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Port of San Diego's Plan: 34 Miles To Redesign

Harbor Drive and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge are shown on April 28, 2020.
Zoë Meyers
Harbor Drive and the San Diego-Coronado Bridge are shown on April 28, 2020.
For the past seven years the Port of San Diego has been working on an update of its master plan to set the vision for future development along the 34 miles of waterfront from San Diego and Coronado south through Chula Vista, National City and Imperial Beach

The Port of San Diego oversees 34 miles of tidelands from San Diego to the border, including San Ysidro, Imperial Beach, Coronado, and National City.

The Port Master Plan has been under review for seven years and already received substantial public input. The latest draft is a response to outcry from the communities of Shelter Island and Coronado about the 2,310 new hotel rooms originally slated for those areas. This latest draft allows no new hotel rooms for the three communities.

The plan puts the redevelopment of Seaport Village on hold until the developers get an amendment to the plan. It also reverses direction on arcane but contentious issue of private piers, allowing four existing piers to stay, provided the California Coastal Commission approves.

The Port will work with SANDAG and CalTrans to reconfigure the southern end of Harbor Drive starting from National City and the 10th Ave. Marine Terminal to move big trucks to freeways, keeping them out of Barrio Logan.

Port of San Diego planning director Lesley Nishihira talked about the plan and the environmental review set for 2021. Public input will be accepted for this version through Tuesday, November 18.