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Phase 2 - Local Coastal Program Update

This phase consists of a comprehensive update to the city’s Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan. The Local Coastal Program ensures that development within the city’s coastal zone protects and enhances coastal resources and is consistent with the California Coastal Act

The objectives of the Local Coastal Program update include: 

  • Ensure the land use plan is consistent with the California Coastal Act, the Carlsbad Community Vision and the city’s General Plan.
  • Update and add new policies consistent with the California Coastal Commission Local Coastal Program Update Guide (Part 1).  Updated and new policies address land use, visitor-serving uses, recreation, public access to the coast, agriculture, cultural and scenic resources, environmentally sensitive habitat, water quality, and coastal hazards – sea level rise, flood, geologic, and fire. 
  • Format the document to ensure it is user-friendly and easy to administer.
  • Develop new detailed, parcel-level maps that clearly delineate the boundaries of the Coastal Zone, Coastal Commission’s permit jurisdiction and Coastal Commission’s appeal area.

Status of Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan Update

The draft land use plan below was released for public review in October 2019. An informational meeting was held on Oct. 29, 2019, to provide an overview of the updates made to the plan and answer questions. Public hearings with the Planning Commission and City Council are anticipated to be scheduled in fall 2020. If approved by the City Council, staff will present the final draft Local Coastal Program and associated documents to the California Coastal Commission for final approval.

Draft Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan

How Existing Local Coastal Program Policies are addressed in the draft LCP

Redline of Existing Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan

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For more information, contact planning@carlsbadca.gov