Pacific Grove LCP Update

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Month November
Year 2019
Summary The City of Pacific Grove proposed to update its local coastal program, originally certified in 1989. Notably, updates include new sections related to sea level rise, flood and hazard abatement, environmentally sensitive habitat areas (ESHA), wetland protection, water quality enhancement, and tribal/archaeological protections.

The Surfrider Foundation objected to policies that allow armoring of the City’s coastal trail, asking the Commission to instead amend the update to prohibit shoreline armoring of the coastal trail and public access amenities that could be relocated inland. Surfrider also urged the Commission to remain consistent with their policy guidance documents and previous decisions by defining redevelopment as any cumulative development completed after January 1, 1977, instead of the date of certification of the LCP, as proposed. To do otherwise would set a terrible precedent as local jurisdictions across the state tackle their sea level rise plans and are looking at these early examples for guidance on acceptable adaptation policies.Unfortunately, the Commission did not incorporate these suggestions and unanimously passed the update as modified by staff.

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Outcome Description Commission Executive Director Jack Ainsworth commented that while this update is not perfect, it is a compromise that the City and staff reached. He said it was a give and take to “get to LCP across the finish line.” Commissioners agreed and unanimously passed the LCP update with staff’s suggested modifications.
Why You Should Care Now and in the future, the coastal trail should be compatible with saving our coast from sea level rise, not serve as merely a way to view what we’ve lost. We should protect this crown jewel of the California coast and in doing so set an example for what can – and should – be done all along the state.
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Decision Type LCP Certification
Staff Recommendation Approval with Modifications
Staff Report
Opposition to Project Surfrider Foundation, Asilomar Dunes Residents
Coastal Act Policies Chapter 3

Voting Detail for Pacific Grove LCP Update

Individual vote detail for Issue: Pacific Grove LCP Update
Sara AminzadehBad Vote by Alternate
Carole GroomBad Vote
Caryl HartBad Vote
Steve PadillaBad Vote
Roberto UrangaBad Vote
Donne BrownseyBad Vote
Effie Turnbull-SandersBad Vote by Alternate
Linda EscalanteBad Vote
Mike WilsonBad Vote
Katie RiceBad Vote
Carole GroomBad Vote
Dayna BochcoBad Vote

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