California Coastal Commission

PROCEDURAL GUIDANCE FOR THE REVIEW OF WETLAND PROJECTS IN CALIFORNIA'S COASTAL ZONE

June 15, 1994

Financial assistance for preparation of this document was provided by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office of Ocen and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Preface

A Note On The Use Of This Document


The Coastal Act provides strong enforceable policies for the protection of wetlands in the coastal zone. However, the accumulation of new scientific information on wetlands and the inevitability, over time, of staff changes gave rise to the need for a consistent framework for the application of those policies by Commission staff in their preparation of proposed findings for the Commission. Based on that need, the Commission sought and obtained a federal grant to develop the document: Procedural Guidance for the Review of Wetland Projects in California's Coastal Zone.

The development of this new procedural guidance document will significantly improve the quality and comprehensiveness of the Commission staff's analysis and of the recommendations upon which the Commission bases its decisions; thus enhancing the Commission's ability to protect the State's coastal wetland resources. It is important, however, to accurately characterize this document and explicitly delineate its appropriate use.

Consistent with the authority delegated to the executive director by the Commission to direct the work of staff, and consistent with the Commission's duty to examine projects, amendments, and other items for Commission action on a case-by-case basis, this procedural guidance document will provide staff with relevant background information and an analytic framework for drafting proposed findings and recommendations. Although the sources of information (e.g., scientific research results or precedential Commission actions) contained in this document can and will be referenced when developing a staff report, this procedural guidance document itself will not be cited, quoted, or relied upon as the basis for recommendations or findings contained in any staff report.

This is a publication of the State of California, California Coastal Commission pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award Number NA270Z088-01. Financial assistance for preparation of this document was provided by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


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