County of San Diego Local Coastal Program

POD 13-009

Project Contact: PDS.advanceplanning.@sdcounty.ca.gov

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the of the County of San Diego will conduct a public hearing on a as follows:

HEARING INFORMATION:

  • Date: June 26, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Location: County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 310, San Diego, California  92101
  • APPLICANT: County of San Diego
  • PROJECT/CASE NUMBER: Unincorporated County of San Diego Local Coastal Program (LCP) Implementation Plan (IP) / PDS2013-POD-13-009; PDS2016-REZ-16-007

LCP DOCUMENTS:

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  The County has initiated the development of an LCP for the Coastal Zone within a portion of the San Dieguito Community Plan Area, consistent with the California Coastal Act of 1976.  The LCP area is comprised of approximately 1,050 acres within the unincorporated area of the County of San Diego located east of the Cities of Encinitas and Solana Beach, and north of the City of San Diego. During this public hearing, the Board of Supervisors will evaluate and make a recommendation regarding the LCP IP.  The California Coastal Commission (Coastal Commission) awarded a grant to the County on November 13, 2014, which requires a public hearing to discuss the LCP IP.  The LCP IP must be decided on, by the Board of Supervisors, prior to certification by the Coastal Commission. Upon Coastal Commission certification, the County would assume responsibility for issuing coastal development permits.

ENVIRONMENTAL STATUS: It is recommended that the proposal be determined to be exempt from environmental review pursuant to Section 15265 of the State California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, because a Local Coastal Program is exempt from local CEQA review.

GENERAL INFORMATION: This public hearing is accessible to individuals with disabilities.  If interpreter services for the hearing impaired are needed, please call the hearing secretary at (858) 694-3816, or California Relay Service, if notifying by TDD, no later than seven days prior to the date of the hearing.

The LCP documents are also available for review below.

NOTE:  If you challenge the action which may be taken on this proposal in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the above public hearing, or in written correspondence delivered to the Hearing Body at or before the hearing.  Rules of the Hearing Body may limit or impose requirements upon the submittal of such written correspondence.

HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS:
Comments on the Implementation Plan may be submitted to the following address:

Planning & Development Services
5510 Overland Avenue, Suite 310
San Diego, CA 92123
PDS.advanceplanning.@sdcounty.ca.gov

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Current Status of Local Coastal Program

On September 12, 2018 (3), the Board of Supervisors (Board) approved the LUP. On December 13, 2018, the Coastal Commission determined that the approved LUP was legally adequate. A link to the adopted LUP is found below. The next step is for the County to finalize preparation of the Local Coastal Program (LCP) Implementation Plan or IP. 

The previous actions relating to the LUP are provided below.

Local Coastal Program History

On January 25, 2017 (2), the County Board of Supervisors approved the LUP for the San Dieguito Community Plan Area. On May 11, 2017, the Coastal Commission preliminarily certified the LUP, as approved by the Board of Supervisors and further modified several LUP policies, to put in place further protections of the Coastal Zone. These policy modifications included: 1) Excepting within the right-of-way, limiting the expansion of new multi-use trails to two additional linear miles, for a total of six linear trail miles, within or adjacent to Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas (ESHA); 2) adding language to clarify that approvals of new trails in the coastal zone are appealable to the Coastal Commission; 3) adding language to consider sea level when applying future setbacks and buffers; and 4) revising how building height is measured, while preserving the maximum building heights currently allowed by the County Zoning Ordinance.

On November 12, 2014, the Coastal Commission awarded a planning grant to the County to update the Local Coastal Program (LCP) for the portion of the County within the coastal zone. The LCP covers approximately two square miles of land in the community of San Dieguito and includes San Dieguito Park. The purpose of the LCP is to guide development within the coastal zone, provide ground rules for future development and protect coastal resources. The LCP includes a Land Use Plan (LUP) and an Implementation Plan (IP) that are reviewed separately by the California Coastal Commission.

With an updated and certified LCP, the County will be able to assume responsibility for issuing coastal development permits, which will streamline the development review process for property owners by eliminating the need to go to the Coastal Commission for approval. 

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