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Project Approvals Process

The Proposed Howard Terminal Project would be surrounded by Port operations, other industrial and commercial uses and business and residential communities.

The Port Commission’s adoption of the non-binding Exclusive Negotiation Term Sheet establishes the initial framework for the real estate transaction and lists the required public agency approvals (entitlements). Listed below are the main regulatory approvals and the responsible agency for each:

  • City of Oakland - Approve an Environmental Impact Report studying the project in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, amend the City of Oakland’s General Plan, re-zone the site, approve the Tentative and Final Subdivision Maps, approve the Preliminary Development Plan and approve the Building Permit;
  • California State Lands Commission - Approve the Tidelands Trust Exchange to address Tidelands Trust issues;
  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission – Approve a Major Permit and amended Seaport Plan and Bay Plan to address shoreline use and Port priority use issues;
  • California Department of Toxic Substances Control – Amend the Covenants to Restrict the Use of Property applicable to the site and approve any required investigation, remediation and monitoring program for the site;
  • Port of Oakland – Approve Option Agreement, approve master lease, approve Trust Settlement and Exchange Agreement and approve Port Development Permits.