City of Chula Vista


The concept is The Corky McMillin Companies’ new town, designed to be the epicenter of the award-winning 23,000-acre Otay Ranch community. Millenia is a 210-acre mixed-use community described by McMillin as a “smart, energy-efficient, pedestrian-oriented, well-planned community.” A hybrid of suburban and urban neighborhoods, it will include more than 3.5 million square feet of commercial space (office, civic and retail) that will create an estimated 10,000 jobs and about 3,000 condominiums, town homes, and lofts that will include affordable, senior, and assisted living units. Millenia will also have a strong employment and civic component, along with the variety of housing types, in a series of compact, walkable districts. The entire community is woven together with parks, plazas, town squares, biking and walking paths that offer recreation, relaxation and socializing.

Transit will also be convenient due to the central location. Adjacent to the state Route 125 and on a planned express transit route, Millenia will link downtown San Diego with the international border, making it as much of a regional center as a neighborhood. An innovative new regional high-speed express bus service will provide transportation to and from downtown San Diego in 25 minutes and to the border crossing at San Ysidro in 10 minutes. The local bus service will also provide public transportation to the historic Third Ave District of Chula Vista, the scenic beauty and wildlife of the Chula Vista Nature Center, and to the Bayfront.

The design is so innovative it is part of a national research project by the National Energy Research Center’s Center for Sustainable Communities, the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission.

The Facts

  • SANDAG smart growth urban center
  • Urban core spanning 80 city blocks
  • 30 acres of office designed as the corporate business center of South County
  • Up to 2,000 urban format, multifamily homes
  • Up to 300,000 sf of retail and commercial amenities
  • Acres of recreation, including parks, plazas, town squares, paseos, and trails
  • Civic and cultural facilities
  • Integrated bus rapid transit and pedestrian circulation system

Visioning Plan:

Related Actions

  • Grow new employment centers
  • Improve quality of life
  • Provide access to gathering places
  • Build the types of housing that people will want and be able to afford, including a mix of single-family homes, apartments, and townhomes
  • Concentrate new housing into more compact types of development


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