Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Draft POLA Master Plan Released

Long-range development goals such as optimizing land use and increasing cargo terminal efficiency are essential for guiding the Port of Los Angeles’ future development and expansion, according to a newly-released draft version of the port’s latest Master Plan.

The document, which was publicly unveiled Feb. 22, serves as a long-range plan to establish policies and guidelines for future development within the port’s coastal zone boundary. It combines the original 1980 Port Master Plan and its subsequent amendments into an updated, more concise document.

Among the things it does is reflect recent land use planning and projects, replace outdated language and provide an easy to understand, specific land use plan.

Five general planning goals are established in the plan, with the port saying the generality is necessary to maintain flexibility and to allow the port to respond to immediate and short-term requirements dictated by trends.

In addition to optimizing land use and increasing terminal efficiency, the plan’s other general goals are to accommodate diverse cargoes, increase public awareness on the waterfront and protect historic resources.

Along with the five goals, the draft plan also maps out factors affecting demand for port development, planning areas, development guidelines, coastal development policies and risk management.

The document has been opened for a public review period and can be seen online at http://portoflosangeles.org/planning/pmp/PMP_Draft_2-20-13.pdf.

The port is expected to hold a public hearing on the plan at 8:30 am Thurs., April 4 at Banning’s Landing Community Center, 100 E. Water Street in Wilmington. After the public comment period, a final version of the plan is expected to be considered for approval by the Harbor Commission and California Coastal Commission later this year.

Questions regarding the plan can be directed to the port’s Planning and Economic Development Division at (310) 732-3850.