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AB-1281 State parks: climate change: study.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 03/30/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 30, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1281


Introduced by Assembly Member Limón

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 30250 of the Public Resources Code, relating to coastal resources. relating to state parks.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1281, as amended, Limón. Coastal resources: development policies. State parks: climate change: study.
Existing law vests with the Department of Parks and Recreation control over the state park system, and requires the department to take various actions to develop, operate, and maintain units of the state park system. Existing law requires specified state agencies to implement policies and measures to address the effects of climate change and facilitate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the state.
This bill would require the department, by July 1, 2018, to complete a study that includes recommendations for further action that may be necessary to address the impacts of climate change at units of the state parks system, containing specified information.

The California Coastal Act of 1976 provides for the planning and regulation of development in the coastal zone, as defined. Existing law specifies planning and management policies for the location of new residential, commercial, and industrial development in the coastal zone.

This bill would make a nonsubstantive change in that provision.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Department of Parks and Recreation, by July 1, 2018, shall complete a study concerning the impacts of climate change at units of the state park system that includes all of the following:
(a) An evaluation of the existing infrastructure at state park units and the effects of climate change on that infrastructure.
(b) A description of ways to safeguard and improve existing public recreation facilities and access to state parks that may be affected by the impacts of climate change.
(c) A description of ways that other state agencies and local governments can best address the effects of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions at state parks.
(d) A summary of statewide planning measures for state parks that may be implemented to mitigate climate change issues.
(e) Any recommendations for future action that may be necessary to address the impacts of climate change at units of the state park system.
SECTION 1.Section 30250 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:
30250.

(a)New residential, commercial, or industrial development, except as otherwise provided in this division, shall be located within, contiguous with, or in close proximity to, existing developed areas able to accommodate it or, where these areas are not able to accommodate it, in other areas with adequate public services and where it will not have significant adverse effects, either individually or cumulatively, on coastal resources. In addition, land divisions, other than leases for agricultural uses, outside existing developed areas shall be permitted only where 50 percent of the usable parcels in the area have been developed and the created parcels would be no smaller than the average size of surrounding parcels.

(b)Where feasible, new hazardous industrial development shall be located away from existing developed areas.

(c)Visitor-serving facilities that cannot feasibly be located in existing developed areas shall be located in existing isolated developments or at selected points of attraction for visitors.