California Centers

SEP 2018

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14 California Centers Magazine | September 2018 C C A beachside surf shop or seafood restaurant overlooking the bay may sound idyllic, but the phrase "waterfront development" has been known to make more than a few developers' eyes twitch — particular- ly in California. "Waterfront development is in the coastal zone, which means the de- velopment will be regulated under the California Coastal Act," explains Stanley W. Lamport, a partner in Cox, Castle & Nicholson's Los Angeles of- fice. "In most of the state, coastal per- mitting starts with the city or county. Most jurisdictions have adopted, and the California Coastal Commission has approved, local coastal programs (LCPs) consisting of a land-use plan and implementing zoning ordinanc- es. If the project is located within one of California's four ports, the project will be governed by the port's master plan." Aside from master plans and lo- cal ordinances, developers must also address entitlement issues related to CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act), environmental issues re- lated to the EPA (Environmental Pro- tection Agency), and infrastructure issues that don't just extend to roads and parking, but to protective sea walls, rising sea levels, tide patterns and climate change. "Waterfront development is not the faint of heart," says Yehudi "Gaf" Gaffen, CEO of Gafcon and Protea Wa- terfront Development, which is over- seeing the Seaport San Diego Project. "There are fewer people who will take these projects on because they're way, way, way more complex and risky. It involves many public agencies and it's the most complex entitlement en- vironment. That's the minefield you have to walk through, but to me, it's a good thing because you can't just go in and do whatever you want. You have to be inclusive. You have to in- volve the community, involve stake- holders." Coastal development may not be for the faint of heart, but with 840 miles of coastline –a good deal of which sur- rounds some of the nation's busiest ports — developers who can stom- ach it have been eager to partner with public entities and communities on these projects. A few notable ones in- clude Seaport San Diego and Portside Pier in San Diego, San Pedro Public Market in San Pedro, Avalon Prome- nade and Gateway and the Wilming- The new gateway plaza entrance to San Pedro Public Market will connect the local community to its waterfront. This will be facilitated via a continuous waterfront promenade that ushers guests through the new project. WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT HANGS IN THE 'BALANCE' There are a bevy of needs, wants and regulations that impact waterfront development along California's coast, but that hasn't stopped ambitious developers from placing their bets in the hopes of coming up a winner. By Nellie Day Seaport San Diego will include a 500- foot observation tower that takes full advantage of the project's expansive bay views.

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