Santa Cruz County
CA

Agenda Item
DOC-2018-518
Approved with additional direction
Jun 12, 2018 9:00 AM

Consider the Coastal Encroachment Policy and Proposed Fee Schedule to consistently and effectively maintain, operate and enforce Coastal Trail and Beach Access, and direct staff to return during 2018-19 Budget Hearings with proposed updates for the Unified Fee Schedule, as outlined in the memorandum of the Director of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services

Information

Department:Parks, Open Space & Cultural ServicesSponsors:Director of Parks, Open Spaces & Cultural Services Jeff Gaffney
Category:PARKS - Board LetterFunctions:Land Use & Community Services

Board Letter

Recommended Action(s):

1)              Approve the Coastal Encroachment Policy and the Proposed Fee Schedule to consistently and effectively maintain, operate and enforce Coastal Trail and Beach Access; and

2)  Direct staff to return June 26, 2018, with proposed updates to the Unified Fee Schedule

 

Executive Summary

The Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services (Parks) has developed the attached policy and proposed fee schedule with the goal of allowing Parks to consistently manage encroachments within County-owned property and right-of-way that provides coastal access.

 

Background

Several publicly owned properties and right-of-way providing links for coastal access have been encroached upon in Santa Cruz County. These encroachments have been the result of unintentional actions, usually in the form of landscaping or other obstructions, by properties owners over long periods of time. County residents and visitors to the county are being negatively impacted by the reduction in coastal access and developed areas for staging to coastal access. In the past, when complaints about coastal access encroachments have come into the county there have not been clear procedures or even a specific department where people could present their concerns.

On September 19, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 204-2017 concerning Coastal Trail and Beach Access maintenance, operations, and enforcement in Santa Cruz County. It assigned to Parks the authority to permit, remove and/or replace non-permitted development, obstructions and/or encroachments within County-owned easements and County-managed rights-of-way that involve coastal trails, coastal access, beach trails, and beach access or which are located ocean-ward and/or perpendicular or parallel to residential ocean properties.

 

Analysis

The goal of the Coastal Encroachment Policy is to improve coastal access with better delineation of County right-of-way and property boundaries and develop established access points. Additionally, the policy provides a clear process and designates one specific department where members of the public can present their complaints about encroachments to County owned coastal access. In total the Coastal Encroachment Policy includes:

·              consistent procedures for approval/denial of permitted encroachments,

·              procedures for removal of prohibited encroachments,

·              language on limiting the extent of encroachments,

·              and clarifying improvements permitted within each encroachment.

The proposed fees related to the Coastal Encroachment Policy will provide a modest stream of revenue in future years to partially offset the costs associated with operating and maintaining coastal accesses and beaches. If approved by the Board, these fees would be considered at the public hearing for the Unified Fee Schedule on June 26, 2018 last day budget hearings.

The Parks Department intends to implement the policy in a passive manor and will not actively seek encroachments from current property owners with obstructions on County right-of-way and property. Instead, Parks will work closely with the California Coastal Commission and applicants through their permitting process as a mechanism for resolving obstructions they often have when attempting to obtain permits.

 

 

Meeting History

Jun 12, 2018 9:00 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting

1) APPROVED the Coastal Encroachment Policy and proposed fee schedule to consistently and effectively maintain, operate and enforce Coastal Trail and Beach Access;

2) DIRECTED staff to return during 2018-19 Budget Hearings with proposed updates for the Unified Fee Schedule; and additionally:

3) DIRECTED staff to return this time next year [June 2019] with a report to include information about working with the Coastal Commission staff and DPW on issues of encroachment permits, where this policy will apply, and that we get to decide when we want our encroachment area back, not someone else

RESULT:APPROVED WITH ADDITIONAL DIRECTION [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:John Leopold, First District Supervisor
SECONDER:Bruce McPherson, Fifth District Supervisor
AYES:John Leopold, Zach Friend, Ryan Coonerty, Greg Caput, Bruce McPherson

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