Dear Coastal Property Owners Association of Santa Cruz County Member:
The California Coastal Commission Draft Residential Adaptation Policy Guidance public comment period closes on April 30, 2018 as per the notice below.
Please note this policy guidance encourages local governments to adopt the California Coastal Commission’s agenda which includes:
1) Removing the 1972 Coastal Act mandate to issue shoreline protection permits for homes built after 1/1/1977
2) Homes built prior to 1977 would be defined as new development if expanded by more than 50% and therefore not be entitled to shoreline protection
3) Establishing planned retreat (home abandonment) as an alternative to shoreline protection
4) Targets coastal homes to be sacrificed to compensate for sea level rise
5) Makes it more difficult to protect our homes from coastal erosion
6) Provides no just compensation for homes lost as a result of the Policy Guidance
7) Only addresses sacrificing residential properties for the sake of sea level rise while excluding commercial and public properties.
The Coastal Commission states the policy is only a guideline; however revised Local Coastal Programs (LCP’s) must be approved by the Coastal Commission. And as experienced by both the City and County of Santa Cruz, the Coastal Commission will not accept changes to the LCP’s unless the language confirms to their agenda. It should also be noted the Coastal Commission has historically taken the most draconian position in interpreting the 1972 Coastal Act and LCP’s.
Please express your concerns to these and other issues of the Policy as per the invitation below.
Coastal Property Owners Association of Santa Cruz County
Residential Adaptation Policy Guidance
Response to Comments posted
Revised Draft Residential Adaptation Policy Guidance
Response to Comments Table
The Coastal Commission has posted a table of Response to Comments on the July 2017 Draft Residential Adaptation Policy Guidance. These responses note where changes in the Revised Draft reflect suggestions collected during the first public comment period. Major changes between the two drafts are underlined in the Major Changes document.
The new policy guidance is a next step and builds on the Coastal Commission’s 2015 Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance, which set forth broad principles related to planning for sea level rise. The Residential Adaptation Policy Guidance provides a more in-depth discussion of sea level rise adaptation policies specifically related to residential development and sample policy language that cities and counties could modify for use in different community and geologic contexts.
Past webinar recordings, Coastal Commission hearing presentation, and downloadable draft documents are now available at our webpage.
The Revised Draft Residential Adaptation Policy Guidance public comment period closes on Monday, April 30th.
Please contact the Coastal Commission Sea Level Rise Team at ResidentialAdaptation@coastal.ca.gov
Please submit written comments by April 30, 2018, by email to ResidentialAdaptation@coastal.ca.gov or by US Mail to the address:
California Coastal Commission
c/o Sea Level Rise Working Group
45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105
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