California Ocean Protection Council Releases a Draft of the CA State Sea Level Rise Guidance for 2024

CA OPC Released a Draft of the proposed CA State Sea Level Rise Guidance document for 2024. Public Comments are due by March 4, 2024 to with the subject line “Sea Level Rise Guidance – Public Comment”. A copy of the 105 page Draft CA SLR documented can be found at:

CPOA Members asked to participate in joint USC/UCSB 2023 California Coastal Adaptation Needs Assessment.

CPOA members have been asked to participate in the in the 2023 California Coastal Adaptation Needs Assessment sponsored by the University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant and the Ocean and Coastal Policy Center (OCPC) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB. The link to complete the survey is

Smart Coastal virtual form on the Local Coastal Plan for Sea Level Rise in Santa Cruz County

Smart Coast California invites you to learn more about sea-level rise and ways Santa
Cruz County can adapt to it in the years to come at an interactive virtual forum!
The virtual forum was held on Tuesday, August 16, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The link to the Video conference is attached. Passcode: cL?8ZJB^

CCC issues final report on Guidelines for SRL – Critical Infrastructure

The goal of this Guidance is to promote resilient coastal infrastructure and protection of coastal
resources by providing local governments, asset managers, and other stakeholders with policy and
planning information to help inform sea level rise adaptation decisions that are consistent with the
California Coastal Act. The Guidance addresses two main types of critical infrastructure: transportation
and water. While other infrastructure types, including power plants, gas pipelines, and desalination
facilities, are not explicitly addressed, many described adaptation approaches could broadly apply to
these types of infrastructure as well, because they share common characteristics with the infrastructure
discussed in this Guidance, such as provision of public services, and a large, complex, and often cross-jurisdictional scale. CCC expects Coastal Hazard Zones to incorporate these guidelines into their LCP. CCC will finalize the document on November 17, 2021 at the CCC regional meeting.


Again the CA Coastal Commission is asserting a definition of major Redevelopment/Remodeling “Major Remodel” clearly indicates how to calculate the 50% replacement threshold for purposes of determining when such structures must be considered “redevelopment” or “new” development. Additionally, it indicates that changes to individual major structural components are cumulative over time from January 1,1977, when regulations requiring Coastal Development Permits (CDPs) were implemented. Therefore all major structural alterations or replacements since the Coastal Act was implemented on January 1, 1977, would be considered by the CCC as a “New” structure and subject to the new requirements. CPOA believes this position by the CCC is not legally defensible, and many Coastal Counties and Cities have proposed different definitions of “New” development. For example, in the Santa Cruz County proposed LCP, a “new” development is defined as any major Redevelopment or Replacement of more than 50% of the major structural components, on or after the amended LCP is adopted (January 1, 2021). The CCC is scheduled to vote on San Clemente’s LCP on 8/13/20.

H2O Conference October 23-25 In Long Beach

The 2007 H2O Conference is being organized by the California Shore and Beach Preservation Association (, California Coastal Coalition (, the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project ( and the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) – Western Chapter