From ActCoastal

Year 2021
Month August
Location Virtual
Description The Coastal Commission’s August meeting took place virtually from Wednesday, August 11 through Friday, August 13. The meeting featured a full agenda with several important local coastal program updates. The Commission approved the City of Morro Bay comprehensive land use plan (LUP) update and received an informational update regarding the Marin County’s local coastal program update and the delayed coastal hazards update. Orange County Parks also gave an informational update regarding Capistrano Beach and the nature based alternatives analysis recently completed to assess options for addressing ongoing erosion issues. The meeting resulted in one vote chart.

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
Morro Bay LUP Update On Thursday, the Coastal Commission enthusiastically approved the City of Morro Bay’s comprehensive local coastal program update. The update was several years in the making and was approved with complete concurrence between Commission and City staff. Surfrider Foundation supported the City’s coastal hazard policies. Many of the City’s policies, particularly on coastal access and hazards, should serve as a model for other jurisdictions moving forward.

Several noteworthy policies included:

  • Protection of oceanfront lands for public recreational use.
  • Relocation of the wastewater treatment plant away from the immediate shoreline and development of a recreational and visitor serving use of the site.
  • Open space policies specifically identify options to relocate portions of parks and open spaces susceptible to sea level rise impacts, and seek funding to implement the identified adaptation strategies.
  • Public safety policies call for preservation of the shoreline as a natural living shoreline
  • Define existing development as development constructed before the implementation of the California Coastal Act on January 1, 1977.
  • Improve environmental justice by improving the accessibility of public spaces

Moving forward, Surfrider urged the City and Coastal Commission to build upon these policies by including the following specific implementation actions that will prohibit shoreline armoring of coastal trails and develop clear policies on temporary and emergency permitting. The Commission unanimously approved the LCP update.

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Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

August 2021 Meeting

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

Commissioner Morro Bay LUP Update
CaroleGroom 2012.jpg Carole Groom Good Vote
Nl12c hart.jpg Caryl Hart Good Vote
DBochco.jpg Dayna Bochco Good Vote
Donne.gif Donne Brownsey Good Vote
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Good Vote
Rice.jpg Katie Rice Good Vote
Escalante.jpg Linda Escalante Good Vote
MeaganHarmon 2020 0116 color corrected.png Meagan Harmon Good Vote
Mikewilson.png Mike Wilson Good Vote
RU.jpg Roberto Uranga Good Vote
Saraa.jpg Sara Aminzadeh Good Vote
200px-Steve Padilla1.jpg Steve Padilla Absent for Vote