Inexplicable Advisory Vote on Howard Terminal
Even when the evidence seemed indisputable that plans by the Oakland A’s to build a transformative new ballpark at Howard Terminal next to Jack London Square would not interfere with long-term growth at the Port of Oakland, an advisory committee of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) this week inexplicably disagreed. At issue is a designation for Howard Terminal that it is necessary for future port growth.
Port of Oakland officials and other port experts testified that changing the designation to allow for a new ballpark, surrounding residential and office development, and a brand new public shoreline park would have little or no impact on future port plans. But the advisory committee voted to recommend not changing the designation. It was an unfortunate setback for a project that promises to bring thousands of jobs and millions in new economic activity to Oakland, and provide a unique opportunity to reconnect residents with the waterfront. The vote is advisory only, and the Bay Area Council will be urging BCDC to disregard the advisory committee’s recommendation when it comes before a formal vote in the coming weeks. To engage in the Council’s waterfront and goods movement policy work, please contact Policy Director Emily Loper.
Image courtesy of the Oakland A’s.