Community Planning Section
Otay Ranch is the largest master planned community
in Eastern Chula Vista, and one of the largest in the State.
About Otay Ranch
Ranch is planned to be a balanced community with housing, shops,
workplaces, schools, parks, civic facilities and open spaces. It
is intended to cluster the majority of development in villages,
with conveniently located features and well-defined edges such as
the Chula Vista Greenbelt, open spaces and wildlife corridors.
Consisting of 22,899 acres, Otay Ranch is east of I-805 and south
of Telegraph Canyon Road. A large portion of the Ranch is presently
in the County of San Diego, although it is planned to annex those
areas later. The entire ranch will ultimately add a total population
to Chula Vista of approximately 62,373.
1993, the City of Chula Vista and the San Diego County Board of
Supervisors jointly adopted the Otay Ranch General Development Plan/Sub-regional
Plan for the master planned community of Otay Ranch. The plan consists
of 11 urban villages, containing approximately 27,000 dwelling units
and support commercial and community facilities.
Development in these villages will be clustered around a "core"
area within the village reflecting varying design character and
densities. The plan will create tree-lined streets, and pedestrian
plazas and buildings to complement human, rather than automotive
activity. The plan provides a range of transportation alternatives
to the automobile, most notably transit and pedestrian-oriented
activities. Many of these villages will be connected by the future
extension of the San Diego Trolley LRT. The village cores will also
provide amenities such as commercial, parks, and schools within
a short walking distance from the residences. In addition, the plan
includes a proposed urban "center" which will contain
a variety of office, commercial, high-density residential uses.
This urban area provides a unique functional and symbolic center
for Otay Ranch.
plan also protects the important natural resources that are evident
in the area. An 11,000-acre open space preserve unequaled in San
Diego County has been created to protect most of the Otay Ranch
area. To date, over 1,000 acres of this Preserve has been dedicated
to the City and County. Other large open space areas will preserve
and connect many of the natural habitats. It recognizes the importance
of environmental and landform preservation, and the need to design
environmentally sensitive communities. A large regional trail system
linked to "paseos" and public parks will provide hikers
with a variety of recreational options.
As of the present time, the first two urban villages are being
developed and implemented under the guidance of the Otay Ranch GDP/SRP.
Approximately, 5,000 dwelling units have been constructed in these
two villages utilizing a variety of housing stock including an "alley-product"
and apartments. In addition, two public parks, a medical clinic,
two elementary schools and pedestrian "paseo" trails have
recently opened. In one of the urban villages, a 30,000 square-foot
mixed-use commercial development is currently under construction
as well. Olympic Parkway, a six-lane prime arterial for the Otay
Ranch is under construction, with the first phase of the road now
open for vehicular traffic. Completion of the road is scheduled
for this coming October, 2002.
Specific plans have also been approved for two additional villages
in the next phase and the construction process for these two villages
has recently commenced. The plan also proposes a high-density "urban"
center, which will contain a variety of office, regional commercial
and multi-family residential uses. This urban center will provide
a unique functional and symbolic center for Otay Ranch. Planning
has started on this large urban center, with anticipated development
commencing within in the next five years. In all, this cooperative
planning effort has resulted in a comprehensive plan which promotes
a new livable community, and supports the need for smart growth