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Port of San Diego Held Its Second Integrated Master Plan Update Meeting at the National City Aquatic Center Last Week

May 17, 2017 03:17PM ● By Linda Heath

The Unified Port of San Diego Presented it’s Second in a Series of Meetings on its Master Plan Update:  One Bay, Rich Diversity

The Port conducted its 2nd is a series of Public Meetings to convey new and future Port Developments. The Workshop was held at the National City Aquatic Center and began with a brief history of the Port, a short talk about plans for the future, Guest then watched a video and then they broke for lunch to mingle with Port Officials share ideas.

The Port's mission is to Protect the Tidelands Trust resources by providing economic vitality and community benefit through a balanced approach to maritime industry, tourism, water and land recreation, environmental stewardship and public safety.

The meeting was well attended and the venue outside allowed guests to interact with Port Staff about each facet of the Master Plan and how each of the member Cities will be impacted.  There was a lovely refreshment area with sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, and sample-sized sweets.

The Port of San Diego has been conducting an Integrated Planning initiative that is often referred to as “the future of the Port.” The Port is more than halfway through the projected five-year planning process to update the Port Master Plan.

This agency-wide initiative will guide the future of approximately 6,000 acres of land and water within Port of San Diego jurisdiction along the San Diego Bay waterfront. Launched in 2013 by then-Chair Ann Moore, Integrated Planning will ensure a holistic, thoughtful, and balanced approach to future land and water uses for generations to come.

What is Integrated Planning?  The goal of the process is to set a "blueprint" for Baywide development, and designed for developers and other community members for a vision of how future projects will fulfill public goals.  It is a 5 years process of which the Port is halfway through. It began in 2013 and is anticipated completion of the Plan in 2018.

For more information, please review the attached Video and review the Gallery Photos for a glimpse of the Port's Master Integrated Planning.  

There is an upcoming Public meeting on Thursday May 25th 2017 at 11:00 am and will be held at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel, 1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego 92101

How can you become involved in the Process?
1. sign-up for updates from the Port
2. Attend or watch a Board meeting:
3. Attend a public workshop-stay tuned for announcements
4. Talk to the Port, call (619-686-6254
5. Fill out a comment card online or mail to:
              Tanya Castaneda
               Public Information Officer
               Port of San Diego
               3165 Pacific Highway
               San Diego, CA 92101   


The port was created in 1962 by the State Legislature.  It is owned by the Unified Port District.  It is Unified because it manages 6,000 acres, 1/2 land and 1/2 water and is comprised of 5 member cities; Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego/

It is a self-supporting Public Benefit Corporation and has an annual cargo tonnage of 2,873,613, annual container volume of 823,560 and passenger traffic of 250,000 persons.  It is governed by a seven member Board of Commissioners with one each from Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and three from San Diego which are appointed by the representative City Councils.
Robert "Dukie" Valderrama Chairman (National City)
Rafael Castellanos - Vice Chairman (San Diego)  
Garry J. Bonelli - Secretary (Coronado)
Ann Moore - Member (Chula Vista)
Dan Malcolm - Member (Imperial Beach)
Marshall Merrifield - Member (San Diego)

Stay tuned for the next installment of this article coming shortly!

Linda Heath, Senior Reporter Associate Editor,


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