From ActCoastal

Year 2018
Month September
Location Fort Bragg
Description The California Coastal Commission met at the Fort Bragg Town Hall in Fort Bragg Wednesday, Sept. 12 through Friday, Sept.14. While not as packed with items as the previous month’s hearing, the agenda did feature several important informational items and an enforcement order. The informational items included the release of a draft Environmental Justice Policy, an update to the Commission’s Sea Level Rise Guidance and a presentation by non-profit groups on barriers to coastal access. The meeting resulted in one vote chart, the Cease and Desist Orders for unpermitted development in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
Santa Monica Mountains - Cease and Desist Orders In 2004, the Coastal Commission staff discovered unpermitted development in the Santa Monica Mountains which was the subject of the consent cease and desist and restoration orders. The property where this occurred is part of a unique ecosystem that comprises the largest and most pristine example of Mediterranean habitat remaining in coastal Southern California, and is adjacent to over 2,700 acres of wilderness, including public parkland, and Dark Canyon Creek, a U.S.G.S. designated “blue line stream” that is part of the Malibu Creek watershed.

The unpermitted development has likely impacted species – including mountain lions, mule deer, foxes, bobcats, badgers, lizards, snakes, and many species of raptors and owls – that rely on this habitat by further fragmentation habitat linkages.

The unpermitted development in the Santa Monica Mountains in question consisted of:

  • Construction of a sand-filled horseback riding ring and horse-related structures
  • Horseback riding trails, a tack shed, tractor overhang, hay shed, and fences;
  • Removal of major vegetation;
  • The destruction of 2.25 acres of an Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area.

The property owners have worked with Coastal Commission staff to resolve the violations. Under this proposed agreement, they have agreed to:

  • Remove items of Unpermitted Development and restore areas impacted by these activities;
  • Address temporal losses of habitat and to address civil liabilities associated with the Unpermitted Development;
  • Remove approximately 62 large, fire-prone, invasive pepper trees plus 13 other invasive trees and replace them with approximately 75 new, native trees, such as oaks;
  • Restore additional areas on the properties;
  • Transfer nearly all of two undeveloped parcels, representing roughly 22 acres of land, and worth approximately $1 million, to MRCA, a significant benefit to coastal resources, the public, and MRCA.

The Coastal Commission unanimously approved the orders.

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Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

September 2018 Meeting

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

Commissioner Santa Monica Mountains - Cease and Desist Orders
Url.jpg Aaron Peskin Good Vote
CaroleGroom 2012.jpg Carole Groom Good Vote
DBochco.jpg Dayna Bochco Good Vote
Donne.gif Donne Brownsey Good Vote
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Vote Unavailable
Erik-280x300.png Erik Howell Good Vote
Vargas.jpg Mark Vargas Good Vote
BVWtY5tv.jpeg Mary Luevano Good Vote by Alternate
RU.jpg Roberto Uranga Good Vote
Sundberg.jpg Ryan Sundberg Good Vote
Saraa.jpg Sara Aminzadeh Good Vote
200px-Steve Padilla1.jpg Steve Padilla Good Vote