The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC) 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. The actions of the Commission wrap up years of complicated amendments for a portion of the LCP. Once the amendments return to Marin County, the Board of Supervisors will need to accept the amendments and then Marin County will be able to begin work on the final amendment, the environmental hazards sections before the LCP will go into effect.
The proposed modifications approved by the Commission changed the definition of ongoing agriculture, reworded the language around “and necessary for operation of agriculture”, made changes to the requirements for well development and irrigation needs, and addressed commercial zoning preferences within the West Marin villages.
EAC submitted comments to Commission staff to ensure consistency with the previous portions of the LCP that have been certified by the Commission and Marin County Board of Supervisors.
As the Marin County LCP amendments are finalized, EAC will continue to be actively involved in the amendment process and is committed to ensuring that the updated LCP protects and preserves the distinct and valuable natural resources of the coastal zone, protects the community character of West Marin, allows for the widest opportunity for public participation in the process, and provides tools to address climate change and sea-level rise.
The Commission, like EAC, seems concerned with our need to prepare local coastal communities for sea level rise. As the next step in the LCP update process, EAC looks forward to working with Marin County, Commission staff, and stakeholders around the environmental hazards sections so that we can do just that.