From the beginning of the County’s Local Coastal Program, there has been strong citizen participation. The Preliminary Draft Local Coastal Plan (LCP) was published in June 2015, and five public workshops were held during the summer of 2015. After integrating community feedback, the Public Review Draft(PDF) was published in September 2019, with public workshops to introduce the plan beginning in fall 2019 and finishing in March 2021. Six public workshops and four topic specific workshops were held in 2021. Over 500 members of coastal communities have participated and these workshops generated over 400 comments from individuals, interest groups, agencies, and research organizations.
Public Review Draft Document
The Revised Public Review Draft - June 2021, developed in consideration to the public and agency comments received on the 2019 Draft, is now available. This plan is currently before the Planning Commission for their review, direction, and recommendation.
Public Hearings, Consideration, Review, and Certification
On October 7, 2021, the Sonoma County Planning Commission will continue the virtual public hearing opened on July 26, 2021 to receive public comment, consider recommendations, and provide policy direction on the Public Review Draft of the Local Coastal Plan. Staff is recommending that the Planning Commission consider additional extensions of this hearing to future dates to allow sufficient time for public input and for staff to respond to policy direction from the Commission as a result of the hearing.
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The Planning Commission is only the beginning of the public hearing process. The Planning Commission hearing is not limited to a specific deadline or date and may take multiple meetings to provide direction to staff and finalize the development of the Planning Commission Recommended Draft to the Board of Supervisors. The draft will be scheduled for public hearing(s) before the Board of Supervisors at a later date. Once the Board reviews and adopts the Local Coastal Plan, the Board adopted Local Coastal Plan will go to the Coastal Commission for review and certification in public hearing.
After certification, the Local Coastal Plan will be implemented though an updated Coastal Zoning Ordinance and revised Administration Manual. These documents are subject to the same public review, hearings, and certification process as the Local Coastal Plan, with opportunities for public input and recommendations at each step.