Local Coastal Program

Community Development Agency

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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

June 15, 2019 : On July 13, 2021, the Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing to consider placing into effect recently certified Local Coastal Program (LCP) Amendments in combination with existing 1982 LCP policies related to environmental hazards as Marin County’s Local Coastal Program.  As described in previous updates, all portions of Marin’s LCP have been approved by the Board of Supervisors and certified by the Coastal Commission with the exception of chapters related to environmental hazards, which remain the subject of on-going work and public input.  In order to take advantage of the years of effort that went into development of the LCP Amendments, staff will be recommending that the Board approve use of the following compiled documents for use as the standard of review for development in the Coastal Zone:

Newly Certified Documents:
Marin County 2019 Land Use Plan (not including Environmental Hazards)
Marin County 2019 Implementation Plan (not including Environmental Hazards)

Excerpts from 1982 Marin LCP
Marin 2004 Land Use Plan, Unit I (Environmental Hazards only)
Marin 2004 Land Use Plan, Unit II (Environmental Hazards only)
Title 22I, Section 22.56.130I (Subsections H, K, and L)

The approach would allow newly certified components of Marin’s LCP, including many new and improved policies and code provisions designed to protect natural resources, preserve agricultural uses and clarify permit processes among other benefits, to be put into effect  in combination with environmental hazard policies from the 1982 LCP, which would continue to govern those issues.  Once approved by the Board of Supervisors, the compiled document will be submitted to the Coastal Commission for further consideration.

February 6, 2019: The California Coastal Commission will conduct a public hearing and action on request by Marin County to update most of the County LCP’s Implementation Plan (all components of it not related to coastal hazards and coastal permit procedures); one minor change to the LCP’s Land Use Plan Parks, Recreation and Visitor-Serving Uses Chapter; and a land use and zoning change for one parcel located on Inverness Ridge.

January 16, 2019:  The final Amendments 3 and 7 can be found here.

On December 11, 2018, the Board of Supervisors gave final approval to the entirety of the Local Coastal Program Amendments (except the previously deferred Hazards policies) and submitted the Amendments to the Coastal Commission for certification. While at its April 24 meeting the Board had accepted more than 200 modifications made to the County LCP Amendments by the Coastal Commission, it rejected 10 modifications dealing with agriculture, applying extremely low densities even in already developed commercial area, requiring additional costly studies for small wells, and placing new restrictions on homes in coastal villages.

The Board made limited modifications LCP Amendment #3 to address carbon sequestration and clarify the type of agricultural production activities and irrigation system improvements that would be considered part of ongoing agriculture. The Board also directed staff to explore protocols to reduce the cost and complexity of hydrologic studies required by new Development Code provisions. After close consultation with Coastal Commission staff, mutually acceptable revised language was presented and, after public hearing, adopted by the Board at its December 11 meeting. (see “Compiled Revisions” ). These amendments were submitted to the Coastal Commission on Christmas Eve for review and certification, possibly in early February 2019. In the meantime, Community Development Agency staff will be re-initiating work on remaining LCP Amendments related to Environmental Hazards.