Two agencies postponed planned discussions on sea level rise policy. Members of the California Coastal Commission and Port of San Diego were slated to discuss the hot-button environmental issue at their respective August meetings, but both agencies will instead revisit the guidance chat at a later time.
Coastal Commission members planned to receive a briefing on Aug. 9, with the Ocean Protection Council scheduled to present new scientific information and recommendations about sea level rise. The Aug. 9 agenda item was postponed.
Staff with the Port of San Diego intended to give the district’s Board of Port Commissioners a presentation of its sea level rise vulnerability assessment. However, it was determined board action on the agenda item, according to port district staff, was not necessary “because more prescriptive policy guidance was recently established by the state [earlier] this year.”
It’s unclear when the Coastal Commission will revisit its sea level rise policy guidance discussion. The Port of San Diego’s board will also revisit its discussion on the sea level rise vulnerability assessment at some point in the future.
“It is anticipated that a Board discussion of related adaptation related goals and strategies will be scheduled for a future date in association with the release of the Draft Port Master Plan Update and accompanying Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report,” port district staff stated.