The City's Local Coastal Program is comprised of a Land Use Plan and an Implementation Plan, originally certified by the California Coastal Commission in 1981 and 1986, respectively. Together these serve as the standard of review for Coastal Development Permits under the City's jurisdiction within the Coastal Zone. In 2014 the City began the process of updating the Local Coastal Program, focusing on the Land Use Plan and maps.
Sea Level Rise is occurring and will continue to increase in the future. The physical risks to Santa Barbara's Coastal Zone include shoreline erosion and degradation, decreased beach widths, amplified storm surges, and inundation of coastal flood waters. There is a need for the City and the community to understand this emerging issue, analyze the risks, and consider possible actions to prepare and adapt to the impacts of sea level rise.
The City has prepared an updated Draft Coastal Land Use Plan that aligns with the California Coastal Act and the local priorities of the City. The Draft Coastal LUP demonstrates the City’s continued commitment to providing access for all to the beach and protection of our natural resources, built environment, and our vibrant public waterfront, all of which make our community so special.