About Project Green Light

Advocacy in action. This is a collaborative, member-driven effort to get development projects approved regionally and to get our members back to work!

Project Green Light (PGL) is by far the best way to meet and get to know a builder/developer at a time when they need you the most.   PGL allows BIA members the opportunity to help not only our industry as a whole, but also those projects that will provide a continued supply of jobs and much needed housing.

PGL is a simple concept. BIA Builder/Developer members who need support when seeking government approvals at Planning Commission or City Council look to other BIA members who can attend those local review meetings in person or even just write letters.  Whether you stand up and speak or just be a supporter in the audience, every single person who attends and make a big difference.

The Builder/Developer typically holds a pre-meeting at the BIA office with members of their team attending to explain the project and answer questions. This is a unique opportunity to have a very intimate face time with the builder/developer team.

Approved projects could represent your next business opportunity or establish a relationship for their next project. Don’t wait because we have 2-3 PGLs that are coming up quickly.  Sign up today. We will ask for your basic contact information including the City/Zip Code of where you live.  It makes a huge difference if you are representing the voting population in that particular jurisdiction.

By signing up for PGL you will be notified of new projects.
Please also review the list of projects below and RSVP directly to the contact for project(s) you will support.

Current Projects

In the last several years, Project Green Light has proved to be immensely impactful. In fact, Project Green Light has been instrumental in getting over 4,200 units through the approval process and given the official go ahead to proceed.  Project Green Light will continue its success in 2019, helping achieve approval for the below projects that need your support.  Please RSVP to the designated contact person for each project if you are wanting to help.

Cisterra Development – The Preserve

This project was approved by the San Diego City Council on August 5, 2019, however, an opposition group is now pushing Councilmembers to reconsider approval of the project at a second reading hearing on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 scheduled for 10:00am.  If you are able to attend the hearing to show your support for the project, please RSVP to Courtney Pittam 805-801-9106. Additionally, you are encouraged to wear light blue to show your support.

In line with decades worth of planning for the Torrey Highlands and Rancho Peñasquitos communities, The Preserve is a Class A employment center designed to protect natural resources, benefit the community and strengthen the region’s future economic growth. The Preserve is proposed by Cisterra Development for an approximate 11-acre parcel that is located south of Highway 56 and east, outside of the Del Mar Mesa Preserve. It will be directly walkable across the signalized intersection on Camino del Sur from the approved and soon to be under construction mixed use project, Merge 56. The Preserve will:


  • Creates 2,311 permanent, high-quality and family wage jobs
  • Attracts top tier innovation companies for Highway 56 tech cluster and employment corridor
  • Creates Class A employment center to serve local residents and support City of Villages strategy


  • Creates animal-friendly barriers to protect natural resources and minimize visual impacts
  • Uses non-invasive, native plant species and drought tolerant landscaping
  • Incorporates bird-friendly building design and materials
  • Restores separate, previously disturbed land on the Del Mar Mesa Preserve


  • Generates $6.6 million for completion of critical Camino del Sur road connection and other public facility improvements
  • Creates new emergency evacuation route for thousands of existing residents
  • Improves daily freeway access for neighboring communities


  • Pursues LEED-Gold standard with exemplary sustainable development standards
  • Includes extensive solar panel parking covers and electric vehicle charging stations
  • Encourages carpooling and fuel-efficient vehicle usage with priority parking program
  • Creates direct connections to existing biking and walking trail systems

Jackson Pendo Adara Project

The project was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

Please contact Pat Batten, 858-541-7800 to RSVP or for more information.

Adara at Otay Ranch, a planned active lifestyle community, will stay true to the 1993 Otay Ranch Master Plan’s original vision, and yet is updated for today’s modern lifestyle.

Adara at Otay Ranch will feature a number of benefits for residents and the surrounding community including:
• Wide-range of housing options
• 780 acres of permanent Otay Ranch preserve
• A 4.5-mile Proctor Valley path plus trails
• Four public parks
• Elementary school site
• County fire station and sheriff’s storefront
• Neighborhood convenience center
• Environmentally sustainable features
• Over $4 million in fees for road improvements
• Proctor Valley improved with one lane in each direction and five traffic-calming roundabouts

Highland/Silvergate Development – Bonita Glen Apartments

This project was approved by the Chula Vista City Council on Tuesday, June 4th with support from BIA volunteers!


Bonita Glen Apartments will feature 170 modern homes, ranging from studios to one- and two-bedroom units. Built in the California/Baja Resort Style of architecture, the project complements the surrounding neighborhood and transforms an empty and neglected lot into an attractive addition to the community.  When completed, the site will include a privately maintained park and trails that will be open to the public, as well as a sidewalk and improved lighting along Bonita Glen Road. For residents, the development will incorporate a host of amenities, including a clubhouse, pool/spa, exercise room, dog run, tot lot, BBQ area, and off-street parking.  Click here for more information.

Integral Communities North River Farms 

Following nearly four years of planning, the Oceanside City Council was scheduled to vote on this unique project at its May 22nd meeting but has been postponed.  The project will be rescheduled for consideration by the City Council in the near future. It will need industry support to be approved and reach its potential. If you would like to support the project, please RSVP to Darlene Rood.

Ideally located on 177 acres in Oceanside, North River Farms will be Southern California’s first full commitment to create an agrihood based on the award winning principles sweeping the nation.

The project encompasses 656 residential units, a boutique hotel, 31 acres of active community farming, learning center, farmers market, amphitheater,  river front trails and other exciting features that define this unique community.

Planned and developed by Integral Communities, the residential units will be constructed by a leading builder. This an opportunity for our industry to be involved in something special, something of notoriety that we can all be proud of.

Newland Sierra Project

This project was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 but is now facing lawsuits. Please contact  Linda Bailey to see how you can support and for more information at 760-445-1323 or via email at

About the Project: Featuring seven separate and distinct neighborhoods, Newland Sierra will be San Diego County’s first carbon neutral community, and will be surrounded by one of the largest privately created open-space preserves in North San Diego County, with miles of scenic multi-use trails.

Residents who live here will enjoy thoughtfully created amenities, designed with their needs in mind, serving all ages and interests. The plan highlights diverse home types and styles, including those designed for active adult buyers. All will feature an architectural character that maximizes the natural resources of the site, celebrates indoor/outdoor living opportunities, and embraces North County’s unique character.

The community plans to feature a retail center offering a wide variety of services, as well as easy access to the I-15 corridor and regional services such as hospital care, higher education, and shopping.

Through a variety of ways, the community also plans to promote sustainability, and provide the latest in green technology.

Site Plan – Schmidt – Exhibit – Specific Plan FINAL over aerial – Newland

Note: Project Green Light is a member volunteer effort. BIA works exclusively on broad policy issues affecting the building industry and does not advocate for specific projects.