local coastal program amendment at the same time that a coastal permit
is being considered is inadvisable.
STATE OF CALIFORNIA -THE RESOURCES
AGENCY GRAY DAVIS, Governor
January 8, 2002
Ms. Vivian Sala
Subject: Pebble Beach Measure A Processing
Thank you for your letter of November 16, 2001 to Tami Grove concerning Monterey County's processing of Measure A with regard to Pebble Beach. We share your concern that pursuing certification of Measure as a local coastal program amendment at the same time that a coastal permit is being considered is inadvisable. We have communicated that concern to the County.
Your letter recognizes the benefits of gathering environmental data for both processes (LCP amendment and permit) concurrently. We have endorsed that approach. However, we have discussed with the County that at some point the LCP amendment process and the permit process should separate. Our agency needs to act on the LCP amendment prior to the County taking a final action on the coastal permit.
We understand that the County has just filed the permit application and will be commencing environmental review. We told the County staff that we would like to meet with them in a few months to address this scheduling question. By then we should have a better idea as to the progress of collecting resource information.
Your letter requested a meeting with us to discuss this matter. From our perspective such a meetintg appears premature. However, if you have additional information or concerns to impart to us at this time, please let us know, and we will be happy to set up a meeting.
Finally, you should be aware that the County itself is the applicant for any LCP amendment and decides when they want to submit one. Although we can offer suggestions in this regard, we cannot compel the County to submit an amendment request. Thus, you should continue to make your concerns known to County officials.