Local Coastal Plan – Preliminary Draft
LCP Update – Timeline
||Preliminary Draft LCP
||Public Review Draft LCP
||Revised Draft LCP
Board of Supervisors
||Board Approved LCP
Public Workshop: Sea-Level Rise On Our Coast ~ How Do We Adapt?
November 29, 2016, 4:00-6:00 PM
Public Notice (PDF: 98 kB)
The County of Sonoma is holding a public workshop in Bodega Bay on ways we may adapt to sea-level rise and protect our coast. We have grant money to identify the location and extent of areas that may be inundated due to sea-level rise, assess the vulnerability of these areas, and develop adaptation strategies to minimize the impacts. We invite the community to partner with us in identifying these strategies. After the public workshop, we will prepare a Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan that includes your input for one or two of the most vulnerable areas on our coast.
Purpose of Local Coastal Plan Update
The purpose of the Local Coastal Plan (LCP) 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 five key areas:
- Public Access
- Sea Level Rise
- Biotic Resources
- Geologic Hazards
- Water Quality
The Preliminary Draft LCP is formatted with the same elements of General Plan 2020. The intent of the Local Coastal Plan Update is not to encourage new or increased development. Our current Local Coastal Plan meets the goals of the California Coastal Act to preserve coastal resources, and this Update continues the existing protections. No substantial changes to land use designations or densities are proposed.
Agricultural Resources Element: The Preliminary Draft Agricultural Resources Element includes proposed modifications to existing policies in the current Local Coastal Plan. Additional criteria are proposed to be added, in some cases to clarify policy implementation. General Plan 2020 policies applicable to the Coastal Zone have been added. No changes to Agricultural land use designations, minimum parcel size, or density are proposed.
Agricultural Resources Element Fact Sheet (PDF: 198 kB)
Public Process & Next Steps
PRMD staff and consultants are in the second phase of a four-step process that offers 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 later in 2016. Public hearings will be scheduled before the Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, and California Coastal Commission.
Staff is considering public comment received on the Preliminary Draft LCP and revising the document and maps. Once revisions are complete, a revised Public Review Draft LCP will be made available at PRMD’s office, local libraries and post offices, and on this website.
Thanks to all of you who participated in the public workshops on the Preliminary Draft Local Coastal Plan at The Sea Ranch, Santa Rosa, Monte Rio, Bodega Bay, and Timber Cove. Summary notes are available at the links below. Staff will consider all comments in revising the LCP document and developing policy options for decision makers.
Review Preliminary Draft LCP
- E-Mail: PRMD-LCP-Update@sonoma-county.org
- Letter: Permit & Resource Management Department, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(Attention: Cecily Condon)
- Phone: (707) 565-7383 (Lisa Posternak)
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For accessibility assistance with these documents, please contact the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) at (707) 565-1900.