The City has been developing a Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan that identifies areas of the City vulnerable to sea-level rise and recommends potential actions that the City could take to adapt over time. The overall process for the Adaptation Plan includes public outreach 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 included a 2018 Sea-Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment that identified areas of the City potentially at risk from increased hazards related to sea-level rise through the year 2100 without any intervention. Follow these links for information on current sea-level rise projections from the State of California and to view interactive sea-level rise hazard maps developed as part of the Vulnerability Assessment.
Following the Vulnerability Assessment, a Draft Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan (Draft Adaptation Plan) was developed that recommends actions that the City could take to mitigate the impacts of sea-level rise. The Draft Adaptation Plan outlines a phased approach to planning for sea-level rise based on monitoring changing shoreline conditions and taking actions to reduce vulnerabilities when defined thresholds are reached. The Draft Adaptation Plan includes detailed recommendations for necessary actions in the next ten years and a structure for future decision-making.
Public release of the Draft Vulnerability Assessment
Public release of the Draft Adaptation Plan
Public outreach and comment period on the Draft Adaptation Plan
Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan Subcommittee consideration of a recommendation on the Draft Adaptation Plan
City Council consideration of the Draft Adaptation Plan and initiation of implementation process
Implementation of plan
Fall 2020 - ongoing
Due to the need to focus on the community's COVID-19 response, the release of the Draft Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan and associated public outreach and comment period have been temporarily postponed. Thank you for your patience. Please email SLRPlan@SantaBarbaraCA.gov with any questions.