Public Review

The City of San Diego’s Planning Department has prepared a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the Mission Bay Park Master Plan – Fiesta Island Amendment and is inviting your comments regarding the adequacy of the document. The Draft PEIR and associated technical appendices have been placed on the City of San Diego’s Planning Department website under the heading “Draft CEQA Documents” and can be accessed using the following link: https://www.sandiego.gov/planning/programs/ceqa

The Draft PEIR public notice has also been placed on the City Clerk’s website at: http://www.sandiego.gov/city-clerk/officialdocs/notices/index.shtml

Your comments must be received by January 21, 2019 to be included in the final document considered by the decision-making authorities.

Please send your written comments to the following address: Rebecca Malone, Environmental Planner, City of San Diego Planning Department, 9485 Aero Drive, MS 413, San Diego, CA 92123 or e-mail your comments to PlanningCEQA@sandiego.gov with the Project Name and Number in the subject line. Please note that only written comments received either via US Mail, hand-delivered, or via email will be considered official comments in the Final PEIR.

PROJECT NAME: Mission Bay Park Master Plan – Fiesta Island Amendment
PROJECT No.: 562189 / SCH No. 2017051034
COMMUNITY AREA: Mission Bay Park
COUNCIL DISTRICT: 2 (Campbell)

Environmental Impact Report

A Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) is a comprehensive assessment of the environmental effects that could result from implementation of the proposed Master Plan Amendment. It is prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act. In addition to addressing potential impacts related to community concerns such as aesthetics, biological resources, recreation, traffic, and infrastructure, the EIR will also identify mitigation to reduce or avoid significant impacts.

About the Project

The proposed project is an amendment to the Mission Bay Park Master Plan (Master Plan) to update the land uses and vision for Fiesta Island. The proposed project includes maps, diagrams, and supporting policy recommendations in the Master Plan that will guide future improvements to the approximately 470-acre planning area in four subareas. The proposed project includes two options, Option A and Option B, with different elements in one of the four subareas, the Southwest Subarea.

The project includes recommendations for island-wide improvements to recreation facilities, access and circulation, changes to parking, construction of soft-surface trails and paved multi-use paths linking different areas together, grading and landscaping, habitat improvements, water quality improvements, eelgrass bed plantings, enhancements to directional signs, and upgrading utilities.

Project Location

Draft Options

In the current Master Plan Concept Plan for Fiesta Island, a roadway would be extended along Hidden Anchorage “cove”, in the southwest area of the Island, with swimming proposed in the channel area south of the island, dredging along the western edge, termination of the Least Tern preserve area at Stony Point.

Option A proposes:

  • Extension of Fiesta Island Road to an area south of Hidden Anchorage
  • Two parking areas for a total of 312 parking spaces/with trailer spaces
  • Paddling facility, storage and launch area
  • Dock and designated supervised swimming area
  • Leash free swimming area
  • Developed park with a children’s play area
  • Restrooms
  • New eel grass habitat
  • Least Tern Habitat
  • Multi-use trails
  • Native/non-native grassland dog off-leash play area/with turfed special event area
  • Small dog fenced leash free area

Option B proposes:

  • Two centralized parking areas for a total of 213 parking spaces
  • Trails (running trail)
  • Native/non-native vegetation dog off-leash play area
  • Small dog fenced leash free area
  • View pavilion
  • View plaza
  • Leash free swimming beach
  • New eel grass habitat
  • Least Tern Habitat
  • Picnic tables/benches

Project Schedule

The following is the anticipated schedule for project completion:

Spring 2017

CEQA Notice of Preparation (NOP) and Scoping Meeting

Summer/Fall 2018

Prepare Mission Bay Park Master Plan Amendment for Fiesta Island

Winter 2018

Mission Bay Park Committee and Park and Recreation Board Briefings

December 2018 - January 2018

Public Review of Draft EIR

January 2019

Mission Bay Park Committee and Park and Recreation Board Recommendations

Spring/Summer 2019

Estimated Adoption of Mission Bay Park Master Plan Amendment for Fiesta Island and EIR (City Council and California Coastal Commission)

Project Team

City of San Diego

Park Planning, Planning Department
  • Mike Hansen, Director, Planning Department
  • Manages the Planning Department
  • Alyssa Muto, Deputy Director, Planning Department
  • Manages the Environmental & Policy Analysis Division of the Planning Department
  • Sara Osborn, Senior Planner
  • Project Manager for the Mission Bay Park Master Plan Amendment/Fiesta Island

Other Team Members

  • PlaceWorks, Planning, Design, and Environmental - Lead Consultant: As the name suggests, PlaceWorks is all about places and how they work at multiple levels—geographically, environmentally, functionally, aesthetically, and culturally. PlaceWorks creates actionable plans for healthier and more sustainable neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools using a wide array of diagnostic and planning tools. Its services and practice areas meet the latest economic and societal changes and the increasing complexity of environmental health and regulation. PlaceWorks will lead the overall plan amendment effort, preparing the master plan amendments and environmental review documents.
  • STC Traffic, Transportation/Traffic: STC Traffic, Inc., is a full service traffic engineering firm that specializes in the design, implementation, and operation of high-tech Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Traffic Engineering and Control Applications. STC Traffic projects range from improvement studies for isolated intersections to system design and implementation of regional transportation systems. STC will participate in preparing conceptual plans for the project and complete a traffic impact analysis for the preferred alternative for the environmental review.
  • Nasland Engineering, Engineering/Infrastructure/Water Quality: Nasland Engineering is a full-service civil engineering, surveying and land-planning firm serving all of Southern California that will prepare a water quality technical and hydrology report in support of the environmental document.
  • Merkel & Associates, Marine Biological Resources: Merkel & Associates is a biological resources firm that specializes in marine biology. Merkel & Associates has been conducting studies in San Diego and Mission Bay in particular for many years. Merkel will conduct marine biological and wetlands and other waters technical analyses in support of the environmental document.
  • Alden Environmental, Biological Resources: Alden Environmental’s primary services include biological surveys, habitat restoration, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) support, environmental compliance monitoring, jurisdictional delineations, agency coordination, natural resource planning, and aquatic resources permitting. Alden will prepare a vegetation map and biological report in support of the environmental document, and may also analyze wetland marine resources.
  • Terra Costa Consulting Group, Geotechnical/Shoreline: TerraCosta provides geotechnical and civil engineering services related to water, land, and the interactions between these fundamental elements. Terra Costa draws upon its vast experience to understand these elements and provide solutions for the benefit of the community. Terra Costa will prepare a site-specific geologic/geotechnical study and a study of sea level rise for the environmental analysis.