|Excellent surf has graced the Sloat shoreline this month.|
The road to restoring Sloat moved forward this year with the passage of the Local Coastal Plan (LCP) amendment. The LCP, which covers zoning rules for the erosion hotspot, allows the City to adopt the Ocean Beach Master Plan's recommendations for the area. This will include a relocation plan for the road and parking lots, and the use of a low-impact / beach friendly protection device for the wastewater infrastructure.
Surfrider activists and supporters put in a lot time attending meetings, signing petitions and providing comment letters in support of the City's move in this direction. We wish to commend everyone that helped with the campaign thus far.
What's next on the roadmap to Restore Sloat?
- 2018 Near-Term Improvements.
New temporary parking arrangements for beach access south of Sloat are due to begin construction this year. A walking/jogging path will be included in the project.
- Alternatives Analysis Report (AAR)
The AAR is for the long-term restoration / protection project that was outlined in the Ocean Beach Master Plan. The AAR will include a relocation option weighed for the Lake Merced Tunnel. Surfrider has advocated that the City look into this option as it may bring the most long-term benefits in term of infrastructure security, beach restoration and cost effectiveness.
- The Conceptual Engineering Report (CER) Phase
Following on the heals of the AAR, a preferred project will be selected. The CER will be the initial engineering specs. for the long-term plan.
- 2019 Environmental Review:
By 2019, a period of Environmental Review / CEQA (CA Environmental Quality Act) determination will begin for the long-term project.
- 2020 Coastal Commission Permitting
The final stop before construction of the long-term plan will include a Coastal Commission permit application which is due to be heard by 2020. If all goes well, we can see the a Sloat restoration project break ground in 2021.
That's it. As always, thanks for checking in.
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