|Description||The Coastal Commission’s August meeting took place virtually from Wednesday, August 11 through Friday, August 13. The meeting featured a full agenda with several important local coastal program updates. The Commission approved the City of Morro Bay comprehensive land use plan (LUP) update and received an informational update regarding the Marin County’s local coastal program update and the delayed coastal hazards update. Orange County Parks also gave an informational update regarding Capistrano Beach and the nature based alternatives analysis recently completed to assess options for addressing ongoing erosion issues. The meeting resulted in one vote chart.|
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|Morro Bay LUP Update|| On Thursday, the Coastal Commission enthusiastically approved the City of Morro Bay’s comprehensive local coastal program update. The update was several years in the making and was approved with complete concurrence between Commission and City staff. Surfrider Foundation supported the City’s coastal hazard policies. Many of the City’s policies, particularly on coastal access and hazards, should serve as a model for other jurisdictions moving forward.
Several noteworthy policies included:
Moving forward, Surfrider urged the City and Coastal Commission to build upon these policies by including the following specific implementation actions that will prohibit shoreline armoring of coastal trails and develop clear policies on temporary and emergency permitting. The Commission unanimously approved the LCP update.