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By Eric Heinz

The city of San Clemente announced on Sept. 20 that following a hearing at the Sept. 19 Planning Commission meeting, it will issue a draft Local Coastal Program (LCP) Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA) for a six-week public review and comment period ending on Oct. 31.

The amendment is available on the city’s website.

The California Coastal Commission (CCC) approved a comprehensive update to the city’s Local Coastal Program Land Use Plan in February with suggested modifications, and City Council approved an update in June, directing its staff to prepare a focused LUPA.

The updates to the LUPA include the start date for calculating cumulative changes to an existing structure relative to the “major remodel” definition contained in the LUP as well as some other amendments.

The major remodel definition is significant to coastal property owners who have fought against adopting a date that cumulates alterations of more than 50 percent of a total structure dating back to 1977, the adoption year of the California Coastal Act. A new date would start that cumulative calculation to Aug. 10, 2018, the date of the LUP amendment date.

After the LUPA public review period and a public hearing before the City Council, tentatively scheduled for November or December, the LUPA will be submitted to the CCC for consideration at its meeting in March, according to the city’s press release.

Public comments on the amendment may be emailed to Carl Stiehl, senior planner for San Clemente at or by mail to the Planning Services Division, Attn: Carl Stiehl, 910 Calle Negocio, Suite 100, San Clemente, CA 92673 by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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