WHAT IS SCOPING???. First opportunity for public to define the issues that should be analyzed in the Environmental Impact Report or EIR. Christina McGinnis, Bioregional Planning Associates, email@example.com.
First opportunity for public to define the issues that should be analyzed in the Environmental Impact Report or EIR
Christina McGinnis, Bioregional Planning Associates, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sprawl: The Threat to Gaviota“All that is constant about the Californiaof my childhood is the rate at which it disappears.” -The writer Joan Didio
A recent survey by the Pew Center found that suburbansprawl ties with crime as a top local concern for most Americans
Ocean and nearshore habitats, grasslands, wetlands, creeks and wildlife corridors are the primary areas that warrant protection.What is our vision?The rural, natural character of the coast must be preserved.
Naples is an important part of the south coast region, which is recognized as one of the top “hot” spots for biodiversity in the world, and is considered of national and international significance.
When you turn to the mountains, think of the sea……..
California ranks second in the country in the number of listed endangered and threatened species. 2/3 of the listed species depend on aquatic ecosystems during part of their life cycle.
The Coastal Act § 30251 requires the protection of views in the ocean and scenic coastal areas of Naples.
The Coastal Act § 30240 protects environmentally sensitive habitat areas from significant disruption.
The Coastal Act § 30231 requires the protection of coastal and marine ecosystems from development and its impacts, including watersheds, wetlands, and kelp areas and associated marine biodiversity…
The sensitive intertidal wetland
The project and associated zoning district must be crafted to prevent a precedent for converting agricultural lands
A full Phase I report should be prepared for the project site given the archaeological sensitivity of the western portion of the coastal side of the development.
The PD should state what the intent is for the sale and development of the lots. Would it be designed as a “planned community” development? How would the impacts to visual resources change if the property was an individual “lot-sale”, rather than a planned development?
Impacts from urban and agricultural development on sensitive coastal and marine ecosystems and creeks
Tomate Canada Creek
Naples Reef, a reef wetland, is one of the few reef wetlands of this type found along the southern California coast.
Naples Reef contains the highest diversity of intertidal organisms within the County. The benthic algae on Naples reef are considered one of the best examples on the South Coast.
Total Area: 18.98 square n.m.
Total Shoreline length: 6.49 n.m.
Habitats: Rocky reef, kelp beds, sandy bottom.
Depth range 0 to 145 fathoms, or 0 to 265 meters.
The Santa Barbara County Comprehensive Plan Conservation Element recommends that Naples Reef be preserved as a scientific research and educational area because of its unusual biological character.
The reefs in this area are incredibly diverse, particularly the offshore Naples reef, and is home to a rich diversity of benthic invertebrates, fish and seaweeds that form a unique ecosystem in this area.
Naples Reef is one of the two most thoroughly studied rocky reefs in Southern California.
CLUP Policy 7-19: In order to protect the marine resources of Naples Reef and the
adjacent beach as a hauling out area for harbor seals, intensive recreational use shall not be encouraged (emphasis added). Access to the site should continue to be by way of boats.
CLUP Policy 9-24: Recreational activities near or on areas used for marine mammal
hauling grounds shall be carefully monitored to ensure continued viability of these habitats.
CLUP Policy 9-25: Marine mammal rookeries shall not be altered or disturbed by
recreational, industrial, or any other uses during the times of the year when such areas are in use of reproductive activities, i.e., mating, pupping, and pup care.
CLUP Policy 9-31: Only light recreational use shall be permitted on public beaches which include or are adjacent to rocky points or intertidal areas.
CLUP Policy 9-33: Naples reef shall be maintained primarily as a site for scientific
research and education. Recreational and commercial uses shall be permitted as long as such uses do not result in depletion of marine resources (emphasis added).
Threats to the beach, nearshore and marine environments from urban development -Water quality impacts to intertidal, kelp and eelgrass habitats.
Endangered Brown Pelicans
Black shouldered kite
Black shouldered kite
Dead new born harbor seal
Limited public access should be allowed given these concerns.
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ATTEND THE PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR THE PROPOSED NAPLES DEVELOPMENT