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Master Plan / Port Master Plan Update

The Port of Long Beach has embarked on a master planning review to comprehensively update the existing Port Master Plan, which guides development and land uses in one of the world’s leading seaports. The last comprehensive update was certified in 1990.


Port Master Plan Update and Program Environmental Impact Review

The Port of Long Beach is comprehensively updating its Port Master Plan.

The Master Plan covers a Harbor District of nearly 2,700 acres of land and more than 4,500 acres of water. The current Master Plan divides the Harbor District into 10 planning districts and identifies permitted land and water uses.

Port Master Plans are required by the California Coastal Act of 1976. They outline strategic goals, operational initiatives and environmental policies, and evaluate the consistency of future developments and land uses with those goals, initiatives and policies.

The Port Master Plan Update is needed to incorporate years of amendments, and consider changes in the global shipping industry, technological advances, and important factors such as climate change and energy resources consistent with Green Port Policy objectives. The Update will revise the guidelines for public access to the waterfront by reviewing the vision for development of future recreation areas and facilities.

The Update includes the following main tasks:

  • Update the Master Plan and integrate previous amendments
  • Integrate other Port of Long Beach initiatives, such as the Green Port Policy, into the Update
  • Prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report for the Update in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act
  • Gather and integrate public input into the planning and decision-making process

Harbor District map

Public Involvement

As part of the Update, the Port of Long Beach will provide opportunities for public feedback. Public workshops offer all stakeholders an opportunity to learn about the Master Plan Update, dialogue one‐on‐one with project team members, and provide feedback throughout the planning process.

Public Workshop #1

On April 4, 2018, the Port of Long Beach hosted the first of two public workshops for the Master Plan Update at the Homeland Cultural Center in Central Long Beach. The workshop was conducted as a “Let’s Talk Port” community forum meeting in conjunction with a regularly scheduled neighborhood association meeting. An estimated 90 members of the public attended the workshop which included an overview of the planning process and draft PMP Update goals. Through an interactive group discussion activity, workshop participants were asked to provide their feedback on the draft goals.

Major themes that resulted from those discussions included: an interest in Port-related job training opportunities; the need for greater community awareness and educational programs to increase the community’s understanding of port operations; a desire for improved accessibility to the port and community serving recreational facilities; and concerns regarding traffic, safety and environmental issues including air quality. These topics will be addressed in the drafting of goals and policies for the Master Plan Update.


Card storming at workshop

Photo caption: Workshop participants took part in a “card storming” activity to draw out the major themes relating to the goals of the Master Plan Update.


Master Plan Update Fact Sheet
Master Plan Update Fact Sheet -- Español

Master Plan Update Schedule

Public Workshop #1 April 4, 2018
Public Workshop #2 Fall 2018
Public Hearing Winter 2019
Program Environmental Impact Report
Draft EIR Scoping Meeting Summer 2018
Draft EIR Public Hearing Winter 2019

View the 1990 Port Master Plan Update here.

For more information on the Port of Long Beach, visit the FAQ page.


Email Updates

For news and notices of community meetings on the Port Master Plan Update, go to www.polb.com/subscribe and choose the Port Master Plan Update list when you sign up.




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