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    O.W.'s Avatar

    Local Coastal Plan Update being pushed through by County, action needed

    Dear Friends and Neighbors,

    Your coast needs you now. The County is rushing through the Updated Local Coastal Plan for approval vote at the end of the month. This is a long document to review so the public needs more time. Concerned citizens so far has discovered that the endangered species area has been greatly scaled back and the former threatened and potential endangered species areas totally eliminated. This will pave the way for commercialization and development of our fragile coast.

    The update will be with us for years so now is the time to send an email to the county to slow this down and give us citizens a chance to review. Coastwalk has a clear and easy way to participate. We are the coast's advocates, please take action.

    Local Coastal Plan Update It has been over 4 years since the release of the ‘Preliminary Draft Local Coastal Plan (2015)”. Due to the massive public response raised in public comment and during LCP workshops –Permit Sonoma (PRMD) pulled the Preliminary Draft LCP. On September 26, 2019, PRMD posted the current 2019 Local Coastal Plan (LCP) Update–it is substantially revised and merits rounds of public workshops similar to last go around (there were 7 in 2015) and opportunity for the public to review this massive and critical land use document to provide meaningful comment.

    The timeline proposed currently for opportunity for public comment prior to the revised draft being heard before the Planning Commission has not been clearly defined but the suggested timeline is not sufficient. It is important that adequate time be provided to ensure “meaningful public participation” which is mandated in the Coastal Act.

    The LCP is a large document and a critical one for the Sonoma Coast as it is THE document that controls all future development for 55 miles of the Sonoma Coastal Zone and ensures equitable public access to the coast and protection of critical coastal resources (including environmentally sensitive habitat areas). It is the controlling document for the Coast going forward and we will have to live with/by this document for the foreseeable future.
    We deserve to be allotted the time and the public participation process commensurate with the document's critical importance to the future of the Coast.Please get involved-protection of the California and Sonoma Coast is our legacy-it was the citizens of Sonoma County who fought for these protections and ensured passage of the Coastal Act. Let’s make sure that the legacy of coastal preservation continues.

    Get Involved -Please Take the Following 6 Initial Steps:

    1. Take the PRMD LCP Survey to request that workshops and written comment period is provided for. Get on the mailing list for LCP updates such as schedule of workshops or hearings by going to and in the right column there is a “Follow Us” link where you can submit your email address
    2. Email [email protected] cc Lynda Hopkins: [email protected] and Coastal Commission Stephanie Rexing: [email protected] and begin by stating why protection of the Sonoma Coast matters to you and then request that there be meaningful public participation in the LCP update process as required by the Coastal Act by ensuring that:
      • Adequate time is provided to the public to review the Updated Local Coastal Plan prior to public workshops are scheduled (minimum of 4 weeks from date of release-September 26th, 2019)
      • That the County schedule a minimum of 5 public workshops - 3 on Coast in Bodega Bay, Timber Cove, & Sea Ranch and 2 inland
      • That the County make printed copies of the Updated LCP available to check out from all coastal post offices and Sonoma County Libraries as well as reasonably priced printed copies for purchase from PRMD.
      • That the County form an Advisory Committee to the Coastal MAC made up of a variety of citizens from thorough out the County who have expertise in land use, ocean policy, conservation, affordable housing, fire safety, and water quality. (For the original draft of our Local Coastal Plan there were at least 5 Technical Advisory Committees formed each made up of 8-12 citizens with expertise in the above listed areas-no such committees have been formed for this current updated LCP)
    3. Begin by reading the “Introduction to the LCP” (26 pages) -you can either download the entire document as a PDF by linking to the “Public Review Draft Local Coastal Plan All Sections & Appendices” or open and download it section by section here

      Reading the introduction will help you understand the history and background plus explain the purpose and content of each section or “element”. The introduction also has a chart which shows where existing LCP chapters and policies have been moved to in this new draft.
    4. Next-Read the Introduction to each Element by opening that link-these are usually just 1-2 paragraphs and explain the purpose of that element.
    5. Check out the “Policy Comparison Tables” at the bottom of the Update page which identify the policies that have been either“Removed, Replaced, or Revised” for each section.
    6. Decide which element you have the most background or experience with and start reading and comparing…take notes and share your concerns.
    *People ... Know the coast as the geographic soul of California. You can’t take our relationship with the [California] coast for granted because it took a lot of sweat, blood and tears to preserve it so we have what we have today. These things didn’t just happen. The coast is what it is because of a lot of people worked really hard and sacrificed to protect it. And if we want it to be there for our children, we have to keep fighting to protect it. In that way, the coast is never saved, it’s always being saved.” Peter Douglas, past Executive Director, California Coastal Commission.We can do this!Cea HigginsExecutive DirectorCoastwalk/California Coastal Trail Association [email protected]
    Last edited by Barry; 10-03-2019 at 12:25 PM.
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    Re: Local Coastal Plan Update being pushed through by County, action needed

    New information from Lynda Hopkins. Thank you for all the emails to get full public review.

    From: PRMD-LCP-Update
    Date: 10/2/2019 3:25:17 PM
    Cc: Lynda Hopkins; [email protected]
    Subject: RE: Sonoma County LCP Update

    We are working on getting a detailed schedule onto our project website now.
    In the meantime we are planning on the following:

    1. Public Workshops will be starting at the end of October to be held through November, including workshops on the coast and a workshop in Santa Rosa held with the Planning Commission.
    2. January 2020 The first public hearing before the Planning Commission
    3. Spring 2020 The Board of Supervisors Hearing(s)
    4. Finally, Coastal Commission in the Summer 2020
    Details for each workshop with be posted and noticed as they are scheduled, with a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice, though we intend on providing more.
    We are working on identifying the appropriate locations and costs for print copies of the draft.
    Comments are welcome in writing throughout the process and during the workshops and Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, and Coastal Commission Hearings.

    I hope this information is helpful, there are still several months ahead of comment opportunities for the Local Coastal Plan Update process.
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    Re: Local Coastal Plan Update being pushed through by County, action needed

    Due to the recent wildfires, the Local Coastal Plan series of public workshops has been rescheduled.
    The workshops below are cancelled:
    Timber Cove, November 5th
    Santa Rosa, November 21st

    The first public workshop in the series will now be at The Sea Ranch.
    Sunday, November 17, 2019
    12 PM -2 PM
    Del Mar Hall
    40600 Leeward RD
    The Sea Ranch

    According to PRMD, "additional public workshops in the series are currently being rescheduled. Details for each workshop will be released as soon as they are confirmed. The series will continue to include a minimum of four public meetings in advance of the first public hearing".
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