The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin presented public testimony to the California Coastal Commission (Commission) on Wednesday concerning the Marin County Local Coastal Program (LCP) amendments. The Commission voted unanimously to certify LCP amendments in areas that focused on agricultural development and definitions, and community zoning concerns. It was the first time in the LCP’s long history that the Commission staff recommended approval as submitted.
At the December 11th hearing, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to move the LCP amendments forward to the Coastal Commission. The amendments will likely be before the Coastal Commission in February 2019 at the North Central meeting when EAC will likely raise additional concerns to the Commission.
On October 11th, the Marin County Planning Commission (Planning Commission) considered proposed amendments and modifications to the Local Coastal Program (LCP), specifically Amendments Nos. 3 (Implementation Plan related to agriculture) and 7 (remaining Implementation Plan sections), Land Use Policy C-PK-3 and related LCP map changes. In advance of the hearing, EAC submitted written comments highlighting our concerns with the County’s proposed language modifications.
Today, the Coastal Commission considered Marin County's submission of amendments 1, 2, and 6 at their monthly meeting. The Commission unanimously concurred in the Executive Director's determination that these amendments are legally adequate. Commissioner Peskin thanked the Commission staff for their work with the County.
April 24, 2018 - The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve Local Coastal Program amendments 1, 2, and 6, supporting their staff's recommendation. They did not approve amendments 3 (agriculture) and 7 (definitions). This is consistent with the Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA) staff recommendations.
Tell your supervisors to accept the LCP amendments at the hearing or by submitting comments by April 19th! Let us know if you can join us at the hearing. There is a lot of opposition to a full acceptance of the LCP amendments (although this is the only real option), so we could really use your support on this issue!
Marin County Board of Supervisors will consider the acceptance of the Marin County Local Coastal Program Amendments (LCPA) at the April 24, 2018 Board of Supervisors meeting. The meeting comes on the heels of the March 20, 2018 LCPA workshop held by Marin County.
Most of Marin County's LCPA was conditionally certified over a year ago. At that time, the directions from the former Coastal Commissioner were clear, return to the Commission with an updated Environmental Hazards Chapter in six-months. The intention was clear, the Commission Chair modified the definition of "on-going agriculture" and moved to wrap up the eight-year amendment as soon as possible.
In 2017, we saw some progress towards the non-Environmental Hazards LCP sections being approved by Marin County at a Board of Supervisors hearing in May 2016, even though there are some issues with the Board resolution and the County has not submitted anything to the Coastal Commission for sign off by the Executive Director.
Following the November 2016 Coastal Commission decision to remove the Environmental Hazards chapter from the LCPA certification, this created a requirement for the Coastal Commission to revisit the Hazards chapter by September 29, 2017. Action would be required to either certify the Hazards chapter in its 2016 version or withdraw it from consideration.
The proposed Marin LCP amendments to the Land Use Plan (LUP) and the Implementation Plan (IP) with the exception of the Environmental Hazards sections (to be revisited at a later date) were approved, subject to revisions to the definition of ongoing agriculture as Commissioner Kinsey requested at the November hearing. The Coastal Commission gave Marin County until May 2, 2017 to accept the Coastal Commission's suggested modifications or the approval would expire