Public Recreation Fee - Solana Beach LUP - Vote 3

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Month May
Year 2017
Summary The city of Solana Beach has been working to develop a method to mitigate for the impacts that coastal structures and non-erodible seacave/notch infills have on public access and recreation since 2007. Policy 4.50 of the existing LUP required that the City complete a fee study to mitigate for the impacts that coastal structures and nonerodible seacave/notch infills have on public access.

In January 2014, the Commission awarded Solana Beach a $120,000 grant to complete the mitigation method, which required that the City submit an updated Fee Study and an LUP amendment to the Commission.

At the May hearing, Solana Beach proposed their Fee Study – now nearly ten years in the making. The Fee Study is a modification to its LUP Hazards & Shoreline/Bluff Development Policy 4.50.

The method for calculating a fee to account for the impact of shoreline armoring to public recreation (i.e. Public Recreation Fee) varies widely statewide and has resulted in ongoing study. The City of Solana Beach has developed a mitigation methodology, known as the travel cost method, which it is proposing to incorporate into its certified LUP through this amendment.

Staff proposed a number of modifications to the city’s proposed LUP amendment – most included adjustments to the travel cost method equation. There was one main point of disagreement - the wage rate used to calculate the opportunity cost of a day at the beach. Solana Beach recommended using a low wage rate in the travel cost methodology of 33%. Staff argued, and were supported by San Francisco State University economist Phil King, that using a low wage rate in the equation as proposed by Solana Beach would lead to a drastic undervaluation of the beach and instead recommended that 67% of wage rate be used in the equation, which would double the public recreation fee. They also recommended increasing the number of LIDAR data points used to calculate the beach width, for a more accurate snapshot of the beach width over time.

Commissioners voted on two amendments, both of which failed. Ultimately, staff’s recommendation of using a 67% wage rate passed unanimously.

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Outcome Description Finally, commissioners voted on the main motion, to approve staff’s modifications and a 67% wage rate - the motion passed unanimously.
  • See also "Public Recreation Fee - Solana Beach LUP - Vote 1 and Vote 2 for more information.
Why You Should Care When bluff and shoreline armoring are built along the coastline, they have impacts on public access and recreation both resulting from the loss of public recreational opportunities that occur through direct and indirect loss of beach area that would have formed as erosion (usually of bluffs) moves inland.
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Decision Type LCP Amendment
Staff Recommendation Approval with modifications
Staff Report
Opposition to Project
Coastal Act Policies Chapter 3

Voting Detail for Public Recreation Fee - Solana Beach LUP - Vote 3

Individual vote detail for Issue: Public Recreation Fee - Solana Beach LUP - Vote 3
Effie Turnbull-SandersGood Vote
Donne BrownseyGood Vote
Dayna BochcoGood Vote
Mary LuevanoGood Vote
Aaron PeskinGood Vote
Erik HowellGood Vote
Greg CoxGood Vote
Mark VargasGood Vote
Carole GroomGood Vote
Roberto UrangaGood Vote
Ryan SundbergGood Vote
Mary K. ShallenbergerGood Vote

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