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A new and better plan to protect Santa Monica Mountains

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
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From Santa Monica Mountains Task Force

The California Coastal Commission voted at a heavily attended public meeting on April 11 to protect the Santa Monica Mountains from overdevelopment by unanimously certifying the Los Angeles County Local Coastal Plan (LCP). L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and his staff were instrumental in formulating and refining this plan, which has been on the drawing board for almost three decades.

This plan represents a significant improvement of current guidelines and sets a new and lasting standard for environmental protection of sensitive habitats in the Santa Monica Mountains. More than 50% of the plan area is designated public parkland or open space. The plan area extends inland from the shoreline for approximately 5 miles and encompasses some 50,000 acres.

This wide-ranging document reinforces the mission of the Sierra Club to support the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area as a great natural, cultural, and recreational resource and to strongly protect and preserve the precious resources it contains.

Some key points of the Los Angeles County Local Coastal Plan:

1. Resource protection has priority over development.
2. Prohibits development in the most sensitive habitat areas.
3. Gives high levels of protection for water quality.
4. Stricter control against the spread of invasive species.
5. Restrictions on development in critical view shed areas.
6. Bans development on all significant ridgelines.
7. Lowers zoning densities.
8. Saves oaks and native woodlands.

It will take a few more months to finalize and receive Coastal Commission support on the details of implementation. The completed plan will then be given a final vote by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors.

 

4 comments

No more development at all!!!! Please. LA is so over crowded now. No more people and cars up there. We need clean fresh air and wide open spaces.

Let's protect wildlife for once!

Thank you to everyone involved throughout the decades who got this plan put into place.

I agree with the development plan with some exceptions.

1: To dig a post hole where neighbors Oak roots are watered by my septic system, we must make a 50 mile trip to pay for an Oak Permit and pay for an expensive arborist to dig the hole. Whereas Environmental Engineers are also trained in Oak root cutting do not qualify for permits.

2: The Ridgeline Ordinances are ignored after a telephone call from someone in power.

We have the eager developers here in S. Org. Cty. trying to blanket every empty piece of land in our communities with high density, including the craming of 14,000 houses up against the national forest. All during a drought crisis with no end in site, incredible traffic conjestion, and out of control wildfires, even in winter. I would only hope that the people with the power to make decisions for the quality of life for those of us that are already here, would do it thoughtfully and caringly!

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