Local Coastal Program Amendment
Rising tides from global climate change have already started impacting the shoreline of Ocean Beach. The effects will continue for decades in the form of beach and land erosion, damage to parking and roadways, reduced access to the coastline, and eventual damage to major public infrastructure.
The LCP Amendment will establish the San Francisco’s coordinated approach for implementing the sea level rise and coastal erosion recommendations in the Ocean Beach Master Plan. The Master Plan is a result of the cooperative involvement of the San Francisco and a host of federal, state, and local agencies as well as over a decade of public dialogue about managing the Ocean Beach shoreline.
Utilizing the best available science, San Francisco is amending its LCP to address sea level rise and erosion due to climate change. The amendments will provide for long-term resiliency by balancing environmental resources, maintaining coastal access, addressing community needs, and protecting our investment in public infrastructure, such as roads and wastewater treatment facilities.
Importantly, because of the urgent need for action, this LCP Amendment will only address implementation of the Master Plan recommendations related to sea level rise and coastal erosion. The LCP Amendment will cover the entire Coastal Zone, but implementation will largely occur south of Sloat Boulevard, where coastal vulnerabilities are most acute. Master Plan recommendations not addressed in this LCP Amendment area are anticipated to be addressed in a future, broader LCP Amendment.
The San Francisco Coastal Zone extends approximately 6 miles along the western shoreline, from the Point Lobos recreational area in the north to the Fort Funston cliff area in the south, generally spanning the Ocean Beach shoreline.
Public involvement will include public meetings, opportunities to review and comment on the draft policies, and public hearings conducted by both San Francisco and the California Coastal Commission over a period of approximately 18 months.
A timeline of public involvement opportunities is presented below:
|STEP 1 - Project Launch||Fall 2015||
|STEP 2 - Sea Level Rise
|STEP 3 - LCP Amendment
|STEP 4 - Policy Development
and 6-week Public Review
& Summer 2016
|STEP 5 - Local Approval Process||Summer & Fall 2016||
|STEP 6 - California Coastal Commission
- Fact Sheet 12MB (Spring 2016)
- Coastal Protection Measures and Management Strategy for South Ocean Beach (2015)
- Ocean Beach Master Plan
- Western Shoreline Area Plan
Existing Shoreline Management Plans
- Public Works Plan for San Francisco Wastewater Management Program (1979)
- Interim Ocean Beach Shoreline Protection Coastal Development Permit (2015)
- Draft San Francisco Littoral Cell Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan (2016)
Sea Level Rise
- Sea Level Rise Future Conditions and Mapping Pilot Study (2016)
- Sea Level Rise Existing Data and Analyses Technical Memorandum (2016)
To receive updates about the LCP Amendment process and announcements about upcoming public meetings, sign up for automated email notifications, or contact:
LCP Amendment Project Manager
SF Planning Department