Residential Regulatory Reform for Legal Nonconforming Structures

Dear Coastal Property Owners Association of Santa Cruz County Member:

Tomorrow Tuesday, January 12, 2010, the Santa Cruz County Planning Department will present to our County Board of Supervisors a proposed program to address your ability to rebuild or remodel your home. This proposal specifically addresses those homes that have become non-conforming as a result of the many changes that have been made over the years to our building ordinances.

You may review the proposed changes at

The plan streamlines the process for minor variations. The plan does not provide relief for rebuilding an existing home if more than 75% is destroyed by a catastrophic event and it is located within 3 feet of the property line. Many of our coastal properties have been legally permitted and built within 3 feet of the property line. Once these homes are lost, reconstruction would require compliance with current site standards or a variance.

We are still in need of a “grandfather” clause that will truly protect our homes and businesses by allowing existing improvements that were legally permitted to be rebuilt if destroyed by a catastrophic event.

Please express your support for a fair and comprehensive plan by attending tomorrow’s board meeting at:

Board Chambers
701 Ocean Street, Room 525
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The meeting starts at 9:00 am. This proposal is item 50 of 53. The complete agenda can be found at:

You may also contact our County Supervisors by phone at 831-454-2200,

by fax at 831-454-3262

by e-mail as follows:

John Leopold, district 1 which includes Live Oak Coast & Soquel

Ellen Pirie, district 2 which includes the City of Capitola & the South Coast

Neal Coonerty, District 3 which includes the City of Santa Cruz & the North Coast

Tony Campos, district 4 which includes the City of Watsonville, excluding the coast

Mark W. Stone, district 5 which includes Scotts Valley and the Santa Cruz Mountains


Keith Adams
Coastal Property Owners Association of Santa Cruz County

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