COASTAL PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION
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 http://sccounty01.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/bds/Govstream/BDSvData/non_legacy/agendas/2010/20100112/PDF/050.pdf
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:
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
Coastal Property Owners Association of Santa Cruz County
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