SPEAKER SIGN-UP & TIME LIMITS. If you are participating virtually and wish to speak during general public comment or about a specific agenda item, please see our detailed instructions on how to participate through the Commission’s video/teleconference forum. If you are participating in person, please fill out a “Request to Speak” form at the meeting location and give it to a staff person prior to the matter being heard. Forms are available near the door to the meeting room. Speaker slips will not be accepted once the matter begins. Generally, and at the discretion of the Chair, speakers are limited to 2-3 minutes. Note: For general public comment, you may speak on a specific topic one time only each month.
SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN MATERIALS. Members of the public can submit comments electronically for consideration by clicking on the “submit comment” button associated with any of the items on the online agenda, found here: Online Agenda. Members of the public may also submit comments by mail, addressed to the appropriate district office. To ensure distribution to the Coastal Commission prior to consideration of the item on the agenda, please submit comments prior to 5:00 P.M. the Friday before the Coastal Commission meeting – if sending comments by mail, please ensure that these comments are received in the appropriate district office by this deadline. Those comments will be posted online and distributed to the Coastal Commission. Commission staff will attempt to distribute to the Coastal Commission comments made or received after 5:00 P.M. the Friday before the hearing, but it may be unable to post those comments online.
LOCATION OF MEETINGS. Commission meetings are currently being held in a hybrid format, allowing both virtual and in person participation. The virtual meetings are webcast and virtual participation is being conducted through the Zoom format. The meeting locations for in person participation can be found here: https://www.coastal.ca.gov/meetings/mtgdates.html
CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS. Government Code Section 84308 requires Commissioners to disqualify themselves from voting on any matter if they have received a campaign contribution of more than $250 from an interested party. If you intend to speak on any hearing item, please indicate in your email or voicemail requesting to speak (see detailed instructions on how to speak here: Meeting Procedures), if you have made campaign contributions of more than $250 to any Commissioner within the last year, and if so, to which Commissioners you contributed.
CONTACTS WITH COMMISSIONERS. Written materials sent to Commissioners must also be sent to staff at the same time. All non-procedural communications must become part of the record. For a summary of these ex parte communication requirements, please visit www.coastal.ca.gov/roster.html#exparte. The Coastal Act does not authorize ex parte communications that relate to alleged violations of the Coastal Act.
NOTE ON SOME AGENDA ITEMS REGARDING ENFORCEMENT The following note, or a similar note, is attached to some agenda items to inform the public, interested parties, and Commissioners that there is an open enforcement case associated with the item or site: “(NOTE: The Commission’s enforcement division has opened an investigation into potential Coastal Act violations associated with this item or site, as is explained further in the staff report.)” This note is not necessarily attached to every item that has an associated violation. Accordingly, the absence of such a note on an agenda item should not be treated as indicative of the absence of a Coastal Act violation(s) on the site.
PUBLIC STATEMENTS ABOUT ITEMS NOT ON THIS AGENDA. Public comments that are not related to any of the items specifically listed on the agenda will be heard at approximately 9:00 am, for no more than one hour. At the discretion of the Chair, speakers may be given up to 2 minutes. If you wish to speak during general public comment, please submit a request to speak, using the procedures outlined in the detailed procedural guidance memo. Note: For general public comment, you may speak on a specific topic one time only each month. If you are participating virtually, please submit your speaker request by 5:00 pm the day before the hearing to assist with meeting management sign up. Virtual speaker requests will not be accepted after 8:45 am on each day of the meeting. If you are participating in-person, please submit your paper speaker request at the meeting location by 8:45 am on the day of the meeting.
WHEN WILL MY AGENDA ITEM BE HEARD? It is not possible to predict how quickly the Commission will complete agenda items or how many will be postponed to a later date. The Commission begins each session at the time listed on the Meeting Notice and considers each item in the sequence listed, except in extraordinary circumstances. The Commission may consider an item even though interested persons are not present.
STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS. A written staff report is available for most items on this agenda. At the end of the agenda description the author's initials and a code indicating his/her headquarters office are identified (A=Arcata SF=San Francisco SC=Santa Cruz V=Ventura LB=Long Beach SD=San Diego). Staff reports are usually distributed at least 10 days before the meeting. Staff reports for any item on this Meeting Notice are generally available on the Commission's website. Paper copies are also available upon request.
