From ActCoastal

Year 2014
Month June
Location Huntington Beach, CA
Description The June hearing contained several controversial and emotionally charged items. The City of Huntington Beach requested to amend their Local Coastal Program by changing the land use designation from Open Space/Parks to Residential Low Density and the zoning from Residential Agriculture to Residential Low Density. The item was extremely heated—throngs of people testified that new development would impact coastal resources and Native American lands that contain sacred artifacts and burial sites. After hours of testimony, the City withdrew their application and will resubmit to Commission at a later date. Two shoreline protection items for San Diego were heard, Goetz and Bannasch. The Commission voted to continue Goetz and unfortunately approved the Bannasch shoreline protection application, which raised many concerns for local coastal advocates who argued that expanding sea caves by 92 feet along an unarmored bluff constitutes a seawall and must be denied. Finally, Commission Staff provided a briefing on the appeals process. Bowman voted for Cox, Pestor voted for Shallenberger and Song voted for Vargas as alternates.

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
Bannasch Living Trust sea cave-notch fill The applicants in this case chose to rebuild their home in 1991 and place it within the 40 foot setback zone just 29 feet from the bluff edge. In exchange, they waived their right to a future seawall through a deed restriction but were allowed to maintain their sea cave notch fills. In this application, they requested permission to repair and expand the 5 existing sea caves with erodible concrete. The proposed “expansions” would cover 92 feet of previously unarmored bluff. Red Dot.png

Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

June 2014 Meeting

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

Commissioner Bannasch Living Trust sea cave-notch fill
CaroleGroom 2012.jpg Carole Groom Bad Vote
DBochco.jpg Dayna Bochco Bad Vote
Garcia.png Dr. Robert Garcia Absent for Vote
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Good Vote
Erik-280x300.png Erik Howell Good Vote
GCox.png Greg Cox Good Vote by Alternate
Zimmer.jpg Jana Zimmer Bad Vote by Alternate
Vargas.jpg Mark Vargas Good Vote by Alternate
McClure.jpg Martha McClure Bad Vote
Shallenberger.jpg Mary K. Shallenberger Good Vote by Alternate
Kinsey.jpg Steve Kinsey Bad Vote
Mitchell.jpg Wendy Mitchell Bad Vote