The 2019 Smart City Blueprint Award Winner
Chula Vista is the second-largest city in San Diego County, with a population of 268,000. The city’s 52 square miles are filled with a coastal landscape, canyons, rolling hills, mountains, parks, miles of trails, and an award-winning Smart City Strategic Action Plan.
Rather than buy every gizmo and gadget that came knocking on their door, the City of Chula Vista developed their Smart City Strategic Action Plan to identify areas of opportunity, prioritize desired outcomes, and anticipate and mitigate risks.
Launched in 2017, this smart city plan is loaded with innovative and sustainable projects that enhance quality of life. These projects and goals were developed based on an extensive series of interviews with city staff and community stakeholders as well as an in informal public opinion survey.
Here are some of our favorite smart city initiatives from the City of Chula Vista:
• Goal: Support transparency and civic engagement by increasing public access to city data
• Initiative: Develop a city-wide set of policies, processes, and technologies for managing and sharing city data
• Launched in 2018
Adaptive Traffic Signals
• Goal: Reduce travel times, improve safety, and reduce emissions attributable to vehicles idling at red lights
• Initiative: Upgraded adaptive traffic signal controllers that can automatically adjust the duration of green and red light cycles based on real-time traffic patterns
• Launched in 2018
• Goal: Improve environmental sustainability and reduce unnecessary spending on water
• Initiative: Weather-based irrigation controls that activate sprinklers only when soil is dry
• Launched in 2017
• Goal: Use emerging drone technology to enhance public safety
• Initiative: Participate in FAA program to test the use of drones to respond to emergencies
• Launched in 2017
• Goal: Develop skills in science, technology, engineering, art and math for local students
• Initiative: A hands-on experience with robotics, coding, and more for sixth-grade students at the library
• Launched in 2016
To learn even more about what Chula Vista is up to, Visit ChulaVistaCA.gov/SmartCity
MISAC recently co-sponsored City Launch 2019, a three-day conference presented by Connected Communities Collaborative. The conference, held in San Diego, focused on “Smart Communities.” Greg Duecker, Director of Administration, Western Municipal Water District (WMWD) in Riverside California attended the conference representing MISAC and he filed the report below upon his return. Opinions in this piece are his own, and may not reflect those of WMWD. Read Greg Duecker’s Report >>
This year’s Smart City Blueprint award winner was the City of Chula Vista, California. Chula Vista is the second-largest city in San Diego County, with a population of 268,000. The city’s 52 square miles are filled with a coastal landscape, canyons, rolling hills, mountains, parks, miles of trails, and an award-winning Smart City Strategic Action Plan. Read More >>
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