista City Council unanimously approved a financing agreement for the long-awaited plan at a May 8 meeting, leaving the upcoming decision by the California Coastal Commission as the next step in the process started in 2002.
The plan proposes to develop 556 acres of industrial property on the waterfront into a residential and resort destination on San Diego Bay. More than 40 percent of the project area is dedicated to parks, open space and habitat restoration/preservation, along with new recreational and boating opportunities.
According to the plan, in the project’s first 20 years, it will generate approximately $1.3 billion for the regional economy, including more than $11.5 million in annual tax revenue.
“Momentum for the bayfront plan is building, following unanimous approval of the finance agreement earlier this month by the Board of Port Commissioners and the Chula Vista City Council,” said Chula Vista City Manager Jim Sandoval. “It has taken 10 years to get us to this point, and it is good to see how the partnership between the port and city, coupled with broad community support, continues to move us closer to the ultimate goal. I commend the staff on both sides for their outstanding work.”
The plan is expected to go before the California Coastal Commission by the end of summer.