Chula Vista considers annexing new development

CHULA VISTA - Chula Vista could choose to extend its city limits in order to annex a massive new development.

Moller Otay Lakes Investment recently purchased Otay Ranch Village 13A for $21 million. The 867-acre property sits in unincorporated San Diego County, on the northeastern side of Otay Lakes. It’s also right on the edge of Chula Vista city limits.

Early plans include more than 1,000 homes, commercial space, and a 200-room resort hotel.

Chula Vista Advance Planning Manager Ed Batchelder said the city is researching whether it should pursue annexing the property.

“Last time we annexed some property was back in 2000; we annexed San Miguel Ranch,” said Batchelder, adding that the process took several years.

Annexation might make sense for the South Bay city.

“The services that will be provided will actually come from Chula Vista anyway,” said Chula Vista City Council candidate Scott Vinson, who has also been a real estate agent for more than 20 years.

The residents of the new development could use Chula Vista parks. Chula Vista fire and police would respond to its emergencies, and children would probably attend Chula Vista schools.  The county would have to pay back the city for much of that trade-off.

“They have programs for the reimbursement for the services,” Batchelder said.

Vinson said the massive development would be a boon for a city that is once again exploding with construction.

“If we can get that up and running in a couple of years, that’s going to help us get some jobs,” he said.

San Diego County is still working out plans with the developer on who will provide services, assuming the city does not annex the land.

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