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HKS was retained to create a master plan for this underutilized bayfront site located across the freeway from downtown Chula Vista. The plan connects the city to the bayfront by extending key downtown streets and connecting the site to existing light rail and bus services. A commercial harbor anchors the water plan and becomes the center for retail, residential and hotel development on the bayfront. Wetlands and environmental concerns were addressed in the planning process.
HKS prepared spatial development frameworks for the district to organize transportation, infrastructure, and open space networks. The district master plan addressed placemaking, access, mobility, quality of life, sustainability and economic development. Design guidelines were written and illustrated to describe the qualities desired in the environment. Specific sections of the planning document detail parking strategies, bike pathways, street design, streetscape elements, landscape palettes, public art, and building form.
The master plan was shaped through more than two years of public input and was certified in 2012 by the Port, City Council and California Coastal Commission. Design Controls and Guidelines for development parcels and the public realm was prepared the following year. The master plan received the 2014 National Planning Achievement Award for Urban Design from the American Planning Association.