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Port Master Plan Update

What is the Port Master Plan?

The Port Master Plan serves as a long-range plan to establish policies and guidelines for future development within the coastal zone boundary of the Port of Los Angeles. A Port Master Plan is required through the legislation of the California Coastal Act of 1976 and should respond to the demands of foreign and domestic waterborne commerce, navigation, and fisheries in the national, state, and local communities.

Why does it need to be updated?

The original Port Master Plan was first approved and certified by the Los Angeles Harbor Commission in 1980. Since then, there have been twenty amendments. Updating the Port Master Plan will allow for a more manageable and concise document that reflects all recent land use planning and projects, replacing outdated language, and providing an easy to understand specific land use plan.


The Port Master Plan Update

The Port of Los Angeles Master Plan Update consists of reorganization and revisions to the goals and policies guiding coastal permitting, permitting guidelines and procedures, and the land use plan.

General Timeline

• July 19, 2012 – Public Workshop #1
Click here to view the public workshop #1 presentation.

• October 25, 2012 – Public Workshop #2
Click here to view the public workshop #2 presentation.

• February 21, 2013 – Release of Draft Port Master Plan and Draft Programmatic EIR

• March 13, 2013 – Public Meeting on Draft Programmatic EIR

• April 4, 2013 – Public Hearing on Draft Port Master Plan

• August 8, 2013 – Board of Harbor Commissioners approve Draft Port Master Plan
Click here to view the agenda.

• February 6, 2014 - Board of Harbor Commissioners consider Port Master Plan Addendum

• 2013 – California Coastal Commission action

Public Workshops

Community involvement is a major part of updating the Master Plan and we encourage all stakeholders and interested people to join us in creating a Master Plan that everyone can support and advocate.

On July 19, 2012 and October 25, 2012, the Port held public workshops for the Master Plan Update at Banning’s Landing Community Center.

More than 80 people attended in total. During the workshops, the Port received comments on a variety of issues that were of concern including land use designations, preservation of historic resources, implementation of environmental conservation efforts, allowance and accommodation for diverse cargo, and integration of recreational areas for the San Pedro and Wilmington communities.

Click here to view the July 2012 workshop presentation.

Click here to view the October 2012 workshop presentation.

Release of Draft Documents

On February 21, 2013, the Port released a Draft Port Master Plan and Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). The release of the draft documents initiate a public review period that ends on April 8, 2013.

Public comment for the Draft Port Master Plan and Draft PEIR were received electronically, in written letters, in public hearings, and in comment cards for public hearings. On March 13, 2013, a public meeting was held on the Draft PEIR. On April 4, 2013, a public hearing was held on the Draft PMP during a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Harbor Commissioners.

Click here for Draft Port Master Plan

Click here for Draft Program Environmental Impact Report

Approval by Board of Harbor Commissioners

On August 8, 2013 approved the Port Master Plan and its supporting Final PEIR. Both documents included responses to comments received during the public comment period. On March 12, 2014, the California Coastal Commission certified the updated Port of Los Angeles Master Plan.

Click here for press release
Click here for Port Master Plan (revised)
Click here for Responses to Comments to Plan
Click here for Final Program Environmental Impact Report

Port Master Plan Addendum

On November 21, 2013, the Board of Harbor Commissioners will reopen the public hearing on the Port Master Plan Update to consider an Addendum. The addendum consists of receipt, consideration of, and response to late California Coastal Commission comments as follows:

  • A summary of the Port’s existing mitigation bank used to mitigate the loss of marine habitat due to port projects
  • Revised land use maps that clarify the location of proposed cut and fill projects
  • Text that explains that federal land is exempt from the Port Master Plan
  • Revisions to the Implementation Guidelines that correct regulations cited from the Coastal Act, clarify Coastal Development Permit processing, and increase notification requirements for tenants acting in emergency situations

    Click here for the addendum

    Project Documents


    Get Involved and Stay Informed!

    For all other questions and comments, please contact:
    Port of Los Angeles
    Planning and Economic Development Division

    Michael Cham
    425 South Palos Verdes Street
    San Pedro, CA 90733
    (310) 732-3850



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