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Port District Draft Master Plan Open For Comments Until July 31

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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2019 3:44 pm

On June 27, the Port District held an outreach meeting at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor’s Center. A brief presentation about the Port’s goals and and uses of its land was heard by about 50 attendees. Outside on the patio a number of maps of areas overseen by the Port were displayed as well as drafts of the master plan.

The last master plan was adopted in 1972, was certified by the Coastal Commission in 1981 and since then, there have been 40 amendments to the document. The process for the current draft of the new master plan was initiated in 2013, followed by a framework in 2014-2015 now followed by the discussion draft. The goal of the draft is to serve as a blueprint to guide and manage uses and to carry forward the Port’s goals, explained Lesley Nishihira planning director. The area overseen by the port includes the Pacific Ocean shoreline along the city, the municipal pier, Dunes Park, and state-granted Pacific Ocean tidelands and submerged lands.

After this 90 day period, which ends on July 31, the team working on the draft will update the document to be presented to the board. An environmental impact report draft will follow in the spring of 2020 after which a CEQA study will start.

For Imperial Beach, the Port’s goals include expanded opportunities for the pier with potential commercial and recreational facilities on or adjacent to the pier; the possible redevelopment of Palm Avenue and Elkwood Avenue parking lots with commercial recreation uses; a remodel of the Pier Plaza building, an improvement of the western end of the pier, expansion of the pier; bicycle parking at the pier and plaza area; and maintenance of the amenities already existing at Dunes Park. The Port plans to coordinate with the city on the issues of cross border pollution, beach safety and management, ocean access and use, emergency services, lifeguard services and emergency vehicles access at Elder Avenue.

The pier is considered a key amenity and its uses can be expanded to additional commercial recreational facilities on or adjacent to the pier. Sand replenishment and restoration projects could take place in conjunction with other jurisdictions. The port oversees 404.1 acres between the open bay/ocean, recreation, open space and roadway.

The draft is available for review until July 31, 2019. Written comments can be submitted to and must be received by July 31, 2019.

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