Coastal Commission Meeting Descriptions & Vote Charts
The Coastal Commission meets monthly in different coastal communities in California, from Del Norte to San Diego counties. The Commission deliberates on the merits and drawbacks of proposed coastal development projects within the 1.5-million acre, 1,100-mile long California coastal zone. The California Coastal Act itself provides the policies and standards that guide the Commissioners’ decision making.
Each month, ActCoastal selects the most important Commission votes and rates them as being either pro-coast or anti-coast. A description of the issues affected by each vote, as well as a record of individual Commissioners’ votes (pro-coast or anti-coast) and their alternates or absence, appears in the monthly vote charts. Select a meeting name or issue/outcome to read more about Commission conservation decisions.
The Coastal Commission met in Eureka on September 6-8. The busy 3-day meeting featured several important ActCoastal votes on public access, shoreline armoring and sand nourishment.
The Coastal Commission’s June meeting took place virtually over two days on June 7 and 8. The shorter agenda packed several significant votes. The Commission voted to oppose SB 423, an affordable housing bill that would exempt certain coastal development from the Commission’s review, unless it is amended. The Commission also supported AB 80 which creates a working group for monitoring and research impacts to the ocean ecosystem related to offshore wind development. They also approved a correspondence letter from the Commission to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) elevating the need to address the toxic water quality crisis at the U.S.- Mexico border. Additionally, the meeting resulted in an enforcement item approval, penalizing Malibu homeowners for blocking beach access to Escondido Beach. The homeowners are now required to create a new access pathway and public parking along the Pacific Coast Highway. The meeting resulted in two vote charts.
The February Coastal Commission meeting took place virtually over Zoom. On Wednesday, incoming executive director, Dr. Kate Huckelbridge, reported on the 2022 Year in Review report and a summary of the emergency response to the devastation storms in January.
The November Coastal Commission meeting took place in Salinas on November 16-18.
The Coastal Commission’s September meeting took place in Pismo Beach on September 7-9.
The May Coastal Commission meeting took place in Costa Mesa on May 11-13.
The Coastal Commission’s September meeting took place virtually from Wednesday, September 13 to Friday, September 15.