2018 National Planning Conference

Off-port Land Use Environmental Justice Impacts

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:45 a.m. - noon PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198117

Location: 2006

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  • Learn about direct and indirect impacts of port operations.
  • Understand novel methodologies to analyze environmental justice, economic, health, and community impacts of port and port-related land uses.
  • Explore land-use and policy planning implications to mitigate off-port impacts in fence line communities.


The communities of San Pedro and Wilmington boarder the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest port in the United States by container volume. While residents and businesses in these communities reap these consumer benefits, they bear a disproportionate burden of the port and related off-port activities. Since the Port of Los Angeles has expanded over the past few decades, these communities have experienced increased impacts to their economic, aesthetic, environmental, and social conditions — all which can affect health. As part of a court settlement, the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation funded an off-port land-use study to document these direct and indirect impacts. This session presents this study's innovative methodology including theoretical pathway diagrams, GIS mapping, community-ground truthed data and photo documentation, and statistical real estate impact analysis. Additionally, speakers discuss how this study is being shared with residents and CBOs and what recommendations have come out of the work. Find the study at https://tinyurl.com/LAPortHCBF

Session Speakers

Sylvia Betancourt
Long Beach Alliance for Children with Asthma
Long Beach

Jesse Marquez
Coalition For A Safe Environment
Wilmington, CA

David C. Sloane
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Beth Altshuler
Raimi + Associates
Berkeley, CA