The Los Angeles Board of Harbour Commissioners has endorsed a new Port Master Plan - the first comprehensive update of the facility's development policies and procedures since its original plan took effect more than three decades ago, according to the Shipping Gazette.
The new plan incorporates previous amendments and anticipated future changes to the use of property within the coastal zone managed by the port. It promotes orderly development consistent with the Port's long-term goals of making the best use of its land and water resources, increasing terminal efficiency, accommodating diverse cargoes, increasing public access to the waterfront, enhancing recreational uses, and, when possible, preserving the port's heritage through adaptive re-use of historic buildings and sites.
"The updated Port Master Plan is a new roadmap for a new era," said Harbour Commission president Cindy Miscikowski. "It ensures the most efficient, beneficial and responsible use of this vital asset for our city and our nation."
"We are thrilled that the Master Plan update provides a path to preservation for the reuse of underutilised and vacant historic buildings on Terminal Island," said Los Angeles Conservancy executive director Linda Dishman.
"Those buildings tell the stories of the people that worked in the canneries and shipyards and lived in the Japanese fishing village. These are important stories for all of Los Angeles," she said.
The development process for the updated Port Master Plan began more than 18 months ago with input from industry, tenants, labour, governmental agencies, the community and other stakeholders. Like its predecessor, the new plan is subject to certification by the California Coastal Commission.
As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the port generates more than 830,000 regional jobs and US$35 billion in annual wages and tax revenues.