One of the goals of a new Port of Los Angeles draft plan would increase public access to the waterfront in some areas, as well as allow for visitor-serving facilities, including retail restaurants, museums and parks serving public access areas.
The Draft Port Master Plan replaces the original, which was issued in 1980, and has been released for public review and comment through April 8.
The 47 marinas in Los Angeles County are “sufficient to meet regional demand,” but the project would provide for enhancements to the East Basin Marina, including new slips, the plan says.
Waterfront access is planned for the San Pedro and Wilmington communities. The Wilmington Waterfront Project provides pedestrian connectivity between the waterfront and the recently completed Wilmington Waterfront Park. It also includes commercial and light industrial development opportunity sites outside the coastal zone.
Located in San Pedro Bay, 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, the port encompasses 7,500 acres and 43 miles of waterfront and features 25 cargo terminals, including passenger, container, breakbulk, dry and liquid bulk and automobile terminals.
Additionally, the port is home to a variety of uses, including commercial fishing, ship repair facilities, commercial retail, open space and cultural destinations.
The port is governed by a five-member Board of Harbor Commissioners, whose members are appointed by the mayor and approved by the Los Angeles City Council. A self-supporting department of the city, the Port Harbor Department does not receive taxpayer dollars. The port derives its fees from shipping and other services and is considered a landlord port, leasing property to tenants that operate their own facilities.
The Draft Port Master Plan establishes policies and guidelines to direct the future development of the port.
“This updated plan is designed to better promote and safely accommodate foreign and domestic waterborne commerce, navigation and fisheries in the national, state and local public interests,” the plan states. “The plan also provides for public recreation facilities and visitor serving areas to facilitate public access to the waterfront and better integrate the port with the surrounding community.”