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Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan

Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan Process

The City is in the process of developing a Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan that provides a planning framework and adaptation options for the City to address increased flooding and erosion hazards as a result of sea-level rise.   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 and City Staff Interdepartmental Sea-Level Rise Team.

In 2019 the City's Coastal Land Use Plan was updated to set in place interim development review policies to address the issue of sea-level rise while the more comprehensive Adaptation Plan process occurs.  The first phase of the Adaptation Plan process was the preparation of a Sea-Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment that identifies areas of the City that are potentially at risk from increased hazards related to sea-level rise through the year 2100 without any intervention. The Draft Sea-Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, along with interactive hazard maps, are available here. Hard copies of the document are available for review at:

  • The City's Planning Division offices (630 Garden Street); and
  • The Central Library (40 East Anapamu Street).

A Draft Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan will be released in February 2020 that will recommend actions the City could take to mitigate the impacts of sea-level rise.  The Adaptation Plan will provide a framework for the City to closely monitor sea-level rise impacts and reduce vulnerabilities in phases, as specific thresholds for action are reached.  The Adaptation Plan will also provide specific recommendations for necessary action sin the near-term (next ten years) and a structure for decision making and further study in the mid- and long-term (beyond ten years).  

Project Schedule



Public release of the Draft Vulnerability Assessment

November 2018

Public release of the Draft Adaptation Plan

February 2020

Public outreach on the Draft Adaptation Plan

February-April 2020

Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan Subcommittee consideration of a recommendation on the Draft Adaptation Plan

Summer 2020

City Council consideration of the Draft Adaptation Plan and initiation of implementation process

Summer 2020

Implementation of recommended actions and reevaluation of Adaptation Plan every 10 years

Fall 2020 - ongoing

Project Contact

For more information on the Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan please contact Melissa Hetrick, Project Planner at or 805-564-5470 ext. 4556.

Latest News

The Draft Sea-Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, along with associated draft hazard maps, is available here.

Stay Informed

To receive updates and notices, click here to create a MySB Quick Subscriptions Account. Scroll down to the Newsletters & Bulletins section and select Local Coastal Plan (LCP) Notifications.  You may also sign up at the same site to obtain agenda notifications for the Sea-Level Rise Subcommittee.

Project Contact

Melissa Hetrick, Project Planner
Community Development Department
805-564-5470 ext. 4556.

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2020
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