Legislation to Propel Chula Vista Bayfront Project Sent to Governor’s Desk

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

AB 2646 Puts One of Last Regulatory Puzzle Pieces in Place to Create Jobs, Protect the Environment in Longstanding South Bay Effort

SACRAMENTO  – (Tuesday, August 7, 2018) – A bill by California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) allowing the Chula Vista Bayfront project to make a critical step forward was passed by the State Senate and sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his consideration yesterday.

Assembly Bill 2646 puts a key piece of a 2010 agreement into place that allows the State Lands Commission to transfer a 97-acre parcel of state land in Chula Vista to the San Diego Unified Port District. Under the agreement, this bayfront parcel must be used for open space, to promote public access to the coast, and to protect sensitive wetlands – key public and environmental benefits that are required under the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan to develop a visitor-serving convention center and resort.

“Revitalizing the Chula Vista Bayfront has wide-ranging benefits for the South Bay and the entire San Diego region and I’m so honored to continue playing a part in advancing it,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “Even today the Chula Vista Bayfront project faces some uphill challenges, but I’m proud to see this constructive piece of the puzzle move forward.”

Local agencies and stakeholders have been planning the Bayfront project for nearly three decades. The development will include an RV park as well as a resort and convention center. The project will create new public parks; provide long-awaited, enhanced shoreline recreation; and protect, promote and enhance the area’s environmentally sensitive resources. As part of this development, an existing RV park within this parcel of land must be moved and reconstructed, a process that can’t begin until the land is transferred to the Port.

From an economic standpoint, the Port estimates that the Chula Vista Bayfront project will require 10,000 construction jobs and, upon completion, generate 20,000 permanent jobs and $2.1 billion in ongoing economic activity annually.

The State Senate passed AB 2646 by a 37-0 vote on Monday afternoon. In April, the Assembly passed the measure, 74-0. The Governor is expected to sign or veto the bill by the end of August.

For more information on this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact Evan McLaughlin at (619) 850-2790.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher visit https://a80.asmdc.org/