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.