2022/October

From ActCoastal

Year 2022
Month October
Location San Diego
Description The Coastal Commission’s October meeting took place in San Diego on October 12-14. The meeting featured a very busy agenda including the permitting of South Coast Water District’s Doheny desalination plant, a permit extension for nuclear waste storage at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, short term rentals in Half Moon Bay, denial of the Santa Cruz County LCP update for coastal hazards and approval of the Newport Beach Confined Aquatic Disposal Facility (CAD). The Santa Cruz LCP update and the Newport Beach CAD both resulted in vote charts. The Doheny desalination facility and the SONGS spent fuel storage permit extension are described below.

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
Newport Beach Confined Aquatic Disposal Facility The City of Newport Beach applied to construct a confined aquatic disposal (CAD) site in Newport Harbor and perform beach replenishment in Newport Beach. Lower Newport Bay requires periodic maintenance dredging to remove sediment that accumulates over time and impedes navigation and full use of the harbor. A portion of the sediment to be dredged was determined unsuitable for open ocean disposal due to contamination and is proposed for placement into the CAD facility. Advocates, including Orange County Coastkeeper, Friends of Newport Harbor and Surfrider Foundation argued that the CAD should be denied based on four main issues: 1. The City wrongfully characterizes the unsuitable sediment as harmless; 2. The 1.0’ thick interim cap layer does not adequately account for bioturbation; 3. The City has not earnestly analyzed alternatives and, in particular, failed to consider (i) additional costs and/or (ii) a two-step process involving treatment; and 4. The City has not developed an adequate sediment monitoring plan. Despite these concerns, the Commission did not wish to push for innovative solutions to contaminated sediment and approved the CAD in an 8 to 1 vote. Red Dot.png
Santa Cruz County LCP Update Santa Cruz County’s local coastal program update for coastal hazards came before the Commission despite never having completed a vulnerability assessment or technical review of the sea level rise threats facing the County’s 32 miles of coastline. Commission staff recommended denial of the update, in part due to the County’s plan for an overreliance on shoreline armoring. Notably, the plan would have created a “shoreline armoring exception area (SPEA)” along Opal Cliffs, protecting high priced residential development, almost all of which post-dates the Coastal Act. The SPEA would have protected private development from coastal hazards at the expense of the public’s beach, waves and ocean resources, and without any significant mitigation. The Coastal Act prohibits shoreline armoring except to protect pre-Coastal Act structures that meet certain criteria for erosion risk. The Commission upheld the foundational Coastal Act policies on shoreline armoring and protecting public resources by denying the County’s plan in a unanimous vote for denial. Green Dot.png


Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

October 2022 Meeting


Green Dot.png = Positive Conservation Vote         Red Dot.png = Negative Conservation Vote

Commissioner Newport Beach Confined Aquatic Disposal FacilitySanta Cruz County LCP Update
CaroleGroom 2012.jpg Carole Groom Absent for Vote Absent for Vote
Nl12c hart.jpg Caryl Hart Bad Vote Good Vote
DBochco.jpg Dayna Bochco Bad Vote Vote Unavailable
Donne.gif Donne Brownsey Bad Vote Vote Unavailable
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Bad Vote Good Vote
Rice.jpg Katie Rice Bad Vote Good Vote
Escalante.jpg Linda Escalante Bad Vote Good Vote
MeaganHarmon 2020 0116 color corrected.png Meagan Harmon Bad Vote Good Vote
Mikewilson.png Mike Wilson Absent for Vote Good Vote
RU.jpg Roberto Uranga Absent for Vote Absent for Vote
Saraa.jpg Sara Aminzadeh Good Vote by Alternate Absent for Vote
200px-Steve Padilla1.jpg Steve Padilla Bad Vote Good Vote