From ActCoastal

Year 2020
Month June
Location Virtual
Description The June meeting took place virtually from Wednesday, June 10 to Friday, June 12. The agenda contained more substantial items than the previous month as the virtual platform becomes more finely tuned and capacity increases. ActCoastal partners commented on several items including a proposed condominium development on Beach Boulevard in Pacifica, reauthorization of the Russian River Management Plan and an enforcement action regarding longstanding beach encroachments by 33 Newport Beach homeowners. The meeting resulted in one vote chart, on the Beach Boulevard development which was an appeal of a city issued permit that was ultimately denied. Commissioners expressed concerns regarding coastal hazards and safety on the site.

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
Sharp Park Beach Condominiums in Pacifica This was an appeal of a City-approved project that would allow for the construction of two buildings containing a total of seven condominium units on a half-acre lot on Beach Boulevard in Pacifica. The property would have fronted an abandoned portion of Beach Boulevard to the seaward side. Coastal Commission staff, as well as the applicant’s own coastal hazard experts, concluded that the entire development would be subject to coastal hazards within its lifetime and would rely on the existing riprap seawall. Staff recommended utilizing a policy within the City’s LCP that allows for minimum viable economic development in cases where an entire lot is subject to coastal hazards. Thus, the staff recommendation included increasing the setback from the City’s permit that would allow space for 3-4 condominium units. The Surfrider Foundation and several local residents argued that approval as such would create a loophole in the Coastal Act, setting a precedent by which the prohibition against armoring new development could become meaningless. New development must not be allowed to rely on existing shoreline armoring regardless of who owns, manages or maintains the seawall. The entire proposal was denied in a split 6-5 vote. Green Dot.png

Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

June 2020 Meeting

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

Commissioner Sharp Park Beach Condominiums in Pacifica
CaroleGroom 2012.jpg Carole Groom Good Vote
Nl12c hart.jpg Caryl Hart Good Vote by Alternate
DBochco.jpg Dayna Bochco Bad Vote
Donne.gif Donne Brownsey Good Vote
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Absent for Vote
Erik-280x300.png Erik Howell Bad Vote
Rice.jpg Katie Rice Bad Vote
Escalante.jpg Linda Escalante Good Vote
Mikewilson.png Mike Wilson Good Vote
RU.jpg Roberto Uranga Bad Vote
Saraa.jpg Sara Aminzadeh Good Vote by Alternate
200px-Steve Padilla1.jpg Steve Padilla Bad Vote