The City’s Local Coastal Program (LCP) is comprised of a Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP) that was originally certified by the California Coastal Commission (CCC) in 1981 and an Implementation Plan that was originally certified in 1986. 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 LCP, focusing on the Coastal LUP (click here for an overview of the LCP Update). Through that update process, it was identified that additional study was needed on the topics of Sea Level Rise and Lower Cost Overnight Accommodations, so the City embarked on two follow-on studies to the Coastal LUP update. Information on these efforts is found below.
Coastal Land Use Plan Update
In May 2019, the Coastal Commission certified the updated Coastal LUP, with suggested modifications. The updated Coastal LUP modernizes the 1981 Coastal LUP, builds upon the 2011 General Plan, and implements standards that clarify the coastal development review process and align with the California Coastal Act. The updated Coastal LUP demonstrates the City’s continued commitment to providing access for all to the beach, protection of the natural resources and the built environment, and appropriate uses of land including our vibrant waterfront, all of which make Santa Barbara so special.
Lower Cost Overnight Accommodations Study
Statewide, there is a high demand for, and limited supply of, affordable lodging along the coast, which the CCC views as a barrier to the public’s ability to access the coast. Because of this, the CCC requires local governments to adopt policies to preserve existing, and create new, lower cost overnight accommodations, in an effort to facilitate public access. As a result, there is a need study the issue and determine how best to ensure that the Santa Barbara coast is accessible to all.
Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan
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.
These efforts are funded in part by the following: