|Description||The California Coastal Commission met at the Fort Bragg Town Hall in Fort Bragg Wednesday, Sept. 12 through Friday, Sept.14. While not as packed with items as the previous month’s hearing, the agenda did feature several important informational items and an enforcement order. The informational items included the release of a draft Environmental Justice Policy, an update to the Commission’s Sea Level Rise Guidance and a presentation by non-profit groups on barriers to coastal access. The meeting resulted in one vote chart, the Cease and Desist Orders for unpermitted development in the Santa Monica Mountains.|
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|Santa Monica Mountains - Cease and Desist Orders|| In 2004, the Coastal Commission staff discovered unpermitted development in the Santa Monica Mountains which was the subject of the consent cease and desist and restoration orders. The property where this occurred is part of a unique ecosystem that comprises the largest and most pristine example of Mediterranean habitat remaining in coastal Southern California, and is adjacent to over 2,700 acres of wilderness, including public parkland, and Dark Canyon Creek, a U.S.G.S. designated “blue line stream” that is part of the Malibu Creek watershed.
The unpermitted development has likely impacted species – including mountain lions, mule deer, foxes, bobcats, badgers, lizards, snakes, and many species of raptors and owls – that rely on this habitat by further fragmentation habitat linkages.
The unpermitted development in the Santa Monica Mountains in question consisted of:
The property owners have worked with Coastal Commission staff to resolve the violations. Under this proposed agreement, they have agreed to:
The Coastal Commission unanimously approved the orders.