April 26, 2002

Chula Vista Residents Invited to Share Their Vision For The Future

Chula Vista Vision 2020 Community Festival on April 27 also includes information fair, hands-on exhibits, great prizes and giveaways, kids activities and more.

On April 27, the Chula Vista Vision 2020 community festival will give residents their first opportunity to provide the city direct input regarding their needs, hopes and concerns about Chula Vista’s future. The community festival will feature three town hall-style discussions, an information fair, great prizes and giveaways, and a supervised kids’ zone. The Chula Vista Vision 2020 community festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the campus of Chula Vista High School (Fourth Ave. and “K” Street).

The town hall discussions will provide attendees with a chance to share their views on these key issues in detail:

 9:15 a.m. - How can we deal with traffic issues created by continuing growth and development?

 10:30 a.m. - What facilities (parks, libraries, schools, restaurants, etc.) are needed in your neighborhood or the city?

 11:45 a.m. - How should we preserve and enhance our quality of life in Chula Vista?

A moderator will encourage participation from all those present and each session will last around one hour. All town hall participants will have a chance to win great prizes including tickets to upcoming concerts at Coors Amphitheater, family season passes to the Chula Vista Nature Center, and more.

The Information fair will feature interactive displays about the services and programs offered by various city departments, regional agencies and community organizations. City departments represented include Recreation, Engineering, Human Resources, Community Development, Library, Cultural Arts, Transit, Nature Center, Fire, and Police, Regional agencies and community organizations include both local school districts, the Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), CalTrans, the Fair Housing Council, the American Cancer Society and more. The information fair will also provide another opportunity for residents to provide input to city planners on virtually any topic.

A free Kids’ Zone supervised by staff from the city’s STRETCH and DASH after-school programs will provide a safe, fun environment for children ages 6-12, while their parents participate in a town-hall session or explore the information fair. Activities in the Kids’ Zone will include a wacky obstacle course, dance workshops and cool art projects. Children and adults can both enjoy hands-on exhibits from the Chula Vista Nature Center, Police Department and Fire Department.

The City of Chula Vista is updating its General Plan to set the course for all growth, development and community planning during the next 20 years. This update is necessary in order to plan for new growth and development as well as for the revitalization of existing communities and neighborhoods. Participation of residents is vital, as their input along with other research conducted by city staff, will form the basis for the General Plan Update. The city’s General Plan Update process will take around two year, and should be completed late in 2003.

For more information about the Chula Vista Vision 2020 Community Festival, call the General Plan Upgrade line at 619-409-5486, or visit the General Plan Update section on the city’s Web site at www.ci.chula-vista.ca.us. Persons who wish to participate in the festival and require special accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or persons who require live Spanish translations during the town hall meetings are asked to call 619-409-5486 by noon on Wednesday, April 24.

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