Local Coastal Program (LCP)
Background: The California Coastal Initiative (Proposition 20), overwhelmingly passed by the voters in 1972, was made permanent by the California Coastal Act of 1976. The Coastal Act is administered by the California Coastal Commission (CCC), and is supplemented by Local Coastal Programs (LCPs), which are approved by the Commission and administered by local governments. San Mateo County's LCP covers the unincorporated areas of the Coastside. Half Moon Bay and Pacifica have their own LCPs.
LCP policies guide development. They include a Land Use Plan and zoning ordinances to implement the Land Use Plan.
Coastal Act and LCP policies:
Coastal Development Permit (CDP) applications submitted complete before 9/8/2012 are governed by the 1998 LCP under grandfathering provisions.
The 1978 Montara - Moss Beach - El Granada Community Plan is incorporated by reference into the LCP. The Community Plan is summarized and published on the County website as Chapter 3 of Area Plans Summary, 1985. Community Plan road policies and standards were amended in 1994.
LCP Update 1999-2012
The San Mateo County LCP was first certified in 1980 and has been amended various times. In 1999 the Board of Supervisors authorized the Midcoast LCP Update Project to improve Coastal Act consistency, update Midcoast baseline data and policies, and reduce appeals (see County web page on LCP update).
Content was developed in a series of public workshops and hearings, and in 2006 the LCP amendments were submitted to the Coastal Commission for certification. In December 2009, the initial LCP update submission was denied and returned to the County for modification. After working with Coastal Commission staff, the County submitted a revised Update in May 2011. On 8/8/2012 the Coastal Commission unanimously approved the LCP update, to take effect in 30 days.
MCC comments on LCP update: