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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan

The City has begun the process of developing a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan that will assess the City’s vulnerabilities to sea level rise and analyze the feasibility, economic impacts, and environmental consequences of various adaptation strategies for the low-lying and coastal bluff areas of the City. Findings from the plan will be incorporated into the policies and development standards of the City’s Local Coastal Program. In 2016, the City was awarded grant funds from the California Coastal Commission for development of a Sea Level Rise Adaptation from 2017 through spring of 2019. Development of the plan will involve stakeholder involvement and a public outreach program.

The first phase of the Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan is the preparation of a Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment. The Draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment identifies areas of the City that are at risk from sea level rise and related hazards through the year 2100 without any intervention. The assessment will inform the development of the Adaptation Plan that will analyze potential adaptation strategies to address coastal hazards associated with sea level rise.

The Draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment, along with associated draft hazard maps, will be available on November 26, 2018 here. Hard copies of the document will be available for review at:


  • The City’s Planning Division offices (630 Garden Street); and

  • The Central Library (40 East Anapamu Street).

The City of Santa Barbara will be hosting a Public Workshop on the Draft Vulnerability Assessment on December 5, 2018.

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