Local Coastal Program

Community Development Agency

Pt. Reyes Lighthouse

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

Maps describing the proposed location of the village commercial area in the communities of Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Olema, Point Reyes Station, East Shore and Tomales are available for review and comment. Additional information and frequently asked questions is also available.

After a public hearing on April 24, 2018 the Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt its Staff recommendation on Marin's Local Coastal Program Amendments (LCPAs) that had been approved, but with significant "Modifications" by the California Coastal Commission (CCC) on November 2, 2016. The Board accepted Amendments 1 and 2, which (except the Hazard policies) comprise the entire Land Use Plan setting out the fundamental policies for managing Marin’s coast, as well as Amendment 6 (Administration), as modified by the CCC. The Board did not accept modified Amendment 3, the Implementing Program for the LCP Agriculture Chapter, and Amendment 7, the balance of the LCP Implementing Program. The adopted materials for the hearing are available in the BOS Hearing on Accepting LCP Amendment 4/24/18 Panel on the "Plans and Documents" page.