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Integrated Planning - Port Master Plan Update




aerial graphic representation of the San Diego Bay

The Future of the Port

The Port of San Diego has been conducting a comprehensive and inclusive Integrated Planning initiative that spans 6,000 acres of water and land and is often referred to as “the future of the Port.” This blueprint for baywide development will create certainty for developers and community members by codifying a vision for how future projects will fulfill public goals. The Port continues to make progress on the five-phase planning process, which culminates with an update to the Port Master Plan. An updated Master Plan supports the Port's mission: to develop the bay "for multiple purposes uses for the benefit of the people." (Port Act.)

On April 25, 2019, the Port released a Discussion Draft of the Port Master Plan Update for a 90-day public review period ending on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. The Discussion Draft is available for review below and will be presented to the Board of Port Commissioners at a special meeting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Hard copies of the Discussion Draft are also available at the District Clerk's Office located at 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101. Comments on the Discussion Draft will only be accepted in writing and should be submitted to or mailed to the Port of San Diego, Attn: Planning Department, 3165 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA, 92101.

REVIEW THE PORT Master Plan Update Discussion Draft

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Launched in 2013 by then-Chair Ann Moore, Integrated Planning will ensure a holistic, thoughtful, and balanced approach to future water and land uses for generations to come.

Port Master Plan Update Goals

  • Balance the needs of development with those of valuable natural resources.
  • Prioritize key planning features and clearly define land and water use guidelines for development, with enough built-in flexibility to be able to quickly adjust to market demands.
  • Protect opportunities for public access and parks on the waterfront for all Californians and visitors to enjoy.
  • Streamline the permitting process for developers, investors, and Port staff to more effectively and efficiently process projects.

Award-Winning Outreach

Recent awards for this initiative include:

The Integrated Planning process is tailored for the unique needs of the Port. It begins by understanding both maritime and non-maritime uses on San Diego Bay, then looks inland to examine how the Port, San Diego Bay and the tidelands affect the entire region, including critical upland links.

This planning process is based on comprehensive analysis and investigation, all informed by extensive public outreach, including over 100 interviews with stakeholders and agencies, public workshops and Board meetings.

The Port completed the visioning phase of the Integrated Planning process with a Framework Report accepted by the Board in November 2015. Currently, the Port of San Diego is using that framework to update its Port Master Plan. A Port Master Plan serves as a blueprint for future development and is similar to what is known as a General Plan in a city or county.

Timeline of Integrated Planning - Port Master Plan Update


Integrated Planning process begins with extensive public outreach, including more than 100 interviews with stakeholders and agencies, public workshops and Board of Port Commissioners meetings. HKS Urban Design Studio/Randy Morton is hired to lead Phase 1.


Vision Statement and Guiding Principles are accepted by the Board of Port Commissioners.


Framework Report is accepted by the Board in November 2015, concluding the visioning phase.


Initiation of Port Master Plan Update and scenario planning. Port staff begin working with the architectural firm, AECOM, to produce a draft updated Port Master Plan document.

  • 1/10/2017: PMPU Progress Report to Board
  • 3/9/2017: PMPU Public Board Workshop #1
  • 3/23/17: Public Open House #1 to learn about and discuss the PMPU
  • 4/12/17: PMPU EIR Scoping Meeting
  • 4/27/17: PMPU Public Board Workshop #2
  • 5/11/17: Public Open House #2 to learn about and discuss the PMPU
  • 5/25/17: PMPU Public Board Workshop #3
  • 7/11/17: PMPU Presentation to the Board
  • 8/8/17: PMPU Public Board Workshop #4
  • 8/10/17: Public Open House #3 - recap of 8/8/17 Board Workshop
  • 10/12/17: 2017 Silver Bernays Award of Excellence – Community Relations (Port of San Diego/Nuffer Smith Tucker), Public Relations Society of America
  • 11/14/17: PMPU Public Board Workshop #5
  • 11/15/17: Public Open House #4 - recap of 11/14/17 Board Workshop
  • 12/5/17: PMPU Public Board Workshop #6
  • 12/12/17: PMPU Public Board Workshop #7
  • 3/28/18: PMPU Public Board Workshop #8
  • 7/17/18: PMPU Public Board Workshop #9
  • 8/14/18: PMPUPublic Board Presentation and Discussion
  • 11/1/18: PMPU Public Board special meeting - Environmental Justice Policy Considerations
  • 12/13/18: Port Seeks Input on Embarcadero Planning District Via Online Survey
  • 12/18/18: PMPU Public Board Presentation and Discussion
  • 1/30/19: Public Open House #5 - Embarcadero Planning District
  • 2/12/19: PMPU Board Workshop #10
  • 2/25/19: PMPU Board Workshop #11
  • 3/14/19: PMPU Board Workshop #12
  • 4/25/19: PMPU Discussion Draft released for 90-day public review period
  • 4/30/19: PMPU Board Workshop #13