Location: Chula Vista, CA
Michael Baker International provided planning, environmental, and civil engineering services to the City of Chula Vista and the County of San Diego in developing and reviewing a comprehensive General Development Plan for 23,000 acres in South San Diego County. As part of the Otay Ranch Project Team developing the General Plan, Michael Baker’s responsibilities include land use design, environmental issues, the implementation plan, circulation systems, and coordination with various interests. Michael Baker played a key role in addressing land use issues such as regional parks, development around Otay Lakes, planning for an urban center, and establishing criteria for village character. The team also had a key role in environmental issues, including preparing and presenting a Resource Sensitivity Analysis and reviewing the County Resource Protection Ordinance (RPO). Coordination was an important component of Otay Ranch, as the area’s jurisdiction included both the County of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista. In order to accommodate the Otay Ranch General Development Plan, Michael Baker coordinated with both agencies to make amendments to each jurisdiction’s different General Plan. The team also coordinated with both jurisdictions and various Citizen Committees on all planning matters; with Caltrans and MTDB on circulation systems; with U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the Sierra Club, and the Joint Powers Association (JPA) on environmental issues, such as gnatcatcher and coastal sage scrub preservation and regional parks; and with Peter Calthorpe and Andes Duaney on Neo-traditional town planning concepts.