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Coastal Commission Review of Land Use Plan Amendment ( LUPA)

Staff submitted a focused Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) with the California Coastal Commission. The LUPA would modify the LUP relating to:

  • The start date for calculating cumulative changes to an existing structure relative to the “Major Remodel” definition contained in Chapter 7 of the Certified LUP.
  • The land use designation of two southernmost parcels on Coronado Lane from MU4 (Mixed Use-4) to RH (Residential High).

Please click here for the LUPA

Local Coastal Program Overview

On August 10, 2018, the Coastal Commission certified the City’s comprehensive LUP update. To view the final certified LUP, click the following link.

The LUP is the first piece 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 certified 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 2019.

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 City had a public review period on the draft study and revisions are underway to respond to comments. Afterward, the draft will be scheduled for public meetings.


In 2014, the City initiated work on a Comprehensive Land Use Plan (LUP) Update after being awarded a Local Coastal Program (LCP) grant from the Coastal Commission to support the effort. City staff worked to develop a draft LUP and conducted multiple public meetings and hearings to solicit public input on the LUP update. The LUP carries over General Plan policies related to coastal zone, including the Pier Bowl area, and expands upon goals and policies for coastal planning and implementation.

In February 2016, the City submitted the City Council approved LUP to the California Coastal Commission (CCC). Following the formal submittal, City staff and CCC staff coordinated on a regular basis over a period of two years to review and discuss CCC staff proposed changes to the City’s LUP. Discussions focused on both non-substantive changes such as typographical changes, minor edits, changes to figures and chapter reorganizations as well as substantive policy changes. The final changes to the document recommended by CCC staff are known as the suggested modifications. On February 8 2018, the CCC approved the comprehensive LUP with suggested modifications. At its June 12, 2018 public hearing, the City Council approved and adopted the LUP update as modified and approved by the CCC. Then, the CCC certified the LUP on August 8, 2018.

 The City is now preparing an IP for public review, City Council consideration and adoption, and Coastal Commission certification. With the completion of the IP process, the IP will function as the City’s zoning ordinance for the coastal zone, including the Pier Bowl Specific Plan.


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