Update on De Anza Permits and Enforcement Actions

In mid-May, the Coastal Commission was set to review Campland’s coastal development permit for redevelopment at De Anza Point, a process which we believed needed revisions due to its lack of environmental analysis and water quality protection measures, and potential to preclude planning efforts in the area. The Coastal Commission staff included eight recommendations in their report, which San Diego Audubon and over 20 supporting organizations responded to. Some or our recommendations were addressed in the Coastal Commission’s addendum

Despite this, two major deficiencies in the permit application remained: no mention of soil contamination monitoring, an important precaution as discussed by the City Council in 2019, and no improved monitoring and public notification of water quality problems in the Bay. Wetland supporters rallied to ask for these changes, and the issue was pulled from the agenda by the applicant the morning of the meeting. We anticipate that it will return to the Commission for review sometime soon, and will remain in communication about next steps. You can also read more about the May Coastal Committee meeting in this article by the San Diego Union-Tribune.     

This SDNews article reports on an ongoing enforcement action taken against the applicant. The Coastal Commission’s enforcement unit “is in talks with the lessee (Terra Vista Management) to resolve both enforcement issues at this property and at Campland, and we hope to bring that proposed resolution to the commission in the next few months…. All the violations revolve around public access.” The enforcement action is unrelated to the Coastal Development Permit. 

A big thanks to everyone that was ready to get active on this! It has been a busy season for the ReWild Mission Bay project, but hopefully you’ve gotten a chance to enjoy Mission Bay’s wildlife. We’ve all been getting a lot of needed social and health benefits from our parks, bays and open space in the past year.