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Port of SD issues RFP for Development of Pond 20 Wetlands

Oct 10, 2015 01:02AM ● By Paul Spear
The Port of San Diego has issued a RFP for the Development of Pond 20 Wetlands 
 Migration Bank that boarders Imperial Beach.

Port Issues RFP for Pond 20 Wetlands Mitigation Bank

Contact: Marketing & Communications (619) 686-6388 - Published on October 07 2015.

The Port of San Diego has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking qualified Consultants and/or Developers to establish and operate a wetlands mitigation bank on Pond 20. The 84-acre site specified in the RFP is located in South San Diego at the gateway to Imperial Beach on Palm Avenue. 

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The RFP seeks responses from 1) consultants to provide key industry knowledge, expertise and guidance for each step in the mitigation bank development process; and 2) developers to assume responsibility for the ecological and financial success of the mitigation bank. Respondents must submit proposals as either consultant or developer and may register on the Port’s Planet Bids site for more information. The full Notice Inviting Response to Request for Proposals can be downloaded here: icon Notice Inviting Responses 15-35 (138.13 kB)

In its entirety, Pond 20 includes 95 acres of land, of which 84 have been designated for mitigation banking. In July 2015, the Board of Port Commissioners approved a plan for Pond 20 that will benefit Imperial Beach, the City of San Diego, and our entire region. The long-term plan calls for:

  • An 84 acre parcel in the center of the site is designated for mitigation banking as specified in the issued RFP.
  • A 3.1-acre parcel on the western edge of Pond 20 is designated commercial to complement the new Bikeway Village.
  • A 7.9-acre parcel on the eastern edge is designated for low-intensity commercial development.

Development of the additional parcels will take place at a later date.

The mitigation bank is expected to produce revenue based on the success of other nearby projects of similar size and scope. Net proceeds, after Port costs and expenses, will go into a Pond 20 Economic Development Fund to be spent within the cities of Imperial Beach and the City of San Diego, Council District 8.

Questions regarding the Pond 20 Mitigation Bank RFP must be submitted via the online system no later than October 19, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. and proposals must be received no later than November 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.


Paul Spear, Editor



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