County of San Diego Local Coastal Program

POD 13-009

Current Status of Local Coastal Program

On September 12, 2018, the County Board of Supervisors is tentatively scheduled to review and to decide whether to accept the Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan (LUP), with the California Coastal Commission’s suggested policy modifications. The previous actions relating to the LUP) are provided below.

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.

Local Coastal Program History

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. The LCP is expected to be completed by spring 2019.

Questions about the LCP update can be directed to Dennis Campbell at or 858-505-6380.