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City of San Clemente Local Coastal Program (LCP) Webpage Update – December 2017

The California Coastal Commission Will Have

Initial Public Hearing on City's LUP on

Thursday,  December 14, 2017 in Dana Point

To view the notice of public hearing please Click Here

The California Coastal Commission will have am initial public hearing on, and Commission discussion of, the City of San Clemente’s request for a Comprehensive Update to the certified Land Use Plan (LUP). The Commission vote on the proposed San Clemente Comprehensive LUP Update will occur following a public hearing at a subsequent meeting. 


DATE:  Thursday, December 14, 2017

TIME : Hearing starts at 9:00 am

ITEM NO: Th19a

PLACE:  Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point CA 92629

PHONE:  (415) 407-3211


LCP Status Update

The City of San Clemente continues to make progress on its Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP) update with the goal being California Coastal Commission (CCC) certification of a Local Coastal Program (LCP). The adoption of a new LCP will give the City more control over approving projects within the City’s Coastal Zone and will streamline the Coastal Development Permit review process for applicants. 

The City’s LCP consists of (1) a LUP and (2) a Local Implementation Plan (IP or LIP) (i.e., zoning ordinances and maps which together meet the Coastal Act requirements and implement its provisions and policies within the City.  While the Draft LUP is complete and is being processed by the CCC, the City’s Draft IP is in the early stages of development and is anticipated to be available for public review and comment in the Summer or Fall of 2017.

In addition, the City received an LCP Planning Grant in the amount of $135,000 from the CCC in 2017 to prepare a Sea Level Rise (SLR) Assessment and Vulnerability Study to identify facilities and infrastructure along the coast that may be at risk in the future with rising sea levels.  The SLR study is just getting underway and a public information and outreach meeting on this effort will be conducted in the Fall of 2017.  Please check this webpage for more information.

On February 2, 2016, the City Council approved the Draft LUP. To view the approved LUP please click here.  The Draft LUP was submitted to the CCC on March 17, 2016 and the application was assigned application number LCP-5-SCL-16-0012-1.

On April 1, 2016, CCC staff notified the City that, due to existing LCP workload and staffing constraints, a full review of the LUP update submittal was not possible during the initially allotted ten-day period and also requested additional information to aid in the review of the LUP submittal for completeness. Some of the requested information was emailed to Commission staff on June 24, 2016, and hardcopies were received on September 2, 2016. Copies of the remaining requested material were emailed to Commission staff on November 11, 2016, and hardcopies were received on November 15, 2016. After reviewing the transmitted documents, CCC staff notified the City that the application was the officially deemed complete as of November 15, 2016.

Per the Coastal Act, an LUP amendment must be scheduled for a public hearing and the CCC must take action within 90 days of the complete submittal which would have been February 13, 2017. Coastal Act Section 30517 and Section 13535(c) of the Coastal Commission Regulations state that the CCC may extend the 90-day time limit for up to one additional year. In this case, a time extension was necessary to allow CCC staff to review the City’s LUP submittal.  The CCC approved a one year extension in January 2017 and the CCC will need to take action on the City’s LUP Amendment no later than February 13, 2018. 

City Staff and the CCC staff continue to coordinate on a regular basis to review the Draft LUP Chapters to get initial feedback from CCC staff on the policies and general content of the submittal.  The next anticipated milestone on this project will be a public hearing of the CCC to consider approval of the City’s Draft LUP. 

Please check this webpage for more information which will be updated as additional information becomes available.

LCP Update Background and History

On August 21, 2014, the City held a public workshop to get the public's input on the developing Local Coastal Program. The City noticed all property owners that live along coastal canyons, bluffs, and individuals that requested to be on the interested parties list. At the meeting a presentation was given that outlined what a Local Coastal Program is and what the process is for the City to obtain approval. To view the presentation click here.  

On January 8 and January 15, 2015, the Coastal Advisory Committee (CAC) and the  Beaches, Parks, and Recreation Commission (BPRC) reviewed the draft LUP and provided comments to staff and heard input from the public on the draft.  

On April 22, 2015, The Planning Commission had a Study Session open to the public where staff provided an introduction to the draft Coastal Land Use Plan. The first Planning Commission public hearing was held on May 12, 2015, where chapters 1-4 of the LUP were reviewed. Here is the link to the  Planning Commission Study Session packet. You can also obtain the staff report, draft Land Use Plan, biological inventory, and public comments received to-date in these links provided. 

On June 9, 2015 the Planning Commission reviewed the remaining chapters (5-7) of the LUP. The Planning Commission also reviewed the edits that address the comments received on chapters 1-4 from the previous public hearing. The staff report, revised draft LUP, and attachments can be found here.

On June 24, 2015, the Planning Commission held their third public hearing for the review and draft of the Coastal Land Use Plan. Links to the agenda, staff report, draft LUP, and attachments are available here.

On June 30, 2015, the Planning Commission forwarded the revised draft to the City Council with a recommendation for approval. The final Planning Commission draft can be found here.

On December 15, 2015, the City Council held a public hearing for the review of the draft LUP.  Links to the agenda, staff report, draft LUP, and attachments are available here. The City Council's review of the LUP was continued to January 19, 2016. A draft of the staff report, Resolution, revised LUP, and attachments will be provided approximately one week before the public hearing.

On January 19, 2016, the City Council held the second public hearing for the review of the draft LUP. Links to the agenda, staff report, draft LUP, and attachments are available here. At the meeting the City Council continued the review of the draft LUP to February 2, 2016.

On January 19, 2016, the City Council did not review the Coastal Land Use Plan and continued it to the February 2, 2016 public hearing. To view the staff report, resolution, draft LUP and attachments click here.

If you have questions please contact Leslea Meyerhoff, Project Manager, at 760-845-8028 or by email at Leslea.Meyerhoff@att.net