The Coastal Act includes provisions to protect and enhance coastal resources and land uses, including agriculture. Strong protection of agricultural lands and the agricultural economy in the coastal zone is mandated by the Coastal Act. These protections include requiring that prime agricultural lands be maintained in agricultural production, restricting the conversion of agricultural lands to other land uses, conserving agricultural soils, and promoting long-term agricultural productivity.

The strong agricultural protections of the Coastal Act are also reflected by land use policies and regulations in coastal counties’ and cities’ Local Coastal Programs (LCPs).

Commission staff have prepared the following five informational documents that address permitting requirements for agricultural development, and several emerging issues in coastal agriculture.

Cannabis in the Coastal Zone and the
Regulatory Requirements of the Coastal Act

The Statewide Planning Unit of the California Coastal Commission is pleased to release a DRAFT informational document on cannabis activities in the coastal zone: Cannabis in the Coastal Zone and the Regulatory Requirements of the Coastal Act.

Comments, questions, and feedback may be submitted by Friday, August 17th to Agriculture@coastal.ca.gov

Presentations

Webinar on Emerging Issues in Agriculture and Permitting Agricultural Development (June 2, 2017)

This webinar provided an opportunity for local governments, resource agencies, landowners, and members of the public to learn about the permit process and emerging issues related to coastal agriculture. The presentations covered the draft documents that are available for public review.

PowerPoint Presentation

The information contained on this website was prepared with financial assistance provided by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Grant Award NA14NOS4190100.