Local Coastal Program

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The California Legislature enacted the Coastal Act in 1976, creating a mandate for coastal counties to manage the conservation and development of coastal resources through a comprehensive planning and regulatory program called the Local Coastal Program (LCP).

The Local Coastal Program (LCP) is a planning document that identifies the location, type, densities, and other ground rules for future development in the coastal zone. Each LCP includes a land use plan and its implementing measures. These programs govern decisions that determine the short and long term conservation and use of coastal land, water, and other resources.

CDA organized an LCP photo contest of Marin's coastal areas for residents and visitors.  You can view the submissions by visiting our photo gallery.

News and Announcements

The California Coastal Commission will conduct a public hearing  to consider the County’s request for a one year time extension (to May 2, 2018) for  Marin County’s Local Coastal Program Amendment Number LCP -2-MAR-15-0029-1. The hearing is scheduled Wednesday, March 8, 2017 and is identified as agenda item W11a.

The County has requested a time extension to the California Coastal Commission (CCC) to acknowledge and accept the modifications suggested by the California Coastal Commission on LCP Amendment No. LCP-2-MAR-15-0029-1 (Marin LCP Update) at the Commission hearing on November 2, 2016. The Commission’s action is not final and effective until the Marin County Board of Supervisors accepts and agrees to the Commission’s certification of those amendments with suggested modifications. If the Board has not accepted and agreed to the suggested modifications by that time, then the Commission’s certification with suggested modifications expires.

The Coastal Commission also continued the hearing on the portion of the LCP Update relating to Environmental Hazards. Unless withdrawn by Marin County, the deadline for the Commission to act on the environmental hazards portion of the Marin LCP Update is September 29, 2017.