The legislation (SB 1090) presented by Sen. Patricia Bates, a Republican from Laguna Niguel, to the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee in Sacramento would obligate public agencies and private owners of seafront property in San Diego and Orange Counties to mitigate coastal erosion.
SB 1090 would require the Coastal Commission to review and approve a public agency’s or homeowner’s application for erosion-mitigation efforts in regard to planting, drainage and seawall or other reinforcing structures. Approved applicants also would have to pay for the costs of sand replenishment and permit processing.
CA bill will amend the application process for shoreline protection devices for Orange and San Diego Counties, to limit Sand Mitigation Fees to $25,000 per parcel or 1% of assessed value, and outlines an appeal process for denied applications. If passed, it is unclear if this bill will affect other Counties.
The City of Del Mar and surrounding communities are apposed to being forced to consider moving all structures away from the beaches and cliffs, to allow for rising sea levels. As long the the California Coastal Commission insists that their Local Coastal Plan includes the concept of “managed retreat”, the city of Del Mar and property owners are apposed to any further revisions to their LCP to address sea level rise. According the the Pacific Legal Foundation, the commission has been heavy-handed, favoring relocation over armoring the coast with sea walls, jettys and other barriers intended to protect homes. Coastal property owners have the right to protect their properties with appropriate armoring devices, until it is no longer possible.
In a recent decision the California 4th District Court of Appeal sided with the California Coastal Commission on the 60-foot mandate for set back of new home on coastal bluff in Encinitas, Southern California. The property owner will not be able to rely on any shoreline protection, and must build the new home 60 feet from the bluff’s edge to meet the 75 year projected coastal erosion. A couple, who recent bought this property for $1.8M had hopes of building a new home overlooking the cliffs and beaches with only a 30 – 40 foot set back. But now, they must move the structure farther inland with no views of the cliffs or ocean surf. This is what could happen to Santa Cruz Coastal Property owners, if the County does not get a revised Local Coastal Plan approved by the CCC.
Del Mar is seeing the impacts of climate change and preparing for worse to come.
Dredging operations to clear the harbor channel continues to see setbacks.
The state’s top justices are considering an appeal that challenges the California Coastal Commission’s right to regulate the man-made structures.
The purpose of the Project is to effectively reduce risks to public safety and economic damages associated with bluff and beach erosion along the shorelines of the cities of Encinitas and Solana Beach.
Solana Beach property owners have every right to be furious over a land-use plan, 13 years in the making, that the North County coastal town’s City Council approved May 22.
About 100 people packed into City Hall to hear the council debate what response to give the state Coastal Commission, which in March approved a much-revised version of a local planning document that’s been years in the making.