Coastal commission accepts portions of Marin’s LCP


Last Wednesday, the California Coastal Commission signed off on the legal adequacy of Marin County’s most recent step in updating its Local Coastal Program, a process that began more than a decade ago. The county Board of Supervisors in April unanimously approved three of seven amendments to Marin’s L.C.P., which dates back to 1982 and identifies the ground rules for development in the coastal zone. Though the commission initially asked the county to approve the entire update at that time—save two sections related to environmental hazards that have been postponed until at least next year—the county decided to reject two amendments that remained the most controversial to allow for further changes. Many community members spoke out this spring in opposition to the two controversial sections, which pertain to agriculture and key definitions related to village zoning and building restrictions; some even called for supervisors to abandon the entire update. As a compromise, supervisors phased their approval. Last week, the coastal commission officially approved that decision, certifying the three approved portions. County officials will resubmit the remaining two amendments later this year. The L.C.P. will not go into effect until the two agencies reach an agreement on all seven amendments. “This was a necessary step,” senior county planner Jack Liebster said. “We are very happy we completed—and the commission certified—these three amendments and we look forward to resolving the remaining issues on the other amendments as soon as possible.”