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General Plan Overview

Concluding almost four years of collaborative work between the City and the public, the City Council approved an updated General Plan on December 13, 2005. This new General Plan looks out to the year 2030, and will guide the City’s future growth and development over the next 25 years. It is the first comprehensive update of the City’s General Plan since 1989.

What the General Plan Includes

The General Plan identifies how land will be used, how needs for transportation, parks and other public facilities and services will be met, and how natural resources and the community’s heritage will be protected. It provides a bold vision for Chula Vista to ultimately become a world-class city with over 300,000 residents, while respecting the people and places that make us unique.

The General Plan is a document that includes text and graphics and is organized in chapters as follows.

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chula Vista in Perspective
  • Vision and Themes
  • Land Use and Transportation Element
  • Economic Development Element
  • Housing Element
  • Public Facilities and Services Element
  • Environmental Element
  • Growth Management Element
  • Implementation
  • Glossary

To view the General Plan and related documents, click here. State law identifies required “elements” that local general plans must address, but provides a great deal of local flexibility on how to name and organize these elements as long as required topics are addressed. Local governments can also add other elements to fit their own needs.

For more information on general plans and planning, see A Citizen's Guide to Planning and the State's General Plan Guidelines prepared by the Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR).

Next Steps
The next steps to carry out the new General Plan have already begun. These include completion of the Urban Core Specific Plan in the northwest part of the City, a look at other areas where more detailed plans and zoning changes will be pursued, undertaking a special study of the H Street corridor where proposed building heights have been an issue, and continuing efforts to secure a university and a technology park that would provide high quality jobs.

The Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, being prepared jointly with the San Diego Port District, will address that key area of the City.

An overall program detailing how the General Plan's recommendations and direction will be carried out is being prepared.

If you have questions or would like more information about the adopted General Plan, you may call the Planning Division's main phone line at (619) 585-5621.

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