The new draft policy guidance is a next step following the Commission’s 2015 Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance, which set forth broad principles related to planning for sea level rise. This policy guidance provides a more in-depth discussion of sea level rise adaptation policies specifically related to residential development, and it provides sample policies that cities and counties could modify for use in different community and geologic contexts.

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Public Comment

Written comments are requested by September 29, 2017. We anticipate revising the document for possible Commission action in the fall.

Comments may be submitted by email to or by US Mail to the address below:

California Coastal Commission
c/o Sea Level Rise Working Group
45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105


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