County of San Diego Local Coastal Program

POD 13-009

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Current Status of Local Coastal Program

The County's Local Coastal Program was certified by the California Coastal Commission on February 10, 2021. The County will assume permitting authority within the unincorporated coastal area beginning Monday March 15th, 2021. Information including the Coastal zoning ordinance and project applications to follow.

On November 18, 2020, the County Board of Supervisors adopted the Local Coastal Program Implementation Plan as modified by the California Coastal Commission. 

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June 26, 2019, the Board of Supervisors adopted the Implementation Plan for the Local Coastal Program. For more information please see below:

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.



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.