Planning Partnership


This Partnership is a natural extension of the relationship between the California State Lands Commission as trustee of state tidelands and submerged lands across the state of California, and the Port of San Diego as a local grantee of the tidelands and submerged lands in and around San Diego Bay. With State Lands’ extensive jurisdiction across the state and in state waters, and the Port’s local knowledge, the two partners bring complementary management perspectives to effectively collaborate on this pilot project.

On October 13, 2016, the State Lands Commission and the Port of San Diego signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to formalize the San Diego Ocean Planning Partnership. The purpose of the MOA was to form and memorialize this collaborative partnership to gain an understanding of the ocean space and establish a process to enhance management opportunities to balance the different ocean uses for the state-owned tidelands and submerged lands located in the Pacific Ocean offshore of San Diego County.

During the Preliminary Assessment, the Commission and Port intend to learn from ocean users, stakeholders, and other managers to understand their interests and issues areas and the ocean space itself while focusing on processes that could resolve conflicts and/or potential conflicts. This information may help to improve the process for the State Lands Commission to evaluate proposed lease applications in the ocean space.

+ San Diego Ocean Space

San Diego waters are home to a unique nexus of ecological resources, fishing interests, cultural values, military operations, recreational opportunities, commercial enterprise, and industrial innovation, which necessitates a forward-thinking, holistic management strategy. Managing the diverse resources and activities within this space through stakeholder-driven and science-based decision-making can serve as a model and framework for ocean management throughout California and beyond. Operating at a local scale will enable a robust, inclusive, and effective planning process that will maximize stakeholder involvement.

Our focus is on the state-owned tidelands and submerged lands located in the Pacific Ocean offshore San Diego County.The preliminary area includes state waters (which extend up to three nautical miles from the coast) offshore of San Diego Bay and fall within the landward northern and southern boundaries of the county. This area is subject to change following stakeholder and public engagement and review of data collected.