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AB-1680 Coastal lands: coastal access plan: Hollister Ranch.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The public policy of protecting, expanding, enhancing, and promoting public access to the state’s coast, tidelands, and waterways is embodied in the California Constitution, numerous statutes and regulations, and common law.
(b) Multiple barriers have prevented the public from accessing and enjoying an 8.5-mile stretch of the coast at Hollister Ranch in the County of Santa Barbara for over 36 years.
(c) The limits on coastal public access at Hollister Ranch contradict the clear legislative intent that a coastal access program be implemented as expeditiously as possible at that property.
(d) The Legislature strongly encourages the ongoing process for all stakeholders to work together to develop a new public access plan for Hollister Ranch that recognizes the unique characteristics of the area and that will provide equitable access to the coast at Hollister Ranch.

SEC. 2.

 Section 30610.7 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

30610.7.
 (a) (1) The commission shall, in collaboration with the State Coastal Conservancy, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the State Lands Commission, by July 1, 2020, develop a new coastal access plan for Hollister Ranch in the County of Santa Barbara that will replace the existing coastal access program for Hollister Ranch that was adopted by the commission in 1982.
(2) The coastal access plan required to be developed under paragraph (1) shall include all of the following components with respect to coastal lands at Hollister Ranch:
(A) A provision providing for public access by land.
(B) A description of beach recreation areas.
(C) A description of scientific and educational areas.
(3) In addition to the components required by paragraph (2), the coastal access plan may include any of the following:
(A) A summary of permits needed to implement the plan.
(B) An implementation strategy.
(C) Recommendations for near-term implementation of specified portions of the plan.
(4) If the commission chooses to implement the coastal access plan in phases, the first phase of the plan shall include, but not be limited to, engaging a broad range of interested organizations and individuals to articulate a shared vision for future public access at Hollister Ranch and to catalog potential opportunities and constraints in achieving those objectives. This phase shall provide for diverse, equitable, and inclusive access that meets the needs, interests, and concerns of as broad a range of Californians as possible. The first phase shall be developed on or before ____.
(5) If the commission chooses to implement the coastal access plan in phases, the second phase of the plan shall establish deadlines for the full implementation of the plan. The second phase shall be completed by ____.
(6) While the coastal access plan’s full implementation may be conducted in phases, it is the intent of the Legislature that public access occur as early as possible. Thus, there shall be public access on a pilot project basis consistent with the coastal access plan no later than ____.
(b) If a coastal access plan deadline required under subdivision (a) is not met for any reason, the State Coastal Conservancy, in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the State Lands Commission, shall submit a report to the Legislature within 30 days of missing a deadline. The report shall include an explanation for why the coastal access plan has been delayed, a proposed completion date, and any other relevant information pertinent to the completion of the full implementation of the coastal access plan for Hollister Ranch. A report to be submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature that the State Coastal Conservancy, the State Public Works Board, and all other relevant state agencies, boards, and commissions use their authority provided under law to implement, as expeditiously as possible, the public access policies and provisions of this division at Hollister Ranch in the County of Santa Barbara.
(d) Notwithstanding provision 2 of category (2) of Item 3760-490-721 of the Budget Act of 1984, all in-lieu fees received pursuant to ____ before, on, or after January 1, 2020, as well as other moneys received by the State Coastal Conservancy for providing public access at Hollister Ranch from other public or private sources, including nonprofit sources, shall be deposited in the Hollister Ranch Access Management Subaccount, which is hereby created in the State Coastal Conservancy Fund. Moneys in the subaccount, upon appropriation by the Legislature, shall be used for any action necessary to implement the coastal access plan for Hollister Ranch.
SEC. 3.
 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique circumstances regarding Hollister Ranch.