Carlsbad Seeks Public Input at Upcoming Sea Level Rise Meeting

Coastal cities in California are required to show how they will handle rising sea levels when they update their Local Coastal Programs.

By Maggie Avants (Patch Staff) - September 30, 2016 4:53 am ET

CARLSBAD, CA — The city of Carlsbad will host a community meeting to discuss how Carlsbad will adapt to a rising sea level. The meeting will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the City of Carlsbad Faraday Center, 1635 Faraday Ave.

All coastal cities in California are required to show how they will handle rising sea levels when they update their Local Coastal Programs. The LCP ensures that development within the city’s coastal zone protects and enhances coastal resources and is consistent with the California Coastal Act.

The rising sea level directly affects people who live and own property in areas along the coast and near lagoons. It also affects the entire community because beaches, roads, trails, campgrounds and natural areas near the coast and lagoons may be negatively affected by future flooding and storms.

“The City of Carlsbad is continuing work on a plan to address sea level rise, and we appreciate the input we’ve already received from community members,” said Jennifer Jesser, a city planner who is overseeing the sea level rise study. “Now we’d like to discuss ideas about how the community can adapt to future sea level rise.”

According to a news release, discussion topics at the Oct. 12 meeting will include: what areas of Carlsbad will be affected by rising sea levels and when; and the options available to help homeowners and the city plan and prepare for sea level rise.

The evening will feature two speakers: Richard Beck, a professional wetland scientist who recently served as president of the Society of Wetland Scientists, Western Chapter; and Dr. David Revell, a coastal geomorphologist, or scientist who studies how land changes, with nearly 20 years of experience studying the coast and estuaries, and who serves as an adviser to coastal cities on how to adapt to sea level rise.

Beck and Revell are part of the team assisting the city of Carlsbad with its sea level rise study and update of its LCP.

The city's draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment can be viewed on its website.

Any questions about the upcoming meeting can be directoed to Carl Stiehl at 760-602-4605 or carl.stiehl@carlsbadca.gov.

Image courtesy of city of Carlsbad