The plan promotes development while making the best use of the port’s land and water resources, increasing terminal efficiency, accommodating diverse cargoes and increasing public access to the waterfront to preserve the Port’s heritage.
“This comprehensive update reflects our evolution, growth and priorities going forward,” said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz. “For example, the updated plan preserves the fishing community at Fish Harbor while ensuring Terminal Island is primarily designated for cargo handling and related uses.”
“The updated Port Master Plan is a new roadmap for a new era. It ensures the most efficient, beneficial and responsible use of this vital asset for our city and our nation,” added Harbor Commission President Cindy Miscikowski.
The plan sets out development policies for the port to promote commerce, navigation, fisheries, recreation and environmental protection and provides for it to adapt to changing technology, cargo trends, regulations and competition from other US and foreign seaports.
In accordance with applicable laws, the plan includes a reduction in the number of planning areas from nine to five, clarifies the planning process and simplifies the process for issuing coastal permits.
The development process for the updated Port Master Plan began more than 18 months ago with input from industry, tenants, labour, governmental agencies, the community and other stakeholders. Like its predecessor, the new plan is subject to certification by the California Coastal Commission.