Posts Categorized: California Coastal Commission

Dust Up Between Surfers and Kholsa Could Spell the End of Private Beach Access in California

Should a property owner have to get a coastal development permit before he can close the gate to his private property? The Surfrider Foundation thinks so, and if it wins its current lawsuit against Vinod Khosla  that could soon be the law of the land in California. Vinod Khosla immigrated from India as a young… Read more »

Marin County Farmers win one with the California Coastal Commission

Every now and then the California Coastal Commission gets one right. On May 15th, the Commission decided to approve with suggested modifications the most recent update to Marin County’s land use plan, in spite of fairly strong opposition from outside groups. The major point of contention with the plan was new zoning rules that would allow farm… Read more »

The Coastal Commission’s support for AB 976 Shows Due Process Apathy

  Every monthly meeting the California Coastal Commission releases a list of bills in the current legislative session that it is supporting. It can be a time consuming effort to review all these bills, but sometimes you find a gem that sheds light on the nature of the Commission’s long-term goals, and the read becomes… Read more »

The California Coastal Commission Reviews Fracking along the California Coast

  Whether the California Coastal Commission Eventually Regulates Fracking On the Outer Continental Shelf Will Have More to Do with Federalism than Science On February 12 and 13th,  the California Coastal Commission had its monthly meeting. Of the topics discussed at that meeting, perhaps the one most likely to generate any news was the Commission’s… Read more »

Kassouni Law Prompts Court Decision Changing California Constitutional Property Rights Law

San Francisco, CA August 26, 2013 On August 21, 2013 the California Supreme Court let stand a precedent setting, landmark property rights decision issued by the Court of Appeal which has changed property rights law. Business and property owners now have added Constitutional protection from project development delays and overzealous government regulation, signaling a new… Read more »

California Supreme Court Grants California Coastal Commission Jurisdiction Over Subdivisions

Last week the California Supreme Court in Palisades Bowl v. City of Los Angeles granted the Coastal Commission broad jurisdiction over paper subdivisions, even though the subdivision of property does not change the intensity or density of use, and does not meet the classic definition of “development” in the Coastal Act. The case originated when the… Read more »