Planning for sea level rise to ensure resilient coastal communities is a high priority for local governments, the Coastal Commission, state and federal agencies and stakeholders. The intent of the Commission’s Draft Residential Adaptation Policy Guidance (Guidance) is to provide accessible information on sea level rise adaptation, and a suite of practical land use policy tools to help facilitate planning for resilient shorelines while protecting coastal resources in Local Coastal Programs.

Residential Guidance UPDATE (MAY 2019): Commission staff plans to hold public hearings on a Proposed Final Residential Adaptation Guidance document in late 2019. Staff is also planning additional opportunities for public comment on the latest version of the Draft Guidance (dated March 2018). Members of the public who have signed up for our sea level rise contact list will receive notice about these opportunities, which will also be posted on the Residential Adaptation Guidance website. Local government representatives will also discuss sea level rise adaptation planning with the Commission at a Local Government Workshop to be held in July 2019 in conjunction with the July Coastal Commission meeting at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 333 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo, CA.

Public Comment

The second public comment period closed on April 30, 2018. Comments were submitted by email to or by US Mail to the address below:

California Coastal Commission
c/o Sea Level Rise Working Group
45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105

Stay Informed

Commission staff will be organizing additional outreach events in the future. Announcements will be shared via the Sea Level Rise Mailing List.