Local Coastal Program Update Open House
Local Coastal Program Update: November 11 Open House & Release of a Draft Coastal Land Use Plan for Public Review
On Saturday, November 11, 2017, the City of Santa Barbara will host a Community Open House from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Chase Palm Park Center on the ocean side of Cabrillo Boulevard (236 East Cabrillo Boulevard). The purpose of the Open House is to begin public review of the Draft Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP) that has been prepared as part of the City’s Local Coastal Program (LCP) Update. The Open House will include stations with information about topics covered in the Draft Coastal LUP, giving people an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about coastal planning and the review process. There will be no formal presentation, the public is encouraged to drop in when it’s most convenient.
“Over the past four years, City staff consulted extensively with the staff of the California Coastal Commission to develop a Draft Coastal Land Use Plan that aligns with the Coastal Act as well as the local priorities of the City,” said Renee Brooke, City Planner for the City of Santa Barbara. “I hope people will take time to review the draft and share their thoughts with us as this affects the future of our coast.”
Commencing with the Open House, there will be a 60-day public review period during which the public can submit comments on the Draft Coastal LUP and there will be a series of commission and staff led informational meetings on different topics. The meetings are scheduled for November and December 2017, culminating with Planning Commission review and recommendations to City Council in spring 2018. The City Council is then expected to review the Draft Coastal LUP in late spring 2018. Following City Council adoption, the Coastal LUP will be submitted to the California Coastal Commission (CCC) for certification.
“This update demonstrates our continued commitment to provide access for all to the beach, as well as protection of our natural resources, built environment, and our vibrant public waterfront – all of which make our community so special,” added George Buell, Community Development Director of the City of Santa Barbara.
The complete document will be available online at www.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/LCP by November 11. Hard copies will also be available for viewing at the Santa Barbara Central Library (40 East Anapamu Street) and the City’s Planning Division offices (630 Garden Street).
About The LCP Update
The City’s Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP) is being updated to modernize the existing 1981 Coastal LUP, building upon the 2011 General Plan to implement standards that clarify the coastal development review process. For the most part, the new Draft Coastal LUP carries forward policies that already exist in other City planning documents and regulations. New policies document the criteria and interpretations already being used today for the review and approval of Coastal Development Permits, clarify development standards for complicated topics such as development near coastal bluffs and creeks, and address new and emerging issues for the City, such as sea level rise. The Draft Coastal LUP is part of a larger work effort to update the City’s Local Coastal Program that is being partially funded by the CCC. In the coming years, this will include development of a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan and Lower-Cost Visitor-Serving Accommodations Study. For additional information, please visitwww.SantaBarbaraCA.gov/LCP, email LCPUpdate@santabarbaraca.gov, or call (805) 564-5470.