In 1976, the Legislature enacted the California Coastal Act, which established a far reaching coastal protection program and made permanent the California Coastal Commission as it exists today. The Commission plans and regulates development and natural resource use along the coast in partnership with local governments and in keeping with the requirements of the Coastal Act.
What does the California Coastal Commission do?
The Commission’s authority under the Coastal Act is comprehensive. The Commission makes coastal development permit decisions and reviews local coastal programs Local Coastal Programs (LCPs) prepared by local governments and submitted for Commission approval. It also reviews federal activities that affect the Coastal Zone.
What is Hermosa Beach’s Coastal Zone?
Our Coastal Zone reaches from three miles our to sea and stretches to an inland boundary. This zone applies to anything above the surface of the ground and below.
Does the Commission have authority over oil and gas development?
Yes. The Commission has permitting jurisdiction over all oil and gas development within the State’s three-mile range.
The Commission carries out Coastal Act policies, which seek to:
- Provide for environmentally sound expansion of industrial ports and electric power plants and for siting of coastal dependent industries.
- Protect against loss of life and property from coastal hazards
- Protect and expand public shoreline access and recreational opportunities
- Protect scenic landscapes and views of the sea
- Establish stable urban-rural boundaries and guide new development into areas with adequate services
Local District Offices
South Coast Los Angeles – 200 Oceangate, 10th Floor Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 590-5071