|The American Planning Association (APA) for Urban Design has recognized the City of Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego for excellence in urban planning with a National Planning Achievement Award for the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan.
Ten Achievement Award recipients were selected by the awards jury as examples of good planning work. The Achievement recipients will be recognized collectively at the APA's National Planning Conference in Atlanta in April. APA's national awards program, the profession's highest honor, is a tradition established more than 50 years ago to recognize outstanding community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. These efforts help create communities of lasting value throughout the country – and the world.
The Urban Design award honors efforts to create a sense of place, whether through a street, public space, neighborhood, or campus effort. "It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the APA for a project that has taken years of hard work and dedication from staff at the city of Chula Vista and Port of San Diego," said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox. "We also share this award with Pacifica Companies which has been a collaborative partner in this process."
After a decade-long, joint planning process between the Port of San Diego and City of Chula Vista, the California Coastal Commission in 2012 unanimously approved the 535-acre Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, the largest available coastal development opportunity in California. Located on south San Diego Bay in the City of Chula Vista, the accepted land use designations allow the Port and Chula Vista to progress into the development phase with the goal to transform the currently underused industrial waterfront property into a world-class resort and conference destination, complemented by a mix of residential, retail, and more than 240 acres of parks and nature preserve.
"The Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan demonstrates a commitment to good urban design and will transform the bayfront into a vibrant destination," said Port Commissioner Ann Moore, who represents Chula Vista on the seven-member Board of Port Commissioners. "This project combines the best in planning and development strategies, with a master-planned vision for the future that will benefit residents, the environment and the economy."
The plan also has been recognized for its projected impact on job creation and business growth, winning 2012 Job/Opportunity Creation Project of the Year from the North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum.
Pacifica Companies, a San Diego-based real estate investment and development company, will construct the plan's mixed-use residential areas, which are located on previously developed land near existing yacht marinas.
Posted: January 29, 2014