In 2018, the City of Oxnard began updating the Local Coastal Plan (LCP) to respond to California Coastal Commission guidance documents. The first step was to conduct an evaluation of Sea Level Rise (SLR), and Vulnerability, and identification of Adaptation approaches. The analysis was based upon the ± Modeling results from Coastal Resilience Ventura (ESA PWA, 2013) model and utilized California Coastal Commission, SLR policy guidance documents available and required in 2015. These documents were envisioned to inform and assist in updating the City’s LCP.
Since this time and upon evaluating the data, methodology, and varying approaches the City chose to put the SLR and LCP update work on hold pending a robust analysis of SLR options and policy approaches appropriate for the City of Oxnard. The City is still in the process of evaluating the SLR options and approach which is most appropriate for the City. In 2023, the City will be advancing work on SLR and the LCP. For updates on this information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The next step in the LCP update process is an analysis to evaluate the information provided in the current Adaptation and the Vulnerability Reports to determine if this model and age of the data is reasonable. Included in the analysis will be a relook at the best available science (model/age of data) to determine the best SLR model for the City, including evaluating the sufficiency of the current 2013 model/data and proceeding with these report conclusions to draft LCP policies for Oxnard.
The City is seeking to draft an updated LCP that helps the City secure Coastal Commission approval while still: (1) supporting the community’s vision for the future; (2) addressing specific coastal hazard risks; (3) is consistent with California Coastal Act policies as approverd by the City Council; (4) generally, follows policy directions in the Coastal Commission’s SLR Policy Guidance, as amended and within context for the City of Oxnard; and (5) reduces impacts from hazard events compared to not having taken any adaptative actions.