For Immediate Release
Board of Supervisors to hold draft Local Coastal Plan Update workshop
SANTA ROSA, CA | August 26, 2022
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is set to hold a workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 30 to review and seek public comment on the Planning Commission Recommended Draft of the Local Coastal Plan Update. The proposed Local Coastal Plan Update will be the first update in 20 years and will be considered for adoption by the board on Oct. 4.
The state requires Sonoma County to develop a Local Coastal Plan to regulate land use, protect coastal resources and guide coastal development. The update to the Local Coastal Plan addresses changing conditions on the coast that have developed over the last several decades, including the need for:
- Adapting to climate change, including sea-level rise.
- Safeguarding public access.
- Protecting water resources.
- Conserving coastal ecosystems.
- Preserving agriculture.
- Mitigating hazards and wildfire resiliency.
The Local Coastal Plan Update will address these areas while making the plan more modern and easier to understand and use. The Planning Commission Recommended Draft was developed in an 11-month-long hearing that involved nine public meetings and 35 hours of deliberation and public input.
This workshop will provide the public with an additional opportunity to review the Planning Commission Recommended Draft before the Board of Supervisors considers adoption of the Local Coastal Plan on Oct. 4. Once adopted, the Local Coastal Plan will be reviewed by the California Coastal Commission and certified for consistency with the California Coastal Act. Once certified, Permit Sonoma will seek additional public input and update the Coastal Zoning Ordinance and Coastal Administrative Manual to implement the Local Coastal Plan policies.
The public may send comments, recommendations, and questions to PRMD-LCP-Update@sonoma-county.org, phone (707) 565-2404, or mail Permit Sonoma, Local Coastal Plan Update, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403.