Friday, October 10, 2008

Re-Thinking the Port

Community Meeting Tuesday to Push for ‘Sustainable Waterfront Plan’

Grassroots community leaders are holding a public meeting Tuesday to promote an alternative vision for the San Pedro waterfront.

The “sustainable waterfront plan” is the brainchild of local and state environmentalists, civic activists and business leaders. It was authored by individuals associated with the Coastal and Central San Pedro neighborhood councils, Sierra Club, California Coastal Conservancy, San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, downtown and Ports O’ Call businesses and the American Institute of Architects, among others.

The plan will be presented at a community meeting on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Port of Los Angeles High School, 250 W. Fifth St.

It is centered around seven principles:

  • All cruise ship berths to be in the north harbor near downtown
  • Provide linkages to downtown and community
  • Provide links to and protection of existing open space
  • Expand salt water marsh habitat
  • Develop Ports O’ Call
  • Create diversity of parking options
  • Create a plan that reflects the port’s sustainability goals

The plan is an alternative to the official proposals the port has released in the draft environmental impact report of waterfront redevelopment.

The port will hold a public hearing on Oct. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The project’s web page includes the report and instructions for submitting written comment.

For an in-depth story on the “sustainable waterfront plan,” see the Coastal council newsletter. An enlarged graphic of the plan is posted on the council’s website.

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