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Sea Level Rise

The City of Pacifica is working to modify its draft Local Coastal Plan (LCP) update by incorporating findings of how sea level rise and erosion will impact social, economic, and physical coastal resources including homes, businesses, and critical facilities and infrastructure; and strategies that will prepare the City to deal with these impacts. Support for this effort is provided in part by the California Coastal Commission and the Coastal Conservancy.

                                                               

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PUBLIC OUTREACH EVENTS

To find more information on the public outreach events please visit the Sea Level Rise Public Participation webpage here.

Get involved!  Public involvement is an important element of the process to update the Draft LCP.  We will be hosting several meetings and workshops during the various tasks to seek input from stakeholder and technical advisory groups and the general public.  Additionally, staff will conduct further outreach efforts to spread awareness and obtain additional input from Pacificans.  Please request to join our mailing list to receive updates on the status of the project and public outreach events regarding the Draft LCP update.

FAQ's - Local Coastal Plan Update & Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning (updated 4/26/2018)

GIS TOOLS!  Please read the User Guide or view the tutorial video (MP4) prior to accessing the webviewers: Asset Data and Hazard Zone GIS-webviewer and Multi-Scenario Hazard GIS-webviewer.

City Updates

  • 11/9/2018 - Comments received from stakeholders prior to the upcoming Planning Commission meeting (11/19/2018 at 6:00pm) have been posted below. Future batches of comments will be uploaded to this webpage as they're received.
  • 11/7/2018 - The City's Draft LCP Policies (November 2018) document has been posted under the Deliverables heading below. The Planning Commission will provide input on the Draft LCP Policies on November 19, 2018. The Planning Commission meeting starts at 6:00pm and will occur at the Council Chambers (2212 Beach Blvd., Pacifica, CA 94044). The staff report for this meeting is available at http://pacificacityca.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx.
  • 10/22/2018 - The Coastal Commission provided comments on the City's Draft LCP Policies. A link to this comment letter has been added under the Resources, Sea Level Rise Hazard Data and Adaptation Guidance headings below.

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Deliverables

Comments Received Prior to 11/19/2018 Planning Commission Meeting:

City Council Progress Updates:

 

Background

In August 2016, the City of Pacifica was awarded an $188,000 Local Assistance Grant by the California Coastal Commission to conduct a vulnerability and risk assessment and develop an adaptation plan to address the effects that sea level rise could have on coastal resources along the shoreline of Pacifica.

The City of Pacifica's goal is to modify its draft Local Coastal Plan (LCP) update by incorporating findings from vulnerability and risk assessments and a standalone adaptation plan.  Specifically, the City will evaluate how sea level rise and erosion will impact social, economic, and physical coastal resources including homes, businesses, and critical facilities and infrastructure, and develop strategies that will prepare the City to deal with these impacts.  To achieve these goals, the City has the following objectives:

  1. Measure the degree of vulnerability posed to Pacifica's social, economic and physical coastal resources, including beaches, bluffs, roadways, residences, businesses, pump stations, and other critical infrastructure, by examining the risks and sensitivities associated with sea level rise, erosion and coastal flooding.
  2. Ensure consistency with larger regional vulnerability assessment efforts, including but not limited to Sea Change San Mateo County (SMC), to strengthen the regional fabric of resilience.  The vulnerability and risk assessments will be used to prioritize key areas with sea level rise strategies as part of the adaptation plan.
  3. Create an adaptation plan that identifies effective shoreline accommodation, protection, and retreat strategies through rigorous analysis of Our Coast, Our Future (OCOF) (sea level rise and storm surge model/tool) sea level rise scenarios and community/stakeholder input.  Once designed, the adaptation plan will be designed to work as a standalone strategic plan, including short-term prioritized actions and will include specific measures and language to be included in the City's LCP and LCP Land Use Plan (LUP)).  The adaptation plan will include the following components that the City will draw on to update its LCP: Existing Conditions Report, Key Asset Manager Surveys/Responses, Technical Studies, Adaptation Strategies, and Prioritized Implementation Plan.

Resources

City Documents

Regional Assessments and Adaptation Projects

Sea Level Rise Hazard Data and Adaptation Guidance

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