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, 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 9 urban villages, containing approximately 27,000 dwelling units
and support commercial and community facilities.
Development in these villages will typically 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 a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, that will also connect to activity and employment centers outside of Otay Ranch and the City. 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.