The City has begun the process of developing a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan that will evaluate the City's vulnerabilities to sea level rise and analyze the feasibility, economic impacts, and environmental consequences of various adaptation strategies to address impacts in the low-lying and coastal bluff areas of the City. Findings from the plan will be incorporated into the policies and development standards in the City's Local Coastal Program. The plan is part of a program funded by the California Coastal Commission and California Coastal Conservancy to assist local governments in meeting new State requirements addressing sea level rise. Development of the plan involves stakeholder involvement, a public outreach program, and input from a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan Subcommittee.
The first phase of the Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan is the preparation of a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment. The Draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment identifies areas of the City that are at risk from sea level rise and related hazards through the year 2100 without any intervention. The assessment will inform the development of the Adaptation Plan that will analyze potential adaptation strategies to address coastal hazards associated with sea level rise.
The Draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, along with associated draft hazard maps, is available here. Hard copies of the document will be available for review at:
The City's Planning Division offices (630 Garden Street); and
The Central Library (40 East Anapamu Street).
The City of Santa Barbara hosted a Public Workshop on the Draft Vulnerability Assessment on December 5, 2018. More information on that workshop can be found here.
Public release of the Draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment
Public release of the Draft Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan
Public, stakeholder, Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan Subcommittee, and California Coastal Commission review of the Draft Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan
City Council consideration of the Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan
Local Coastal Program Amendment Process
Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan Subcommittee
A Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan Subcommittee has been formed to provide overall program guidance and input on the social, economic, political, and public outreach aspects of the SLR Adaptation Plan. Information on that subcommittee, its agendas, meeting schedule, and meeting minutes can be found here.
For more information on the Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan please contact Melissa Hetrick, Project Planner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-564-5470 ext. 4556.
The Draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, along with associated draft hazard maps, is availablehere.