This morning the California Coastal Commission approved the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan (NEVP) phase one coastal development permit (CDP). It did so after they were apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the port and the Navy Broadway Complex Coalition (NBCC), and assurances by Cory Briggs, the NBCC attorney, that if the port doesn’t live up to all the provisions of that MOU, it would be sued by his clients.

Several commissioners asked why the port had not completed a Port Master Plan amendment prior to bringing the phase one CDP to the commission, since commission staff noted that the CDP is inconsistent with the approved Port Master Plan (PMP).

Port representatives said they brought this CDP to the commission now because the Port Master Plan Amendment (PMPA) planning and environmental impact review (EIR) process initiated last November won’t be completed in time to bring the PMPA to the commission for review and approval before 2013.

They also told commission staff that there are concerns that funding already earmarked for the project by the Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) and the San Diego city council was in jeopardy due to the governor’s proposal to eliminate local redevelopment agencies.

After listening to all parties, the commission voted 8-1 to reject the appeals and approve the CDP. Shaun Sumner of the port staff told the commission that with CDP approval, the port plans to break ground on phase one by November or December of this year.

The port has convened a North Embarcadero PMPA EIR Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) which met on March 16 and March 30, and will meet again tomorrow evening (April 14) at 6 p.m. at the port’s Embarcadero Planning Center, formerly the old Coral Reef restaurant building at 585 Harbor Lane, just south of the G Street Mole. The new Citizens Advisory Committee will meet through next summer, reviewing proposed changes to the PMP, and the port’s proposals to fully mitigate the impacts of those changes to public access to the downtown waterfront. The public is welcome to attend all CAC meetings.

Catch up on previous posts here.

In addition to his other affiliations, Don Wood is a member of the Navy Broadway Complex Coalition, an alliance of local civic organizations dedicated to preserving and enhancing public access to downtown San Diego’s waterfront, which is currently involved in ongoing litigation with the port over its alleged failure to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act when it approved the proposal to build the new permanent cruise ship terminal structure on the Broadway Pier.

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