HELIX completed an EIR evaluating the redevelopment and expansion of the UTC regional shopping center in the University Community Planning area of the City of San Diego. The EIR evaluated the expansion of the 1+ million s.f. regional shopping center through the redevelopment of existing shops, department stores and surface parking areas, and addition of 750,000 s.f. of new retail space, several parking garages and construction of 250 residential units. The EIR analyzed the environmental consequences of a Community Plan Amendment to increase retail and introduce residential uses, as well as a Master Planned Development Permit, Site Development Permit, and Tentative Map.
In response to concurrent developments in legal case law, the EIR was one of the first in the City of San Diego to address water supply pursuant to SB 610 and climate change in response to AB 32. In response to the concern for water supply, mitigation was included in the EIR that required the applicant to fund the extension of reclaimed water lines to various City parks in the area to offset the additional demand generated by the shopping center expansion. In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and related climate change concerns, the EIR disclosed a series of sustainable design features, including incorporation of photo-voltaic cells, irrigation controls, and transit opportunities. The project was designed as the first LEED Silver-certified regional shopping center in the nation.