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Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan Cover ImageIn February 2021, the City adopted a Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan that identifies areas of the City vulnerable to sea-level rise and recommends potential actions that the City can take to adapt over time. The overall process for the Adaptation Plan has included 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 Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan (Adaptation Plan) was developed that recommends actions that the City can take to mitigate the impacts of sea-level rise. The 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 Adaptation Plan includes detailed recommendations for necessary actions in the next ten years and a structure for future decision-making.


Project Schedule



Public release of the Draft Vulnerability Assessment

November 2018

Public release of the Draft Adaptation Plan

August 11, 2020

Public outreach and comment period on the Draft Adaptation Plan

August 11 - September 30, 2020

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

October-December 2020

City Council adopts Adaptation Plan and initiates implementation process

February 2021

Implementation of plan


Latest News

On February 2, 2021, City Council unanimously adopted the Final Draft Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan and directed staff to begin implementation of the plan through a new Sea-Level Rise Implementation Program for the City. 

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 Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan 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: May 3, 2021
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