Del Mar Local Coastal Program Amendment

Flooding and erosion are ongoing vulnerabilities for the coastal City of Del Mar. Understanding these vulnerabilities under a range of scenarios can help inform planning, policy development, and adaptation strategies to reduce these potential hazards and protect public health and safety.


The Draft AP [Del Mar Adaptation Plan] is a fantastic example of the sea-level rise adaptation planning process, and I hope it can be shared regionally.

Carey Batha
LCP Grants Administrator, California Coastal Commission
Why does this project matter?

Climate change and sea-level rise have myriad impacts; understanding the potential vulnerabilities under a range of sea-level rise scenarios informs planning, policy development, and adaptation strategies to reduce these hazards and vulnerabilities, and protect public health and safety.

What is ESA doing to help?

ESA developed a Local Coastal Program (LCP) Amendment to guide the City in addressing sea-level rise, storm surge, and coastal flooding. This included developing a coastal hazards analysis and vulnerability assessment to analyze the potential impacts of these scenarios and drafting a sea-level rise adaptation plan to serve as the City’s long-range plan. With input from the City, a stakeholder-technical advisory committee, and the California Coastal Commission, ESA finalized the LCP Amendment for adoption by the City and approval by the Commission.

At the same time, ESA prepared a sediment management plan and a detailed vulnerability assessment of San Dieguito Lagoon wetland habitat to inform implementation of the adaptation plan and LCP Amendment policies.


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