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Coastal Commission Has Concerns with Gaviota Coast Plan

State Authority Wants More Oversight of Ranching, Farming

Paul Wellman (file)

Members of the Gaviota Coast Planning Advisory Committee (GavPAC) are getting the band back together, so to speak, to address a list of modifications that the California Coastal Commission has made to the group’s Gaviota Coast Plan, a long-range planning document approved by county supervisors in 2016 after seven years of stakeholder input. Essentially, commission staffers want closer oversight of farming and ranching operations ​— ​particularly near creeks and endangered-species habitat ​— ​and would require permits for activities exempted in the plan. County supervisors on Tuesday voted to withdraw the plan, address commission concerns at a July 3 GavPAC workshop, and resubmit the document for commission review in August.

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