Carpinteria Dune & Shoreline Management Plan

The City initiated a General Plan & Local Coastal Land Use Plan update in 2016, which included a detailed Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan (SLRVAAP). The SLRVAAP, completed in 2019, evaluated vulnerabilities to City infrastructure and resources as well as the potential for future damages associated with coastal hazards such as coastal flooding, erosion, and severe storm events. The SLRVAAP identifies adaptation and resiliency strategies that are being used to inform the update to the General Plan, including creating a Dune & Shoreline Management Plan. The City has been awarded grant funding to create the Dune and Shoreline Management Plan, which includes developing several options for a living shoreline. The purpose of this project is to plan for a living shoreline dune system that will protect the shoreline and landward infrastructure against coastal hazards (e.g., tidal inundation, coastal flooding, and erosion) and future sea level rise. The living shoreline is a dune restoration adaptation strategy that will provide important benefits to coastal recreation, natural ecosystems, beach neighborhood, and the local economy.



Workshop #2 provides a progress update, including an overview of the draft Constraints and Feasibility Report.

PUBLIC WORKSHOP #3: May 6, 2021 AT 5:30 PM

PUBLIC WORKSHOP #4: October 21, 2021 AT 5:30 PM

PUBLIC WORKSHOP #5: January 13, 2022 AT 5:30 PM


Schedule: The City initiated this process in the fall of 2020 and will complete the Dune & Shoreline Management Plan in the winter of 2021-2022. There will be several opportunities to stay involved throughout the life of the project. The Project’s goal is to protect public resources, City assets, and private property from the effects of coastal erosion and increased sea level rise over time. A variety of strategies are being considered along the coastline, and require additional public input to incorporate local needs.

Public Outreach and Agency Coordination (August 2020 – January 2022)

Coastal Hazards Modeling (September 2020 – September 2021)

Constraints and Feasibility Analysis (November 2020 – October 2021)

Conceptual Living Shoreline Design (January 2021 – October 2021)

Dune and Shoreline Management Plan (January 2021 – January 2022)

City Council Acceptance: February 14, 2022

Contact: Erin Maker, Environmental Program Manager, 805.880.3415