The Port of Long Beach has embarked on a master planning review to comprehensively update the existing Port Master Plan, which guides development and land uses in one of the world’s leading seaports. The last comprehensive update was certified in 1990.
Port Master Plan Update and Program Environmental Impact Review
The Port of Long Beach is comprehensively updating its Port Master Plan.
The Master Plan covers a Harbor District of nearly 2,700 acres of land and more than 4,500 acres of water. The current Master Plan divides the Harbor District into 10 planning districts and identifies permitted land and water uses.
Port Master Plans are required by the California Coastal Act of 1976. They outline strategic goals, operational initiatives and environmental policies, and evaluate the consistency of future developments and land uses with those goals, initiatives and policies.
The Port Master Plan Update is needed to incorporate years of amendments, and consider changes in the global shipping industry, technological advances, and important factors such as climate change and energy resources consistent with Green Port Policy objectives. The Update will revise the guidelines for public access to the waterfront by reviewing the vision for development of future recreation areas and facilities.
The Update includes the following main tasks:
- Update the Master Plan and integrate previous amendments
- Integrate other Port of Long Beach initiatives, such as the Green Port Policy, into the Update
- Prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report for the Update in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act
- Gather and integrate public input into the planning and decision-making process
The Port recognizes that stakeholder engagement is an important element at the core of the Master Plan Update process. Reflecting a commitment to a transparent, comprehensive and inclusive planning process, the Port continues to provide opportunities for stakeholder feedback through a variety of activities. The following is a summary of stakeholder engagement activities that occurred in spring 2018.
Public Workshop #1. On April 4, 2018, the Port of Long Beach hosted the first of two public workshops for the Master Plan Update at the Homeland Cultural Center in Central Long Beach. The workshop was conducted as a “Let’s Talk Port” community forum meeting in conjunction with a regularly scheduled neighborhood association meeting. An estimated 90 members of the public attended the workshop which included an overview of the planning process and draft PMP Update goals. Through an interactive group discussion activity, workshop participants were asked to provide their feedback on the draft goals. A summary report is available for download below.
Focus Groups. In early May, the Port hosted a series of focus group meetings that brought together leaders in the community and industry partners to discuss potential issues and proposed recommendations for land use policy and planning. Each of the four sessions focused on a different topic. These topics were: Community, Environmental, Tenants and Users, and Operators. Over 40 community leaders, business experts, and industry veterans were engaged in discussions that led to valuable feedback and insights that will shape the policies and proposed developments in the Master Plan Update. A summary report is available for download below.
In addition to these outreach activities, the Port has met with various industry partners, community groups, and stakeholders over the past several months to build awareness about the Master Plan Update process and to receive feedback. As a result of these stakeholder engagements, some major feedback themes have emerged from various discussions. These themes include:
- An emphasis on Port-related workforce development and job training opportunities
- A need for greater community outreach and partnerships to increase understanding of port operations
- Desire for improved accessibility to the Port’s educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities
- Concerns regarding traffic, security and safety, and environmental issues including air quality
- Support for enhanced coordination between the Port and other government agencies
With the feedback collected, the Port has begun refining the draft goals and objectives. As drafting of the Update continues, the Port will consider the major feedback themes in relation to policies for terminal operations, intermodal rail, navigation, environment and sustainability, climate change adaptation, transportation and circulation, and recreation and public access. Proposed land use designations and anticipated developments will support the overall goals and policies.
Port staff will provide a report on stakeholder engagement activities to the Board of Harbor Commissioners at its regularly scheduled meeting on July 9, 2018, at 6 p.m.
Photo caption: Workshop participants took part in a “card storming” activity to draw out the major themes relating to the goals of the Master Plan Update.
|Port Master Plan Update |
|Public Workshop #1 ||April 4, 2018 |
|Public Workshop #2 ||Oct. 24, 2018 |
|Public Hearing ||Spring 2019 |
|Program Environmental Impact Report |
|Draft EIR Scoping Meeting ||Aug. 30, 2018 |
|Draft EIR Public Hearing ||Spring 2019 |
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