Friday, December 7, 2012

LA Ordinance Aims to Help Streamline Port Construction

The Port of Los Angeles says that a newly passed city ordinance is expected to streamline the permitting process for future port construction projects, allowing the port to move ahead on its five-year, $1.2 billion capital improvement plan.

The ordinance amends the city’s building code by streamlining it to provide a more efficient permitting process for maritime projects.

“Through the establishment of this project permitting agreement with the Department of Building and Safety, the port can now move forward in an expedited manner with projects that will increase cargo movement capacity and terminal efficiency while simultaneously reducing the environmental impacts of port operations to our surrounding communities,” Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino said.

The port’s capital improvement projects include spending $1.2 billion over the next five years to provide superior cargo terminals, rail and warehouse infrastructure to retain and attract top business tenants from around the world. The port is also spending a portion of its capital budget on community, recreational and educational projects.

L.A. City Councilman Ed Reyes, who earlier this year led a City Council policy discussion regarding the economic impact the Panama Canal expansion would have in Los Angeles, said that the ordinance was needed in part due to the Canal’s expansion, which he characterized as “an impending threat.”
“The Port of Los Angeles is one of our region’s greatest economic engines, so it was vital that our city family work in unison to streamline permitting operations for which the Harbor Department has unique expertise,” he said.