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DIVISION 21. STATE COASTAL CONSERVANCY [31000 - 31410]

  ( Division 21 added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1441. )

CHAPTER 5. Coastal Restoration Projects [31200 - 31215]
  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1441. )

31200.
  

The conservancy may award grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for the purpose of restoration of areas of the coastal zone that, because of scattered ownerships, poor lot layout, inadequate park and open space, incompatible land uses, or other conditions, are adversely affecting the coastal environment or are impeding orderly development. Grants under this section shall be utilized for the assembly of parcels of land within designated coastal restoration areas, for the redesign of those areas, and the installation of public improvements required to serve those areas. As provided in this chapter, the cost of acquisition of certain coastal access and open-space lands, other than those acquired through dedication, within restoration areas may be funded through the conservancy. Grants under this section may not be utilized as a method of acquisition of public park, recreation, or wildlife areas, except as those uses may be incidental to a coastal restoration project. After redesign and installation of public improvements, if any, lands containing coastal restoration projects, with the exception of lands acquired for public purposes as provided in this chapter, shall be conveyed to any person for the purpose of development in accordance with a restoration plan approved under Section 31208.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 958, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2003.)

31201.
  

All areas proposed for restoration by the conservancy, a local public agency, or a nonprofit organization shall be identified in a certified local coastal plan or program as requiring public action to resolve existing or potential development problems or shall be so identified in other local plans which the commission determines to be consistent with the policies and objectives of Division 20 (commencing with Section 30000). In the case of San Francisco Bay, the lands shall be so identified in the bay plan, the Suisun Marsh Protection Plan, or in any other local plan which the bay commission determines to be consistent with such plans.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 67, Sec. 5. Effective February 28, 1982.)

31203.
  

In reviewing grant applications and restoration plans, the conservancy shall seek to promote excellence of design and shall stimulate projects which exhibit innovation in sensitively integrating man-made features into the natural coastal environment.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1441.)

31204.
  

The conservancy may provide up to the total cost of any coastal restoration project, including the local share of federally supported projects. The conservancy may also require local funding participation in coastal restoration projects. The amount of funding provided by the conservancy and the degree of local participation shall be determined by the total amount of funding available for coastal restoration projects, the fiscal resources of the applicant, the urgency of the project relative to other eligible coastal restoration projects, the degree to which the project meets the objectives set forth in Section 31203, and the application of other factors prescribed by the conservancy for the purpose of determining project eligibility and priority in order to more effectively carry out the provisions of this division.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1441.)

31205.
  

The conservancy shall request the commission, local public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other public and private groups to assist in the development of criteria and guidelines for the submission, evaluation, and determination of priority of coastal restoration projects. After considering comments received from such sources and ensuring that adequate opportunity for public review and comment has been provided, the conservancy shall adopt guidelines and criteria for the administration of the coastal program authorized under this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 67, Sec. 6. Effective February 28, 1982.)

31206.
  

In accordance with procedures adopted by the conservancy, public agencies and nonprofit organizations may submit proposed coastal restoration projects for consideration by the conservancy.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 958, Sec. 11. Effective January 1, 2003.)

31207.
  

In connection with proposed coastal restoration projects, the conservancy may fund up to three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000) of the cost of preparing coastal restoration plans.

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 958, Sec. 12. Effective January 1, 2003.)

31207.1.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the conservancy may enter into an option to acquire an interest in real property in connection with a restoration project, when the Legislature appropriates funds for purposes of carrying out the objectives of this division. The cost of the option may not exceed six hundred thousand dollars ($600,000).

(Amended by Stats. 2002, Ch. 958, Sec. 13. Effective January 1, 2003.)

31208.
  

(a) Following completion of a coastal restoration plan, the conservancy shall forward the proposed plan to the commission for determination of conformity of the plan with the policies and objectives of Division 20 (commencing with Section 30000). The commission shall have 60 days to review the project and transmit the findings on such plan to the conservancy. If no comments are received within that period, the coastal restoration plan shall be deemed to be in accord with Division 20 (commencing with Section 30000).

