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By Eric Heinz

The city of San Clemente’s Local Coastal Land Use Plan (CLUP) was discussed by the California Coastal Commission at its Dec. 14 meeting, and action is expected to be taken on the item at the next meeting.

Commission members were briefed on some of the recommended changes, agreed upon by San Clemente city officials, but there were some corresponding letters submitted by members of the public on the proposed changes.

The revetment walls of Capistrano Shores. Photo: File

Capistrano Shores Inc. (CSI), the company that runs the mobile home park along the coast near Pacific Coast Highway, continues to fight for the ability to repair and maintain its revetment walls that protect the homes from encroaching sea levels.

A major concern of CSI is establishing itself as an existing location with existing structures. One of the amendments that surfaced from the Coastal Commission would define existing structures in the area as having been built before 1977 and therefore would leave structures built after that time with fewer protections. Many of the mobile home structures in the CSI subdivision were built after that time, although the subdivision has existed since the 1950s.

Another key concern was the ability for short-term lodging unit (STLU) owners wanting to protect their ability to continue renting rooms to people in the coastal zone. Opponents of STLUs have maintained using a residence as a lodging facility causes problems for neighbors.

The next Coastal Commission meeting is scheduled for Feb. 7-9 in Cambria. To find out more about the city’s current CLUP adjustments, visit under Meetings and click Monthly Agenda. A link to the changes will be posted with this article at

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