VISUAL PRESENTATIONS/MATERIALS. Please refer to the detailed procedural guidance found here: Meeting Procedures for instructions on how to submit a PowerPoint or other visual presentation materials.
PUBLIC & ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS. Some public records for agenda items are posted as part of the correspondence or exhibits associated with an item on the Commission’s agenda. Please email the appropriate district office if you have additional document requests related to an item on the Commission’s agenda, and staff will make every effort to provide you with copies of the documents that you seek. If you decide to challenge a final decision of the Commission in Court, please request preparation of the administrative record by letter to the Administrative Records Section at the Commission office in San Francisco, and indicate in your letter a description of the agenda item and date(s) of Commission action.
CLOSED SESSION. At any time during the meeting, the Commission may meet to consider personnel matters or litigation in a session closed to the public pursuant to the attorney-client privilege and statutory exemption to the Open Meeting Act (Government Code § 11126e).
ACCESS TO HEARINGS. If requested, the agenda and backup materials will be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with a disability, as required by Section 202 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12132), and the federal rules and regulations adopted in implementation thereof. Any person who requires a disability-related modification or accommodation, in order to observe and/or offer public comment may request such reasonable modification, accommodation, aid, or service by contacting the Commission at 415-904-5202, no later than 9:00 A.M. on the day of the scheduled meeting.
ADMINISTRATIVE PERMIT APPLICATIONS. If a person objects to issuance of an administrative permit or permit conditions, that person is allowed to request removal of the application from the administrative calendar. If four or more Commissioners vote to remove an item from this calendar, the approval is revoked, and the application will be scheduled for action at a later meeting.
COASTAL PERMIT APPLICATIONS. The Commission may vote at the conclusion of the public hearing, or it may continue the matter to a subsequent meeting. Time limits are determined by the Chair. The applicant may reserve some time for rebuttal after the opponents speak.
CONSENT CALENDAR. The time limit shall be determined by the Chair. Public comment may be taken. It takes 3 or more Commissioners to remove a permit application item from the consent calendar, in which case it will be scheduled for further hearing & action. It requires one Commissioner to cause removal of other types of items from the consent calendar. Items originally placed on the regular calendar may be restored to the regular calendar for hearing at the same meeting. Items originally placed on the consent calendar and removed may require hearing at a later meeting.
ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS. Public hearing and action on proposed Cease and Desist Orders, Restoration Orders, Administrative Penalties, and recordation of Notices of Violation.
FEDERAL CONSISTENCY. See time limits under COASTAL PERMIT APPLICATIONS above.
FINDINGS. Public hearing and vote to approve findings for a previous Commission action. The only issue is whether the findings adequately support the previous Commission action. The hearing is not to reargue the merits of the prior action.
LOCAL COASTAL PROGRAMS (LCPs). LCPs consisting of a land use plan and implementation plan are prepared by local governments and provide the standards for issuing coastal permits after approval by the Commission. Copies of LCP reports are available on request from the Commission office. The time limit shall be determined by the Chair.. Copies of all correspondence will be provided to the Commission.
NEW APPEALS. (Note: This agenda item requires an initial determination of whether the appeal raises a “substantial issue” and may not include a de novo public hearing on the merits of the project.)
When staff recommends “substantial issue,” a public hearing on the question will only be held if 3 or more Commissioners ask for it. If three Commissioners do not request a hearing on “substantial issue” the matter automatically proceeds to de novo public hearing either at this or a later Commission meeting. If staff recommends “no substantial issue,” public testimony will be taken only on the question whether the appeal raises a “substantial issue.” Generally and at the discretion of the Chair, testimony is limited to 3 minutes total per side.
If the Commission finds “substantial issue” and there is no staff recommendation on the merits of the project, the de novo hearing will be scheduled for a subsequent meeting.
PERMIT AMENDMENTS or EXTENSIONS. Public hearing and action on requests to amend or extend permits previously issued by the Commission.
RECONSIDERATIONS. Public hearing and action to reconsider previous actions.
VOTING on APPLICATIONS. Hearing and action on coastal development permits continued from a previous meeting. The time limit shall be determined by the Chair. The applicant may reserve time for rebuttal.