Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New San Diego Port Chair Outlines Agenda

Land-use attorney Ann Moore, who represents the city of Chula Vista on the San Diego Board of Port Commissioners, has been sworn in as Chair of the Board of Port Commissioners for 2013.

The swearing-in took place Jan. 8 at a luncheon event at the Kona Kai Resort, Spa & Marina in San Diego. Along with Moore, Commissioner Bob Nelson, one of three San Diego representatives on the seven-member board, was sworn in as Vice Chair. Commissioner Dan Malcolm, who represents Imperial Beach, was sworn in as Secretary.

Moore said that her theme for 2013 is “A Port for All,” which she said encompasses both integrated planning – a philosophy that approaches planning in context with surrounding areas – and inclusive decision making with stakeholder participation.

The port will undertake several integrated planning initiatives this year, Moore said, including a deepwater berthing study of the port’s maritime assets.

“Integrated planning will be an important focus this year,” Moore said. “To me, that means making decisions in context. It means looking beyond our boundaries and seeing how our activities fit in the bigger picture.”

In the speech, Moore presented to the audience of elected officials, business leaders and stakeholders a video presentation titled “The Synergy of San Diego Bay,” showcasing the integrated planning concept, using the metaphor of a jigsaw puzzle to show how various activities fit together.

Moore’s speech focused in large part on the 500-acre Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, a land-use proposal that was approved by the California Coastal Commission in August 2012. This year, the port plans to showcase the plan to financiers and developers.

“The Chula Vista Bayfront is a true diamond in the rough. It’s the largest undeveloped waterfront parcel on the West Coast,” Moore said.

The planning process for Chula Vista will serve as a model going forward as the port makes plans for other areas, Moore said.