The De Anza Cove Amendment to the Mission Bay Park Master Plan project is a comprehensive outreach and planning program to reimagine, repurpose and revitalize the project area. This planning effort will work with the community and stakeholders to develop conceptual revitalization plan alternatives that result in a preferred plan, an amendment to the Mission Bay Park Master Plan and a programmatic environmental impact report (PEIR). The De Anza Natural plan is being undertaken as part of a settlement of a San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board enforcement action.
In the programmatic environmental impact report that is currently being produced for the De Anza Amendment to the Mission Bay Park Master Plan, the City’s Planning Department is analyzing De Anza Natural, the City’s preferred plan, as well as a range of alternative plans.
Three plan alternatives (shown below) are being studied in the PEIR, in addition to the no-project alternative required by CEQA. As they work on this effort, City staff are taking into consideration the many comments that were received from the public following the release of the Notice of Preparation earlier this year, as well as stakeholder comments that were received from the Mission Bay Park Committee and the Parks and Recreation Board. If you would like to be added to the contacts list to receive further De Anza news, please scroll down and complete the sign-up form.
On Jan. 11, 2022, a new draft land use plan for De Anza Cove, along with a new Notice of Preparation, was made available for public review.
The City of San Diego hosted a virtual Scoping Meeting on January 24, 2022 to discuss the environmental review process for the De Anza Cove Amendment to the Mission Bay Park Master Plan.
To meet these goals the City will engage the community and technical and design experts to determine the potential reuse of the project area to revitalize De Anza and surrounding areas and include a diverse mix of public recreation, camping, wetlands, and other active regional park uses.
The project site falls within the boundaries of the adopted Mission Bay Park Master Plan – a regional park that serves all of the residents of San Diego as well as visitors. The Revitalization Plan is subject to Park goals and objectives in the Mission Bay Park Master Plan. The final plan shall be the basis of the amendment to the Park Master Plan.
The Mission Bay Park Master Plan currently provides for the following land use recommendations for the DeAnza Project Area:
The De Anza project is an effort lead by the City of San Diego to revitalize the project area to provide for the highest and best use of the area to serve the local and regional needs of the public. The ReWild project is being conducted by a coalition organized by the San Diego Audubon Society to restore wetlands along Pacific Beach Drive and both sides of Rose Creek. Please visit the ReWild project site at rewildmissionbay.org for more information.
The Planning Department is evaluating nature-based alternatives that would result in an expanded wetland in De Anza Cove. Enhanced wetlands have the potential to increase climate resiliency, carbon sequestration and provide for quality habitat for endangered plants and animals. Wetlands can provide recreational and educational opportunities that would be unique to northwest Mission Bay.
The 2018 City concept plan was reevaluated as stakeholder input continued to be received. The City received supplemental funding from the Northeast Mission Bay Wetland Restoration Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) to study additional wetlands creation.
PEIR NOP public scoping meeting on the 2018 project was held on June 20, 2018.
Thank you to all the public members who attended the Mission Bay Park Committee meeting on Dec. 5, 2017. The two DeAnza Revitalization concept plan alternatives were presented to the Committee as an action item. The action was to recommend a preferred alternative for the basis of the amendment to the Mission Bay Park Master Plan and for the Environmental Document. The Committee’s recommendation was to move forward with the revised alternative 2 as presented to the Committee, as the basis of the EIR analysis.
Mission Bay Park Committee - Action Item
The Mission Bay Park Committee meeting will be held at the Mission Bay High School auditorium on Dec. 5, 2017, at 6 p.m. The two refined draft concept alternatives for the DeAnza Revitalization will be presented to the Mission Bay Park Committee for a recommendation of a preferred concept plan.
Presentation of two Refined Draft Concept Alternatives to the Parks and Recreation Board.
There was robust attendance from the community that provided great feedback and asked many insightful questions.
The meeting began with a presentation by the Project Team that included an overview of the meeting purpose and goals and a review of the Mission Bay Master Plan Goals and Guiding Principles. In response to all the input received from Community Workshop #3 and online engagement activities in November, where the public provided feedback on the three preliminary Draft Concept Alternatives, the Project Team provided a highlight summary of the highest supported uses and alternatives.
After setting the stage, the Project Team provided a detailed presentation of the two Refined Draft Concept Alternatives. The Ad-Hoc Committee then had a focused discussion in response to the Refined Draft Concept Alternatives, providing comments, asking questions, and sharing their perspective.
Following the Ad-Hoc Committee meeting members of the public were invited to participate in an Open House and review the two Refined Draft Concept Alternatives in more detail. Members of the Project Team were available to meet and talk with members of the public and ask questions about the Alternatives.
Community Workshop #3 meeting on Nov. 7, 2016, began with a presentation by the Project Team that included an overview of the community outreach process conducted to date and a detailed presentation of the three draft Concept Alternatives. The workshop then transitioned to an open house which provided attendees with the opportunity to see the draft concept alternatives up close, ask questions of the Project Team, and provide feedback on draft uses, design, and potential refinements.
The fifth Ad-Hoc Committee meeting on June 16, 2016, included an overview of activities conducted at the Community Workshop #2 and online activities, participation in a similar group design activity with the Ad-Hoc Committee that mirrored what was done at Workshop #2, and participation in an additional program prioritization dot exercise with the public
Throughout the De Anza Revitalization Plan outreach process, the community and the Ad-Hoc Committee have provided significant feedback on amenities and programs they would like to see and focus on for the future of the De Anza project area, including participation online in the Program Prioritization Activity that mirrored the activity that took place at Workshop No. 2.
Community Workshop #2 on April 27, 2016, provided an opportunity to hear from the design team about the opportunities and constraints analysis findings and case studies of visionary parks and park features from around the world. Over 200 attendees came together and collaborated in groups to prioritize future programs and uses and then designed their own concept plans for De Anza.
The fourth Ad Hoc Committee meeting on April 14, 2016, focused on discussion of the existing conditions and issues and constraints for natural resources and other environmental conditions, hearing about community/stakeholder-generated concepts, looking at iconic park case studies, and brainstorming and prioritizing potential uses. View Exiting Conditions Workbook.
The third Ad Hoc Committee meeting on March 9, 2016, focused on seeking the Ad Hoc Committee’s refinement of a draft vision and guiding principles, providing existing conditions information on the transportation network, a leasehold analysis of existing leases and projected future demand, and an overview of existing uses within the project site and in the adjacent areas.
The second Ad Hoc Committee meeting on Feb. 10, 2016, focused on seeking the Ad Hoc Committee’s refinement of a draft vision and guiding principles, providing an update on public involvement events, an overview of the Mission Bay Park Master Plan and California Coastal Act, and a discussion of the scope of the existing conditions analysis and input on issues and constraints.
Workshop No. 1 on Jan. 28, 2016, kicked off the De Anza Revitalization Plan project with the public. The workshop was conducted in an “open house” format with opportunities for public input at “topic stations.” Each topic station included short presentations and displayed relevant maps and information on focused topics, including natural resources, transportation, existing uses, economics, vision/future uses and amenities, project overview, and public information to gather initial input on key issues and priorities.
The first Ad-Hoc Committee meeting on Dec. 9, 2015, focused on introducing committee members and the community to the project. Content included a project overview (background, boundary, and key components), an overview of the public involvement plan, and a preliminary brainstorming of the project vision and guiding principles.