The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Tuesday on a proposed local coastal program for the Santa Monica Mountains. The program sets in place a comprehensive set of standards for conservation and development in more than 50,000 acres of land between the 101 Freeway and the ocean.
The California Coastal Act of 1976 established policies designed to guide development in ways that would protect habitats, resources and recreational access in areas along the coast. Amendments in the 1980s mandated that all local governments within a zone along the coast must develop land use and implementation projects designed to protect coastal resources.
The project has support from several local stakeholders, including homeowners groups and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The Santa Monica Mountains Task Force of the Sierra Club sent a letter to the board in support of the draft plan.
From the letter:
Key points that the SMMTF finds essential and supports are:
1. RESOURCE PROTECTION HAS PRIORITY OVER DEVELOPMENT.
2. FOUNDED UPON A JOINT SCIENTIFIC EFFORT OF BOTH ENTITIES.
3. EXCEEDS THE LEVEL OF PROTECTION OF CURRENT COASTAL IN THE COASTAL ZONE.
4. PROHIBITS DEVELOPMENT IN THE MOST SENSITIVE HABITAT AREAS.
5. HIGH LEVELS OF PROTECTION FOR WALTER QUALITY.
6. FOCUS ON CONTROL OF THE SPREAD OF INVASIVE SPECIES
7. RESTRICTIONS ON DEVELOPMENT IN CRITICAL VIEWSHED AREAS-- AREAS VISIBLE FROM PUBLIC PARKLAND, PUBLIC TRAILS AND DESIGNATED SCENIC ROUTES--AS WELL AS AREAS OF STEEP SLOPES.
8 PROHIBITS DEVELOPMENT ON ALL MAPPED SIGNIFICANT RIDGELINES.
9. LOWERS ZONING DENSITIES TO AS LOW AS ONE HOUSE PER 40 ACRES.
10. PERMANENTLY CODIFYS SEVERAL COASTAL PROTECTION THEMES.
SUMMARY: THIS LCP REPRESENTS A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT OF CURRENT PRACTICES AND SETS A NEW & LASTING STANDARD FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS PLAN WHICH WE STRONGLY SUPPORT.
If the board approves the project, it will be sent to the Coastal Commission for consideration.