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  ( Division 14 added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1556. )

CHAPTER 4. Powers and Duties [22050 - 22057]
  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1556. )


The commission may:

(a) For purposes of this division, accept any gifts, donations, or bequests from individuals or organizations, or accept grants of funds from private or public agencies.

(b) Appoint committees from its membershp.

(c) Contract for or employ any professional services required by the commission or for the performance of services which in its opinion cannot satisfactorily be performed by its officers and employees or provided by other federal, state, or local governmental agencies.

(d) Do any and all other things necessary to carry out the purposes of this division.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1556.)


Within nine months of the first meeting of the commission, the commission shall make a detailed study of all factors that may significantly affect or cause irreversible modification of the present and future status of the zone and its relationship with the region, and any other factors, including, but not limited to:

(a) The zone as an airshed resource for the region, considering climatology and meteorology.

(b) Open space, including scenic easements, parks, and natural preserves, and fire hazards and fire prevention.

(c) Watersheds, floods, and flood damage prevention.

(d) Beaches, estuaries, lagoons, coastal bluffs, springs, creeks, lakes, fish, wildlife, and natural plantlife of the zone and the effects of development thereon.

(e) Recreation, including beaches, parks, and other facilities for sport fishing, surfing, pleasure boating, picnicking, camping, mountaineering, hiking, and horseback riding.

(f) Inventory of Indian settlements and other historical and archeological sites, fossil beds, unusual plantlife, and geological formations for possible future preservation and utilization.

(g) Water supply, water quality, and waste disposal, including sewage plants and outfalls and thermal and radioactive pollution.

(h) Solid waste disposal, including the effect of sanitary landfill activities.

(i) Geology, erosion, soil types, land stability, and grading practices.

(j) Proposed transportation plans, including present and projected traffic patterns, and new methods of solving transportation problems.

(k) Projected population and related housing development within the zone and the impact thereof on the zone and region.

(l) Power and desalination plants.

(m) Exploration and exploitation of oil and gas and other minerals and natural resources.

(n) Present land uses and known proposals for change, including impact of land appraisal and tax policies.

(o) Present ownerships, including the administration of publicly owned properties.

(p) Present regulation of land and water uses and activities of all levels of government.

(q) Present laws affecting the zone.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1556.)


The commission shall analyze the interrelations of the studies prepared pursuant to Section 22051 in order to ascertain what is needed for balanced conservation and development, determine a set of policies and priorities based on this analysis, and prepare a proposal for further legislative action to provide for implementation of these policies.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1556.)


The existence of the commission shall terminate on the 61st day after the final adjournment of the 1972 Regular Session of the Legislature.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1556.)


In the preparation of its studies, the commission may ask for current land use information, studies, and plans of cities and counties. Federal governmental agencies are requested to, and state and local governmental agencies shall, comply with the requests of the commission for such information. The commission shall make its studies available to cooperating governmental agencies upon request.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1556.)


The commission may appoint technical advisory committees, whose members shall serve without compensation, and prescribe their membership, powers, and duties.

(Added by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1556.)

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