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CA - Integrated Port Planning

Ann Moore, 2020 Port Chair of the Port of San Diego, California, highlights the new integrated port planning process adopted by the port and how this is progressively delivering greater benefits to all stakeholders.

In Southern California, the Port of San Diego oversees water and land development on a coastline with a rich history and heritage. The port grew rapidly during the heyday of the commercial fishing industry, and over time has evolved with the changing economy.

Once called the ‘Tuna Capital of the World,’ the port is now a maritime hub for bulk, breakbulk and automobile cargo – as well as a leading cruise destination and a sportfishing mecca.

The port’s 34 miles of coastal water and land spans the waterfront areas of five cities. This property has been developed gradually, site by site, since the early 20th Century. Today, the port’s infrastructure represents billions of dollars of public and private investment – from marine terminals to hotels and marinas, along with public parks, boat launches and fishing piers.

However, port management face the modern-day challenge of balancing the redevelopment of aging facilities and infrastructure in a new economy with the preservation and improvement of public access and natural resources by optimising a diverse portfolio of uses and benefits.

To address this dilemma, in 2013 the Port of San Diego made the decision to plan holistically – committing to a multi-year, iterative process informed by public input at every stage. The port’s integrated planning initiative is now in its eighth year and has been extremely successful, with the process followed instructively by other ports.

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