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Goleta Beach County Park Project

    In October 2011, the County Community Services Department submitted applications to the County Planning and Development Department (P&D) for a Development Plan and Coastal Development Permit for a project aimed at protecting Goleta Beach County Park from erosion and storm damage.

    The County park provides valuable coastal-dependent and coastal-related recreation to over 1.5 million visitors annually. The proposed project serves to protect facilities at the heavily used park by permanently retaining approximately 1,200 linear feet of existing buried rock revetments. Retention of the existing revetments is based on the insignificant adverse impacts to coastal processes at Goleta Beach County Park and down-coast beaches in the foreseeable future as noted in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) completed in 2014, and the beneficial impacts that retention of the revetment would have on continued public use of the beach and upland park facilities. No additional physical alterations would occur at Goleta Beach as part of this project, and no additional shoreline protection would be installed.

    Permit Application Numbers: 11DVP-00000-00016 | 11CDP-00000-00069

    Project Status

      The California Coastal Commission approved the project to retain the existing 1,200 linear foot revetment for up to 20 years on May 13, 2015 with Special Conditions and the Permit was issued on December 28, 2015. A copy of the permit can be found here.

      The project is currently scheduled for a hearing before the California Coastal Commission on the Coastal Development Permit application on May 13, 2015. Public comments can be submitted in writing to GoletaBeachRevetment@coastal.ca.gov or by mail to the Coastal Commission District Office at 89 S. California Street, Ventura, CA 93001. (Download Press Release)

      Numerous letters have been submitted in support of the proposed project to be considered by the Coastal Commission on May 13th. (Download Letters)

      A Goleta Beach User Survey was conducted in 2015, the results of which can be found here.

      The California Coastal Commission has found the CDP application complete for processing. A press release on this matter can be found here.

      In response to a second determination by the CCC staff of an incomplete application on October 27, 2014, the County has resubmitted the CDP application with the requested additional information. Download the resubmitted application and project plans.

      In response to a determination by the CCC staff of an incomplete application on May 28, 2014, the County has resubmitted the CDP application with the requested additional information.  Download the resubmitted application and attachments (here).

      The Coastal Development Permit application package was submitted to the California Coastal Commission on April 29, 2014. Download the application and appendices.

      At the March 18, 2014 hearing, the Board of Supervisors voted 5.0 to direct staff to submit a Coastal Development Permit application to the California Coastal Commission to request the permanent retention of the 1,200 feet of unpermitted rock revetment in place. (Meeting Details)

      Goleta Beach - Existing Conditions Base Map

      For a short informational video on the history and purpose of the Goleta Beach project, please click on the following link:  https://youtu.be/r1zpgeW9UfE


      May 13, 2015 - Coastal Commission Hearing (link to current agenda)

      March 18, 2014 - Board of Supervisors (hearing details)

      Aug 1, 2013 - DEIR Comment Period Ends (extended until August 30)

      July 23, 2013 - Public Hearing

      June 12, 2013 - Public Workshop (Presentation)

      June 3, 2013 - Draft EIR Released (Notice)

      June 28, 2012 - EIR Scoping Meeting (Notice)



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