Coastal Advisory Comittee

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Smith, Michael

  • Departments:Community Development
  • Divisions:Coastal Advisory Committee
  • Title:Commissioner
  • Phone:(949) 361-8204
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michaelsmith1Planning Commissioner and Alternat to the Design Review Subcommittee.

Leadership San Clemente Program,  June, 2012. 
Commissioner for City of San Clemente, Beaches, Parks and Recreation Commission, June, 2012 - 14. Liaison Member to the Coastal Advisory Committee, June 2012 - 14. Director, Friends of San Clemente Foundation, 2014.  Board Member Shorecliffs Beach Club, 2014.  Mayor's Advisory Committee for the rezoning  overlay of Shorecliffs Neighborhood , 2006. California State University, Fullerton Sustainability Committee, 2008.

I have had 45 year career as a Licensed Architect in California practicing in a number of different public and private sector management roles within the Construction Industry. My professional experience includes architectural design, planning , project management and teaching. I have worked all over California including:  Sacramento, Berkeley, San Francisco and San Jose.  Most recently,  I retired from the California State University, Fullerton in 2011 as the Director of Design and Construction. During my 18 year tenure there, I had the great opportunity to help direct and manage the completion of over 22 Major Campus Projects totaling over one half billion dollars in capital funding . With the addition of new these buildings, the CSUF campus doubled in size and made it now one of California's largest Universities in the state.

At  15, I moved from Holland , Michigan to Sacramento where I went to Sacramento High School. From there, I went on to the University of California, Berkeley where I completed both my undergraduate degree in Environmental Design and Masters of Architecture and Master Planning. While at UCB,  I received a teaching fellowship and helped teach several architectural design courses.

My wife Christine and I moved from the Bay Area to San Clemente in 1994 where we found our "ocean view dream home" in  the Shorecliffs neighborhood. We  consider ourselves extremely lucky  and truly fortunate to live and thrive in such a beautiful community. We love San Clemente and plan on continuing  to volunteer and help serve and preserve the City which we love. For fun we enjoy our Beach Club where we meet our friends and neighbors and I get to boogie board and play paddle tennis. We also like to play golf together throughout Southern California. We love to travel the world where we enjoy studying art and architecture and experiencing new cultures,  exotic wines and of course, great food. We know how blessed we are to be able to do all this wonderful stuff and live in Paradise too !

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What is the purpose of the Coastal Advisory Committee?

The purpose of the Coastal Advisory Committee is to serve in an advocacy role to outside agencies, organizations and individuals to address the beach as a treasured resource in terms of its recreational and economic benefits.  The City has experienced a dramatic loss of beach sand, which has caused damage to beach facilities.  Also, urban runoff and how it affects water quality has become an imminent concern to the City.

When and where do they meet?

The Coastal Advisory Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., Community Center 100 N. Seville in the Ole Hanson Fireside Room.

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How can I present comments to the Coastal Advisory Committee?

The Coastal Advisory Committee represents you, the citizen. Your input is important. Members of the audience who wish to address the Committee are requested to complete one of the forms near the entrance of the meeting room and submit it to the Chairperson.

Who is on the Coastal Advisory Committee and how do they get their positions?

The Coastal Advisory Committee consists of seven citizens who are appointed by the City Council to 2-year terms. A few months before committee member terms expire, the City Clerk posts information on how interesed citizens may apply for appointment to the committee.

I want to speak at a Coastal Advisory Committee. What do I do?

To speak at a Coastal Advisory Committee meeting, members of the audience are requested to complete one of the forms near the entrance of the meeting room and submit it to the Chairperson.

How can I serve on the Coastal Advisory Committee?

To become a member of the Coastal Advisory Committee citizens are asked to file an application with the City Clerk, prior to an interview and selection by the City Council.  These selections normally occur in June of each year, or at other times when a vacancy on the Committee occurs.  For more information on applications for Coastal Advisory Committee please send an email to or Staff Contact: Cynthia Mallett – Environmental Programs Supervisor (949) 361-8204

Click here to obtain an application for the Coastal Advisory Committee.

How do I get an agenda or minutes of the Coastal Advisory Committee?

Agendas are available online under Coastal Advisory Committee / Agendas.  Agendas should be available by the Friday before the next scheduled meeting.   Minutes are available online under Coastal Advisory Committee / Minutes.

Where do I find out more information about the Coastal Advisory Committee?

You are welcome to E-Mail or call us for more information at (949) 361-6143.