From ActCoastal

Year 2022
Month June
Location San Diego
Description The Coastal Commission’s June meeting took place in San Diego on June 8-10. The meeting featured several important, high profile agenda items including the BOEM proposed offshore wind lease sale for Morro Bay, the Del Mar Bluffs Railway Stabilization project, an informational update on the recently release Public Trust Guiding Principles & Action Plan and a new blufftop residence in Cayucos. The meeting resulted in two vote charts.

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
Cayucos Blufftop Redevelopment On Friday, the Commission narrowly approved construction of a new blufftop residence in Cayucos that would rely on an existing riprap seawall. The new home would replace an existing home and more than triple the size. Originally, the staff recommendation precluded repair and maintenance of the existing wall, ensuring it would erode away over time. At the last minute, staff posted an addendum that removed that requirement. The Coastal Act and the County's LCP both expressly prohibit armoring to protect new development as an important means to protect the coast from erosion and rising seas. Coastal Commission technical staff conclude that when factoring in sea level rise, the minimum bluff setback for the proposed development may be 35-40 feet, however, only a 25 foot setback is required. The Surfrider Foundation commented, urging the Commission to prohibit future seawall repair and maintenance and to increase the blufftop setback to 40 feet. Regardless, the Commission approved the development in a 5-4 vote. Red Dot.png
Del Mar Bluffs Stabilization On Wednesday, the Coastal Commission approved a major public works project proposed by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to construct bluff stabilization structures and over half a mile of seawall along the Del Mar Bluffs to protect the blufftop railway. The permit duration is limited to 30 years, at which time the shoreline armoring must be entirely removed. SANDAG has committed to relocating the railway by 2035. The project also includes substantial public access improvements as mitigation for the project including addressing the longstanding need for a designated rail crossing and formal beach accessway in the project area. The commitment to relocating the rail is so dramatic and so well documented in the permit that the Surfrider Foundation supports the project as a special case study in phased relocation in light of sea level rise. SANDAG has expressed the consistent message and firm commitment that it is a willing partner in this plan for managed retreat. The project was approved unanimously. Green Dot.png

Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

June 2022 Meeting

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

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