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City of Carlsbad has updated its Local Coastal Program.

The City of Carlsbad has released an update to the Local Coastal Program, a plan for how land can be used in the coastal zone. The draft plan is now available for public review and comment.

The latest updates to the plan include new sections on the following:

  • Sea level rise: What hazards affect Carlsbad’s coastline due to sea level rise and how the city will address these hazards
  • Lower-cost visitor accommodations: Protection of lower-cost visitor accommodations to provide access to the coast at a range of affordability levels
  • Scenic coast viewshed protection: How the city will protect public views of the coast

Additional updates have also been made to sections of the plan that address land use, recreation, public access to the coast, protection of sensitive environmental resources, agriculture and coastal hazards (flooding, geologic and fire).

Cities along the coast of California are required to prepare a Local Coastal Program to show how they will comply with the Coastal Act and “ensure maximum public access to the coast and public recreation areas.” In Carlsbad, about 37% of the city is in the coastal zone.

Updates to the Local Coastal Program will also make the policies in Carlsbad’s coastal zone consistent with the city’s updated General Plan, the blueprint for how to use and manage the city’s physical, social and economic resources.

An informational meeting will be held on Oct. 29 to provide an overview of the updates to the plan and answer questions. Public hearings with the Planning Commission and City Council will be scheduled in early 2020. If approved by the City Council, staff will present the final draft Local Coastal Program and associated documents to the California Coastal Commission for final approval.

Informational Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
6 to 8 p.m.
Faraday Administration Center
1635 Faraday Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Comments should be provided via mail or email by Nov. 29, 2019 to:

Melanie Saucier
Associate Planner
1635 Faraday Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008


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