The second largest city in San Diego County, Chula Vista first addressed climate change in our county.
Chula Vista Climate Plans
In 2000, Chula Vista adopted a Carbon Dioxide Reduction Plan, followed by the 2008 Climate Mitigation Plans and the 2011 Climate Action Plan. At each step in Chula Vista's planning process, the city included a broad group of stakeholders. Learn more about Environmental Health Coalition's response to the Climate Change Working Group’s Recommendations on Climate Adaptation Strategies.
Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan
As part of the Bayfront Coalition, EHC and six other non-profit organizations negotiated a Settlement Agreement with the City of Chula Vista and Port of San Diego concerning the proposed development of the Chula Vista Bayfront. The agreement includes a comprehensive energy section (page 22 ff.) “to ensure that the proposed project is comprised of high performance and high energy-efficient buildings and clean, efficient generation.”
The Settlement Agreement also created a Wildlife Advisory Group to evaluate and make recommendations concerning climate change and rising sea levels on the area’s wildlife. The creation process for the National Resources Management Plan will consider the group's recommendations.
Chula Vista General Plan
The 2005 Chula Vista General Plan includes objectives for improving local air quality (Objective E6) and promoting energy conservation (Objective E7).
EHC participated as a member in the Environment, Open Space and Sustainable Development Subcommittee and as a strong advocate for inclusion of Policies E 6.4 and E 6.5:
- Policy E 6.4: Avoid siting new or re-powered energy generation facilities and other major toxic air emitters within 1,000 feet of a sensitive receiver or the placement of a sensitive receiver within 1,000 fee of a major toxic emitter. (Note: this policy supported a decision of the California Energy Commission to deny an expansion permit for MCC Peaker Plant.)
- Policy E 6.5: Ensure that plans developed to meet the city’s energy demand use the least polluting strategies whenever practical. Conservation, clean renewables, and clean distributed generation should be considered as part of the city’s energy plan, along with larger natural gas-fired plants.