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Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan Process

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.

Project Schedule

Milestone Timeline
Public release of the Draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment November 2018
Public release of the Draft Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan Spring 2019
Public, stakeholder, Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan Subcommittee, and California Coastal Commission review of the Draft Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan Spring/Summer 2019
City Council consideration of the Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan Summer 2019
Local Coastal Program Amendment Process Fall 2019

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.

Project Contact

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

Latest News

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

Get Involved

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
mhetrick@santabarbaraca.gov
805-564-5470 ext. 4556.

Last Updated: Dec 6, 2018
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