County of Santa Barbara Long Range Planning Division

Santa Barbara County Coastal Resiliency Project

County coastline

The County of Santa Barbara's Coastal Resiliency Project is a grant-funded effort to evaluate the impacts of sea level rise and related coastal hazards along the County's entire 110-mile long coastline.



Sea Level Rise & Coastal Hazards Vulnerability Assessment - link

Technical Report for the Vulnerability Assessment - link

Coastal Resilience Mapping Portal - link


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Project Status

The County Board of Supervisors adopted the Coastal Resiliency Project Local Coastal Program (LCP) amendment at their December 11, 2018, hearing. The LCP amendment will not go into effect until it is certified by the California Coastal Commission at an upcoming hearing.


California Coastal Commission Hearing

Information will be posted here when the California Coastal Commission schedules a hearing to certify the Coastal Resiliency Project LCP Amendment.



December 11, 2018 - Staff Report and Presentation

November 6, 2018 - Staff Report and Presentation


August 29, 2018 - Staff Report and Presentation

August 1, 2018 - Staff Report and Presentation


July 18, 2018 - Staff Report and Presentation

May 16, 2018 - Staff Report and Presentation

Board of Supervisors Briefing - March 13, 2018

Staff Report and Presentation

Planning Commission Briefings

County Planning Commission Agenda - December 20, 2017

Staff Report and Presentation

Montecito Planning Commission Agenda - February 21, 2018

Staff Report and Presentation

Background Documents:

Iterative Review Process with Coastal Commission Staff

1 - County Staff Submittal to Coastal Commision Staff (November 2016) - link

2 - Coastal Commission Staff Submittal / Feedback (January 2017) - link

3 - County Staff Submittal to Coastal Commission Staff (June 2017) - link

4 - Coastal Commission Staff Submittal / Feedback (August 2017) - link



Past Public Workshops and Events


Workshop #1

Thursday, August 31, 2017

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Rincon Beach Club

3805 Santa Claus Lane, Carpinteria


Workshop Notice



Draft LCP Policies for Discussion

Google Earth flyover video - Montecito to Rincon

Agricultural Advisory Committee

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Solvang City Council Chambers

1644 Oak Street, Solvang

Presentation Handout

Workshop #2

Thursday, September 14

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Goleta Valley Community Center

5679 Hollister Avenue, Goleta


Workshop Notice



Draft LCP Policies for Discussion

Google Earth flyover video - Goleta to Gaviota

Interactive Sea Level Rise Demonstration Project

Saturday, September 16

(Coastal Cleanup Day)

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Summerland Beach at Lookout Park


Gaviota Presentation

Friday, September 29

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

El Capitan Canyon Campground




Project Contacts


Dan Klemann, Deputy Director:

Allen Bell, Supervising Planner:

Selena Evilsizor, AICP, Senior Planner:


Project Background:

The overall project involves four steps:

1) Modeling and mapping of coastal hazards and assets. All modeling used the best available science on sea level rise and included three sea level rise scenarios (low, medium, and high) and three planning timescales (2030, 2060, and 2100). The sea level rise projections were derived from the National Research Council's 2012 publication "Sea Level Rise for the Coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington."

The entire County coastline has been modeled. The resulting hazard zone maps are on The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience online map viewer here.

2) Developing a vulnerability assessment. Results from the sea level rise and coastal hazards modeling, along with stakeholder engagement, were used to create the vulnerability assessment and enabled staff to analyze impacts to the County’s coastal zone under different climate scenarios. First, important assets and resources were identified along the unincorporated County coastline. Then, County staff determined the risk and exposure to coastal erosion, coastal flooding, and tidal inundation of those assets. The resulting Sea Level Rise and Coastal Hazards Vulnerability Assessment is now available.

3) Identifying adaptation measures. An Adaptation Plan is not funded at this time, but adaptation measures were identified during the vulnerability assessment and stakeholder engagement processes. Adaptation measures are intended to manage impacts to vulnerable assets, such as existing coastal development, roads, parks, and important public facilities. These qualitative adaptation strategies and management options will inform development of new or enhanced existing LCP policies and implementing ordinances.

4) Amending the County's Local Coastal Program (LCP). County staff will engage stakeholders and work collaboratively with staff from the California Coastal Commission to develop new and enhanced LCP policies. Additionally, the County’s Coastal Zoning Ordinance will be updated to provide development standards aimed at moderating coastal hazard risks and protecting existing development.

The Coastal Resiliency Project has been funded by grants from the California Coastal Conservancy, the Ocean Protection Council, and the California Coastal Commission, with matching funds provided by the County of Santa Barbara.

Past Stakeholder Meetings:

Click on the meeting title to view the agenda:

  1. South Coast Modeling Kick-off Meeting (July 29, 2014)
  2. Initial Coastal Hazard Results Workshop (February 10, 2015)
  3. North Coast Modeling Kick-off Meeting (August 11, 2015)
  4. South Coast Modeling Final Hazard Results and Vulnerability Assessment (August 11, 2015)
  5. Update on Phase 2 Modeling (May 18, 2016)
  6. Vulnerability Assessment Results and Policy Discussion (September 26, 2016)




Useful Links and Related Projects


State of California Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance

The Nature Conservancy - Coastal Resilience

Coastal Resilience Ventura County

City of Goleta Coastal Hazards Vulnerability & Fiscal Impact Report

Goleta Slough Management Plan

Santa Barbara Area Coastal Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment - Final Report available now!

USGS Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) - Santa Barbara County results available now!

Recent News Articles and Media

Santa Barbara Independent - "King Tides Give Glimpse of Future Sea Level Rise"

Noozhawk - "Storms, Powerful Waves Have Eaten Away Santa Barbara County Coastlines to Historic Levels"

Noozhawk - "Santa Barbara County Exploring Ways of Handling Sea Level Rise"

KEYT - "New study puts California beach erosion in the spotlight"


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