By Marlena Chavira-Medford
Now through June 8, the public can review an updated draft of Solana Beach’s Local Coastal Program (LCP), which lays out the ground rules for development and conservation.
Right now the California Coastal Commission (CCC) makes most of the final decisions on these issues, but if the CCC certifies this LCP, Solana Beach would finally have that authority, except for projects within 300 feet of the bluff on the street parallel. The city’s decisions could still be appealed to the CCC, and the CCC would also keeps its coastal permit jurisdiction over development on tidelands, submerged lands, and public trust lands. Overall, however, this would give Solana Beach more influence over local issues.
The LCP requirement is part of the California Coastal Act, which applies to the 1.5 million acres of the Coastal Zone, an area that includes all of Solana Beach. Each LCP is required to include a Land Use Plan (LUP), which spells out policies and implementations of ordinances consistent with the California Coastal Act. A copy of the Solana Beach’s draft LUP is also open for public review through June 8. Though the LUP addresses several topics, policies related to the beach and bluff-tops remain a top priority for residents.
The CCC has accepted Solana Beach’s most recent drafts, although there are several recommended changes. The CCC must act on the LCP and LUP drafts by Nov. 10, 2011.
Although Solana Beach has been working on getting its certified LCP for more than a decade, it is one of the only coastal communities to still not have one. In fact, as of 2008, nearly 90 percent of the Coastal Zone had received a certified LCP, according to data from the CCC.
The Solana Beach’s LCP and LUP drafts can be viewed online at ci.solana-beach.ca.us or at City Hall, 635 S. Highway 101.