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Sea Level Rise

The City of Pacifica is working to modify its draft Local Coastal Program (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.

 

                                          

Status

November 19, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting: Planning Commission provided comments on the Draft LCP Policies.

December 10, 2018 City Council Meeting: City Council authorized staff to incorporate Draft LCP Policies into the Draft LCP.  The Final Draft LCP Policies (December 2018) as authorized by City Council are available under the Deliverables heading below.

2019 Plan Pacifica: The update of the Draft LCP, with the incorporated Final Draft LCP Policies (December 2018), will continue under the Plan Pacifica effort. Plan Pacifica includes updating the City's General Plan and Local Coastal Land Use Plan, as well as creating a Sharp Park Specific Plan. Please visit the Plan Pacifica website (planpacifica.org) for more information and to continue monitoring the progress. Additionally, those on the Sea Level Rise mailing list will automatically be included in the Plan Pacifica mailing list. 

ARCHIVED CITY UPDATES

Deliverables

 

Public Outreach

To find more information on the public outreach events that occurred to support the Sea Level Rise effort,  please visit the Sea Level Rise Public Participation webpage here.

 

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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