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Proposed Local Coastal Plan Update

The County of Sonoma is currently updating the Local Coastal Plan.

Find out more about what the plan is and why we have this plan

URL: sonomacounty.ca.gov/LCP-Update

cameraSonoma Coast Photo Contest!

Permit Sonoma is holding a photo contest to highlight the beautiful Sonoma Coast in preparation for publication of the updated draft of the Sonoma County Local Coastal Plan.

See the contest rules and further information

Purpose

The purpose of this Local Coastal Plan Update is to revise the LCP to reflect policies related to coastal development that were adopted by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in General Plan 2020. In addition, this LCP Update adds new information and policy in the following areas: sea level rise (2100 planning horizon), biotic resources, geologic hazards, water quality, and public access.

The goal of the update is to produce a modern, up-to-date, and easy-to-use document with digital maps. The Update focuses on new information, changed conditions, and policies in these key areas:

  • Agricultural Resources
  • Public Access
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Biotic Resources
  • Geologic Hazards
  • Water Quality

The intent of the Local Coastal Plan Update is not to encourage new or increased development. The current Local Coastal Plan meets the goals of the California Coastal Act to preserve coastal resources, and this Update continues the existing protections.

What is a Local Coastal Program?

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Public Process and Next Steps

From the beginning of the County’s Local Coastal Program, there has been strong citizen participation. The County welcomes and encourages continued public participation in the Local Coastal Program update process. Permit Sonoma staff and consultants are now in the process of updating the Local Coastal Plan, with multiple opportunities for public comment.

The Preliminary Draft Local Coastal Plan (LCP) was published in June 2015, and five public workshops were held during the summer of 2015. Members of the public and interested parties will have additional opportunities to comment and provide input on the LCP Update when the revised LCP documents and maps are circulated for public review in Summer of 2019. Once completed, the Draft LCP will be made available at Permit Sonoma’s website. Public hearings will be scheduled before the Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, and California Coastal Commission meetings.

Upcoming Public Meetings and Documents

The Draft Local Coastal Plan is being written. Workshops to introduce the Draft and facilitate public discussion will be scheduled prior to the Planning Commission hearing.

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Our Local Coastal Plan History

1980 Local Coastal Plan

The process of preparing the Sonoma County Local Coastal Plan (LCP) began in 1978, and from the beginning included strong citizen participation. The Draft LCP was completed and adopted by the Board of Supervisors in May 1980, certified by the Coastal Commission in December 1980, and became effective in January 1981.

However, adoption and certification of The Sea Ranch portion of the LCP was deferred due to disagreement about public access and pending litigation between the developer Oceanic and the Coastal Commission. Following resolution of these issues with a settlement agreement, the County developed the Land Use Plan for The Sea Ranch. In 1982 the Coastal Commission certified The Sea Ranch portion of the LCP and the LCP implementation plan that included the Administrative Manual and the Coastal Zoning Ordinance.

1989 General Plan & Local Coastal Plan

In 1989 the County adopted a new General Plan, which directed the County to update and revise the Local Coastal Plan to be consistent with the new General Plan. In 1993, 1995, 1999, and 2001 the Coastal Commission certified amendments to the LCP, which adopted technical changes to ensure consistency with the General Plan.

2008 General Plan & Local Coastal Plan

In 2001 the County started revising and updating the 1989 General Plan and simultaneously the Local Coastal Plan. The County adopted Sonoma County General Plan 2020 on September 23, 2008. Accordingly, the Local Coastal Plan Update incorporates applicable General Plan 2020 goals, objectives, and policies; and includes objectives and policies unique to the Coastal Zone and the larger Sonoma Coast/Gualala Basin Planning Area.