Solana Beach Barr Development

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Month June
Year 2016
Summary This application for a new residence on a coastal bluff sparked grave concerns from coastal advocates, who cited the Coastal Act’s prohibition against new development that would require “protective devices that would substantially alter natural landforms along bluffs and cliffs.” This project involves complete demolition of existing structures and the building of a new house on the lot. Additionally, the Solana Beach Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan strictly forbids new development seaward of the “Geologic Setback Line” due to the danger of erosion, making this lot too small to accommodate the new residence in the current location without shoreline armoring. The applicants are depending on an existing sea wall in order to ensure that their new home will not be threatened by natural bluff erosion.
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Outcome Description Coastal advocates urged the Commission to deny the application and avoid setting a dangerous precedent in Solana Beach, but after some discussion, the Commission voted to approve the project.
Why You Should Care Coastal advocates see this project as setting bad precedent- why can’t other properties now follow suit, relying on neighboring properties for their approved seawall to support a new development. As stated by staff there’s no way for this development to occur and be compliant with all LCP/LUP policies- and this is exactly why the project should not have been approved.
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Decision Type Coastal Development Permit
Staff Recommendation Approval with Conditions
Staff Report
Lobbyist/Agent James Chinn
Opposition to Project Surfrider Foundation
Coastal Act Policies Chapter 3 Policies

Voting Detail for Solana Beach Barr Development

Individual vote detail for Issue: Solana Beach Barr Development
Carole GroomBad Vote
Wendy MitchellGood Vote
Effie Turnbull-SandersBad Vote
Greg CoxBad Vote
Steve KinseyBad Vote
Erik HowellGood Vote
Dayna BochcoGood Vote
Roberto UrangaBad Vote
Mark VargasBad Vote
Mary K. ShallenbergerBad Vote
Mary LuevanoGood Vote

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