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Issue:Bannasch Living Trust sea cave-notch fill
DecisionType Coastal Development Permit  +
IssueImage Jaffee erodible-photo-300x243.png  +
IssueMonth June  +
IssueOutcome Bad  +
IssueOutcomeDescription The Commission voted 6-5 to approve the pr
The Commission voted 6-5 to approve the project with special conditions. One condition required the applicant test erodible concrete to prove it erodes before being utilized. While this is a positive step to ensuring the concrete erodes with the bluff, there are many scientific uncertainties about erodible concrete—and several studies assert that erodible concrete is a myth. Unfortunately, the Commission overlooked how the “expansion” of sea cave infill equates to new development instead of simply being “maintenance.” The Commission ignored Coastal Act 30610 that says: “Maintenance should not result in addition or enlargement of …” and overlooked the Land Use Plan that says “redevelopment greater than 50% is considered “new development.” The bluff in front of home is 214 feet, with 5 existing sea caves totaling 60 feet; an additional 92 feet is equivalent to a 153% increase in maintenance.
ivalent to a 153% increase in maintenance.  +
IssueReason In 2003, Surfrider successfully won a laws
In 2003, Surfrider successfully won a lawsuit that determined the applicant needed to conduct a “project specific” Environmental Impact Report (EIR) before erodible concrete could be used. It has been more than 10 years, and this applicant still has not conducted an EIR. In 2002, the City of Solana Beach submitted a monitoring report regarding its use of erodible concrete and concluded that it does not erode at the same rate as the bluff. At a public hearing in January 2014, the City’s own Engineer questioned whether “erodible” concrete erodes. ''The most concerning aspect of this vote is how the project undermines the <u>definition</u> of maintenance under both the Coastal Act and Local Coastal Program''. The project is considerably more than maintenance—expanding sea caves an additional 92 feet on '''unarmored''' bluff is the functional equivalent of building a new seawall which is barred by the deed restriction the homeowner agreed to in 1991. At that time, the applicant agreed to special conditions to avoid bluff hazards. The conditions included “planned retreat” (i.e. moving the home when it’s threatened by erosion) and as mentioned, waiving their right to a seawall. '''The Commission’s vote sets a poor precedent of “piecemealing expansion of sea caves” that technically function as a seawall and weakening the definitions of maintenance and development under the letter of the law.'''
evelopment under the letter of the law.'''  +
IssueSummary The applicants in this case chose to rebui
The applicants in this case chose to rebuild their home in 1991 and place it within the 40 foot setback zone just 29 feet from the bluff edge. In exchange, they waived their right to a future seawall through a deed restriction but were allowed to maintain their sea cave notch fills. In this application, they requested permission to repair and '''expand''' the 5 existing sea caves with erodible concrete. The proposed “expansions” would cover 92 feet of previously unarmored bluff.
ver 92 feet of previously unarmored bluff.  +
IssueYear 2,014  +
Lobbyist Walter Crampton  +
Opposition Surfrider Foundation and Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation argued the concrete is not erodible and the project cannot be considered maintenance since the “infills” are expansive and cover 92 feet of '''unarmored''' bluff.  +
Policies 30235, 30253, 30210, 30211, 30212, 30212.5, 0240, 30250, 30604, 30251, 30210, 30211, 30212, 30212.5, 30221, and 30221 . Land Use Plan policies: 4.18, 4.25, 4.26, 4.27, 4.29, and 4.37  +
StaffRecommendation Approval with conditions.  +
StaffReport http://documents.coastal.ca.gov/reports/2014/6/Th14a-6-2014.pdf  +
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