(b) Following the certification of a local coastal program, the city or county or city and county with jurisdiction over the certified area, rather than the commission, shall review the coastal restoration plan where: (1) the proposed restoration plan will be implemented entirely within one local public agency’s jurisdiction; (2) the area proposed for restoration is identified pursuant to the provisions of Section 31201; and (3) implementation of the coastal restoration plan does not require an amendment to the certified local coastal program. The local public agency shall review the coastal restoration plan to determine consistency with the certified local coastal program within 60 days after transmittal of the plan from the conservancy and shall transmit its findings to the conservancy immediately upon completion of plan review. If no comments are received at the end of the 60-day period, the plan shall be deemed to be in accord with the provisions of the certified local coastal program.

Where the coastal restoration plan will be implemented in whole or in part in an area in which the commission retains coastal development permit jurisdiction pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 30519, or in an area in which two or more local governments have coastal development permit jurisdiction, or where a local coastal program amendment is required to implement the plan, the commission shall be responsible for coastal restoration plan review and shall conduct the review in the following manner. The commission shall review the coastal restoration plan for consistency with the policies and objectives of Division 20, as provided in subdivision (a), for an area subject to retained coastal development permit jurisdiction pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 30519 and where a local coastal program amendment is required, and shall review the plan for consistency with certified local coastal programs for areas under local government coastal development permit jurisdiction.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 505, Sec. 3. Effective July 13, 1982.)

31208.5.
  

In the case of San Francisco Bay projects, the conservancy shall forward a proposed coastal restoration plan to the bay commission for determination of conformity with the bay plan, and, where relevant, with the Suisun Marsh Protection Plan. The bay commission shall have 60 days to review the plan and transmit its findings on such plan to the conservancy. If no comments are received within such period, the restoration plan shall be deemed to be in accord with the bay plan and, where relevant, the Suisun Marsh Protection Plan.

(Added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 967, Sec. 8.)

31209.
  

Following approval of a restoration plan as provided in Section 31208, the conservancy shall so notify the local public agency and shall authorize the agency to proceed with actions required to implement the plan.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1441.)

31210.
  

Costs of providing parks, open space, or other public areas and facilities may be included as project costs within coastal restoration areas, if they are designed to serve the residents of the restoration area and do not constitute a disproportionate share of the total project cost. Costs of providing public coastal access sites and scenic easements serving the public may be permitted as project costs where such features are part of a coastal restoration plan approved as provided in Section 31208.

(Amended by Stats. 1979, Ch. 930.)

31211.
  

The conservancy, local public agencies, and nonprofit organizations, in undertaking coastal restoration projects as provided in this chapter, shall be subject to the provisions of Division 24 (commencing with Section 33000) of the Health and Safety Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 67, Sec. 8. Effective February 28, 1982.)

31212.
  

Any funds over and above eligible project costs which remain after completion of a coastal restoration project as provided in this chapter shall be transmitted by the recipient to the state and deposited with the conservancy and shall be available for expenditure when appropriated by the Legislature for the purposes of funding the programs specified in this division.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 67, Sec. 9. Effective February 28, 1982.)

31213.
  

Where a local public agency is unable or unwilling to undertake restoration of any area, the conservancy may undertake the restoration or authorize a nonprofit organization to do so after notification to the local public agency, if a coastal restoration plan for the area has been prepared by the conservancy and approved as provided in Section 31208.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 67, Sec. 10. Effective February 28, 1982.)

31213.5.
  

In the case of San Francisco Bay, the conservancy may undertake restoration of an area only upon formal request by resolution of a local public agency or the bay commission, except that, with respect to lands within Contra Costa County, such restoration or other action may be undertaken only upon the formal request by resolution of the local public agency having jurisdiction over such lands; provided, however, that a restoration plan for the area has been prepared by the conservancy and approved in accordance with Section 31208.5.

(Added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 967, Sec. 9.)

31214.
  

A restoration plan prepared for a project to be carried out by the conservancy as provided in Section 31213, shall, before any lands are acquired or other implementation actions taken, be submitted to the local public agency which exercises land use regulation over the area of the proposed project. The local public agency shall have 90 days to review and comment on the proposed coastal restoration project. If, during that period, that local public agency or an appropriate nonprofit organization agrees to carry out the project within the guidelines established in the restoration plan, the conservancy may authorize the local public agency or nonprofit organization to carry out the restoration project, which shall then be subject to all provisions of this division.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 67, Sec. 11. Effective February 28, 1982.)

31215.
  

Prior to undertaking any restoration project under the provisions of Section 31213, the project shall be included within, and funded under, the Budget Act.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1441.)

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