Local Coastal Programs in California's Central Coast Region

From CCoWS Wiki
Revision as of 16:08, 7 April 2016 by Kristenh (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search

A watershed-related topic examined by the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB.

Local Coastal Programs

One key role of the CCC is overseeing the creation and regulation of Local Coastal Programs (LCPs). LCPS are local county or city agencies which undertake the responsibilities of permitting for their particular coastal region. These LCPs are overseen and certified by the CCC.[1] For areas with Certified LCP's, the Commission does not issue Coastal Development permits (except in certain areas where the Commission retains jurisdiction, i.e. public trust lands), and is instead responsible for reviewing amendments to a local agency's LCP, or reviewing Coastal Development Permits issued by local agencies which have been appealed to the Commission. [2]

A Local Coastal Program is composed of a Land Use Plan and an Implementation Plan. A Land Use Plan details the Land Uses which are permissible in each part of the local government's area, and specifies the general policies which apply to each Land Use. The Land Use can be a part of a local government's general plan. The Implementation Plan is responsible for implementing the policies contained in the Land Use Plan. The Implementation Plan is generally a part of the City's Zoning code. [1]

Many of the 76 coastal counties and cities have elected to divide their coastal zone jurisdictions into separate geographic segments, resulting in some 128 separate LCP segments. As of 2011, approximately 72% of the LCP segments have been effectively certified, representing about 85% of the geographic area of the coastal zone, and local governments are issuing coastal permits in these areas. To determine the status of the LCP in any given geographic area, contact the appropriate district office of the Coastal Commission or see the current LCP Status Report and maps of LCPs.

Local Coastal Programs within the Central Coast Area

Image 2. Map of Local Coastal Programs on the Central Coast.


This page may contain students's work completed as part of assigned coursework. It may not be accurate. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion or policy of CSUMB, its staff, or students.


  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ccc
  2. CCC Program Overview