Manhattan Beach Coastal Hazards Plan Update


August 1, 2023

The Commission approved the City of Manhattan Beach’s local coastal program update for coastal hazards with staff’s suggested modifications. Manhattan Beach faces climate change and sea level rise vulnerability over the coming decades - especially with public infrastructure, storm drain outfalls and sewer lines. To plan for coastal resiliency, the City includes an emphasis on nature based adaptation measures, protection of public access, recreation and sensitive coastal resources and inclusionary public participation processes. Coastal Commission staff suggested two modifications to clarify the City’s citywide beach dune restoration program could evaluate other “soft” solutions such as living shoreline projects in the future. The other modification clarifies that the beach dune stabilization program will use native Southern California coastal dune plant species. The Commission approved the LCP update unanimously.

Why You Should Care

By prioritizing nature-based adaptation strategies, protecting public access, and fostering community engagement, the city is paving the way for enhanced coastal resiliency. The incorporation of a native dune restoration program exemplifies forward-thinking, offering valuable lessons for other jurisdictions to consider.


Pro-Coast Vote

Anti-Coast Vote

Commissioners commended the City for embracing the state's sea level rise guidance and planning principles in the coastal hazards update. They pointed out the City and Coastal Commission staff's successful collaboration is a great example for the entire state to model.

Organizations Opposed

Decision Type

Local Coastal Program Update

Staff Recommendation

Approval with modifications

Coastal Act Policy