Opal Cliffs New Blufftop House with Seawall

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Month May
Year 2023
Summary The Coastal Commission denied a County of Santa Cruz permit for the demolition of a home at Opal Cliffs Drive and construction of a new 8,200 square foot house reliant on a shoreline armoring structure. The LCP requires that new blufftop development demonstrate site stability and structural integrity over a 100-year period by establishing a 100-year erosion setback from the blufftop edge, without consideration of shoreline armoring. Addressing the unpermitted sea cave fill at this location was not included in the application. Approving a new home in this location would perpetuate the existing shoreline armoring which is currently contributing to an impassable section of coast on popular Opal Cliff beaches on all but the lowest of tides.
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Outcome Description The Commission unanimously denied the permit due to its straightforward lack of consistency with the LCP and Coastal Act.
Why You Should Care By denying this permit, the Commission upheld key Coastal Act and County LCP policies designed to protect coastal resources, including the beach and surfing waves, while also considering the long-term impacts of climate change and rising seas. It demonstrates a commitment to coastal resilience, sustainability, and the well-being of both the natural environment and the community.
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Decision Type Appeal
Staff Recommendation Denial
Staff Report
Opposition to Project Surfrider Foundation
Coastal Act Policies 30253, LCP

Voting Detail for Opal Cliffs New Blufftop House with Seawall

Individual vote detail for Issue: Opal Cliffs New Blufftop House with Seawall
Caryl HartGood Vote
Paloma AguirreGood Vote
Mike WilsonGood Vote
Meagan HarmonGood Vote
Dayna BochcoGood Vote
Justin CummingsGood Vote
Roberto UrangaGood Vote
Linda EscalanteGood Vote
Katie RiceGood Vote
Donne BrownseyGood Vote
Effie Turnbull-SandersGood Vote
Ann NotthoffGood Vote

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