Chula Vista University

Cula Vista University Final


City of Chula Vista – Southeast Boundary


The concept of locating a four-year university in Chula Vista was introduced back in 1993, when the Otay Ranch General Development Plan was adopted. Land acquisition got underway in 2007 when 230 acres, some of it open space, were transferred to the City by developers Brookfield Shea and the EastLake Company. In April 2008, another 50 acres were acquired from the Otay Land Company. On May 20, 2008, Councilmembers unanimously approved the transfer of 160 acres from JPB Development to the City of Chula Vista. That transfer brought the total acreage for the University Park and Research Center site to approximately 375 acres. Total acreage transferred to the City is valued from $250-$300 million. In return for the land, the City will allow developers to add more residential units to their existing plans and process their entitlements in a more streamlined way. The addition of the final acreage marks the end of land negotiations and the beginning of an intensive period of university and college recruitment. In the agreement with the Otay Land Company, the company pledged two million dollars toward the recruitment efforts.

The city-owned campus will contain a four-year university, a technology park, and a global energy research center. The campus will offer an opportunity to focus research and training on renewable energy sources and environmentally-friendly manufacturing and construction processes. The campus will also house the prestigious charter school High Tech High Chula Vista. The charter school, which will focus on life sciences and environmental education, is currently under construction on an eight-acre site at the corner of Hunte Parkway and Discovery Falls Road.

The area surrounding the campus will host a mix of residential, retail, office, and light industrial assets that will support the campus.

The project site is about 1,281 acres and is generally located south of main st/rock mountain rd, east of heritage rd, north of the otay river valley and west of salt creek canyon. The area is currently in a vacant, natural state. The project site involves three land owners, OLC, JPB Development, and the city.

  • OLC – portions of Villages 4, 7, and the EUC and all of Village 8 West and 9
  • JPB – Village 8 East and portion of Planning Area 10 (University and RTP site)
  • City – portion of Planning Area 10

GP and GDP Amendments made on 2/26/13 (good for 2 years):

  • Up to 6,050 units
  • 1.8 million sq ft of commercial and office
  • Relocate RTP from Village 8 East to PA10
  • Reduce RTP from 200 to 85 acres
    • Increase FAR from 0.25-0.75 to 0.25-2.0

The City will be considering the SPA plans, EIRs, and tentative maps in Spring 2013.

Visioning Plan:

The San Diego region’s economy benefits from its visionary investments in educational and research institutions and has a diversified economy supported by advanced technology/innovation. The global sale of technological innovations (goods or services) supports the regional economy. The greatest potential for economic growth is likely in the innovation economy and this presents the region with a unique opportunity to grow this sector. The campus will further retain, strengthen, and grow this major traded economy by providing jobs, especially a broader spectrum of job opportunities that include manufacturing. The campus will also harness the power of innovation by incorporating life sciences, high-tech manufacturing, and a research institution. The campus also has the potential to create a cross-border mega-region as the area has the most heavily traveled international border in the world with an historic economic interdependence, which continues to add international partners from all parts of the world.

Related Actions

  • Commercialize technology and manufacture new products in the region
  • Invest in training and education to assist the region’s diverse communities
  • Grow new employment centers
  • Invest in catalytic institutions (such as universities) that support economic growth
  • Increase the percentage of advanced-degree recipients


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