The Board of Supervisors and the City of Chula Vista adopted the Otay Ranch General Development Plan/Subregional Plan (GDP/SRP) and certified the associated environmental documentation including the Final EIR, Technical Addendum and Otay Ranch Final CEQA Findings on October 28, 1993 (1), County General Plan Amendment (GPA) 92-04. GPA 92-04 adopted Volume 2 of the Otay Subregional Plan, which contains major policies, recommendations and implementation measures, including the Village Phasing Plan, Facility Implementation Plans, Mitigation Monitoring Program, and Resource Management Plan, Phase 1, guiding development of the Otay Ranch project.
Many of these policies, recommendations, and implementation measures require continued coordination between the City of Chula Vista and County of San Diego.
Otay Ranch is within the County Subarea Plan that includes about 48,240 acres of open space within the County’s jurisdiction.
On March 6, 1996 (6), the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the Otay Ranch Conveyance Plan, a portion of the Otay Ranch Resource Management Plan, Phase 2, solely for the processing and conveyance of Preserve lands associated with Specific Plan Area (SPA) One (Villages 1 and 5). In addition, the Board directed that no other Village or SPA could be approved until further amendments were approved by the City and County. The Board also authorized the formation of a Preserve Owner/Manager (POM) (made up of the District 1 Supervisor and the Mayor of Chula Vista) through the execution of a Joint Exercise of Authority Agreement between the City and County.
On August 7, 2002, the Board of Supervisors approved the expansion of the Preserve Initial Conveyance Area that was approved by the Board on March 6, 1996, in response changes in property ownership and biological value due to the listing of the Quino checkerspot butterfly and other factors. The expanded preserve initial conveyance area will also provide more flexibility to property owners within the Otay Ranch in selecting required conveyance areas. The County of San Diego,in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is processing an amendment to the County Subarea Plan to provide coverage for the Quino checkerspot butterfly (QCB).
The effect of this amendment on the Otay Ranch plan may occur in two ways: First, the County plan is intending to maintain the existing MSCP plan as the basis for coverage for the QCB. However, there are likely to be some adjustments to development bubbles. The probable effect will be that there will be a net increase in area placed into open space preserve as a result of the project. Second, the QCB has been found in significant numbers in some of the more easterly portions of the project. The ultimate effect of the listing of the QCB and the identification of its populations may be that some lands that were considered of lower value when the conveyance plan was created will now be of higher value. The proposals listed under this project will have a positive effect on the conservation of the QCB and are in conformance with the County Subarea Plan.