By Marlena Medford
The California Coastal Commission (CCC) will soon be reviewing the current draft of Solana Beach’s Local Coastal Program (LCP), which lays out the ground rules for development and conservation.
Solana Beach City Council unanimously made the decision to move the LCP forward during a June 29 public hearing.
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. 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.
Right now the CCC has the authority to make most of the final decisions on issues related to development and conservation in Solana Beach — 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, the LCP would give Solana Beach much more influence over the local issues affecting its residents.
The current draft of Solana Beach’s LCP was available for public review during a 60-day period that ended in early June. The CCC must act on Solana Beach’s LCP draft by Nov. 10, 2011.