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Coastal Land Uses

These chapters include the Coastal Land Use Map and overarching Land Use policies. The existing land use designations in the City’s Coastal Zone are compatible with Coastal Act policies that encourage and protect visitor-serving uses (e.g., hotels, motels, parks, and Stearns Wharf), beach access and recreational uses, and coastal-dependent and related uses (e.g., the Harbor) as higher priority land uses in the Coastal Zone. These land uses are important to the economic wellbeing of the entire community.

The Draft Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP) Land Use Map (Figure 2.1-1) illustrates limited changes to land use designations from the certified Land Use Maps of the 1981 Coastal LUP (Overall Coastal Zone and Waterfront). These changes were previously adopted by City Council as LCP Amendments and as part of the General Plan Map adopted by the City in 2013. This map however was not certified by the CCC and therefore, is not in effect in the Coastal Zone.

As part of the LCP Update process, a General Plan Map Amendment is proposed to bifurcate the City’s adopted General Plan Map (2013) at the Coastal Zone boundary to create a stand-alone General Plan Land Use Map for the Inland and Airport Areas and a LCP Amendment is proposed to create a stand-alone General Plan Land Use Map for the Coastal Zone.

The LCP Amendment will also unbundle the consolidation (done as a part of the 2011 General Plan Map and carried forward to the adopted 2013 General Plan Map) of three land use designations in the Coastal Zone that resulted in changing the CCC certified Hotel & Related Commerce I and II and Coastal-Oriented Commercial land use designations to Ocean-Related Commercial/Medium High Residential land use designation (as illustrated here). The changes to the land use designation name does not change the type, density or intensity of land uses allowed.

Most of the land within the Coastal Zone is either already developed or public park land. Future development will largely occur as redevelopment and any new development will be located in or near already developed areas.

Policies in this chapter clarify the procedures for existing nonconforming structures and define when an existing structure is redeveloped enough to be considered a new structure that must conform to all the policies of the Coastal Land Use Plan.

The Draft Coastal LUP does not include any new policies addressing short term rentals (vacation rentals) or accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Any new policies or regulations on these land uses would occur outside of the current Coastal Land Use Plan Update.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2018
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