San Diego, California - San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors approved a project Wednesday consistent with the County’s general plan that could eventually build up to 1,119 homes, commercial space, a school, parks and trails, and a fire station on 1,284 acres between Chula Vista and Jamul.
The Board voted 3-2, with Supervisors Greg Cox, Kristin Gaspar and Jim Desmond voting to approve the project known as both “Otay Ranch Village 14 and Planning Areas 16/19,” and “Adara at Otay Ranch.” Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Nathan Fletcher voted to oppose the project.
The project plans to build homes in five phases in the Proctor Valley area of Otay Ranch. The project’s backers, the Jackson Pendo Company, said the project will include a range of housing—priced for moderate to above-moderate income levels—from “courtyard” homes on smaller lots, to traditional homes in gated communities and larger “ranchettes.” The project’s 1,284-acre site is located near state routes 125 and 94, about one-quarter of a mile northeast of Chula Vista and one-half mile southwest of Jamul.
The project, which County officials said has been long been contemplated in the County’s general plan, includes several green, sustainable-community features to reduce its carbon footprint. For example, the project includes 17-plus miles of trails and pathways, a “village core” and nearly 25 acres of parks, which are designed to encourage residents to walk and bicycle around the community rather than drive.
The project will also include more than 770 acres of preserved open space and nearly 73 acres of biological open space. All homes will include solar panels to generate electricity, and electric vehicle charging stations will be installed in half of the community’s residential garages and parking areas.
County officials said the project will also provide single-family residential units in proximity to several employment centers. County Planning & Development Services officials told the Board Wednesday that the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) estimates there are 102,000 jobs within the South County area and jobs are expected to increase by 83 percent through 2050.
The project was previously recommended for approval by the County Planning Commission in October 2018.