APPENDIX - WATERFRONT POSITION
Position recommended to the membership by the
Board of the League
Of Women Voters Of Oakland for Adoption at Annual Meeting (6/5/93).
Waterfront Land Use Planning
1. Land Use Master Plan: Development of the
Waterfront should be guided by a master plan including the land within
Port jurisdiction, adjacent land within City jurisdiction and land
within Department of Defense jurisdiction. This master plan should seek
to maximize the economic, recreational and aesthetic potential of the
a) recreation, sporting and pedestrian
access to the water and the shoreline.
b) housing opportunities in the waterfront
c) important vistas of natural areas, the
waterway and constructed industrial features, such as the harbor.
d) pedestrian and bicycle circulation along
the shoreline and between
the Waterfront and important inland paths.
e) buffering of industrial areas from
adjacent residential areas.
f) maximizing the economic vitality of a
variety of commercial and industrial uses which are appropriate for
2) The LWVO specifically supports the following
activities which can improve land use planning of the Waterfront:
a) revision of the Land Use Element and the
Open Space and Recreation Element of the Oakland General Plan to
contain a master plan which includes the Waterfront.
b) development of the East Bay Trail through
the Waterfront and the creation of mini-parks and vista points along
the shoreline trail.
c) establishment of vista points and fishing
piers within the Waterfront, including re-establishment of the
Seventh Street Waterfront Park.
d) coordination of land use decisions
between the City Planning Commission and the Board of Port
Commission, and increased public participation in planning decisions
of the Port of Oakland.
e) establishment of a continuous pedestrian
path between Lake Merritt and Jack London Square and Estuary Cove.
1) Economic Development Strategy: The LWVO
supports coordinated economic development planning and activities
involving the Port of Oakland, the City Oakland and the County of
Alameda. This planning should specifically seek to maximize the indirect
impacts of the transportation terminals and the commercial opportunities
derived from the unique assets of Oakland's Waterfront.
2) Specifically, economic planning related to
the transportation terminals should encompass such aspects as:
a) business attraction - identifying the
types of businesses which gain an advantage from locating near
marine/land/air transportation, and
systematically seeking to attract such
businesses to Oakland.
b) air distribution and maintenance -
expansion of distribution and
maintenance facilities in the airport and
marine terminal areas.
c) traveler services - improvement of the
identification and promotion of the Hegenberger Road and Embarcadero
Cove traveler services in relation to the Oakland International
d) direct economic impacts - maximize the
local economic impacts of the operation of the airport and marine
terminals, such as local purchasing and hiring, creation of training
opportunities and entrepreneurial programs in commercial areas, such
as the airport concessions.
3) Education and training opportunities: The
LWVO supports activities which utilize the heritage and the economic and
ecological opportunities of the Waterfront in the education of students.
These opportunities include:
a) vocational education - opportunities such
as vocational academies and targeted training programs can increase
the likelihood that Oakland students will ultimately be hired into
occupations which are available on the Waterfront.
b) unique educational opportunities -
learning about activities of the harbor and the associated training
activities, visits to natural marine areas and other educational
opportunities which are uniquely available in Oakland can inspire
students and provide a laboratory for learning.
c) heritage - knowledge of Oakland's
Waterfront heritage, such as transcontinental railroad, shipyards,
Waterfront authors and adventurers, early aviation history ,
containerization shipping innovations and other Waterfront history
should be incorporated in local educational programs to demonstrate
the historic importance of Oakland.
Military Base Conversion Planning
The Oakland Army Base and Naval Supply Center
ultimately can provide space for secondary industries which can provide
important job opportunities and for other activities that increase the
variety of activities on the Waterfront and enhance the West Oakland
neighborhood. The LWVO supports early and thorough contingency planning
of future uses of the two installations and public participation in the
planning process, in accordance with the federal military base
1) Citizen Advisory Committee: Because there has
previously been little coordinated review of the Waterfront's economic,
recreational, aesthetic and educational potential, the LWVO supports
formation of a temporary public advisory committee to define the
Waterfront's potential and a strategy for increasing its value as asset
2) The LWVO supports increased public
involvement in planning and land use decisions of the Port of Oakland.
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