January 13, 2010

Filing an Appeal with the CA Coastal Commission

[revised 1/21 to reflect appeal period dates]

As mentioned previously, the City has filed a Notice of Final Action with the California Coastal Commission over the Sean Hitchcock permit mess. This triggers the appeal period.

Time Frame for Filing an Appeal: An appeal must be filed by 5:00 p.m. of the 10th working day after a sufficient Notice of Final Action on the permit application was received by the CCC.

The appeal period for the Hitchcock matter expires January 29.

Persons Eligible to Appeal: The applicant, any aggrieved party or any two members of the CCC may appeal. An "aggrieved person" is any person who, in person or through a representative, appeared at a public hearing of the local government in connection with the decision being appealed, or who, by other appropriate means prior to a hearing, informed the local government of the nature of his/her concerns or who for good cause was unable to do either.

How to Appeal: The appeal form can be found here.

For the Hitchcock situation, select the "South Coast District" form. You may download as either a Word document or as a PDF.

Valid Grounds for an Appeal: The grounds for appealing a project are limited to whether the project conforms to the requirements of the Local Coastal Plan (LCP) or the public access policies of the Coastal Act.

So there ya go...more than you ever wanted to know about how to appeal to the Coastal Commission!