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Bodega Bay, Jenner public meetings set on coastal plan update

Sonoma County officials are beginning an update to a document that guides growth and resource protection along the coast.

Upcoming work on the county's local coastal plan will be discussed at a pair of public workshops this week in Bodega Bay and Jenner.

Local coastal plans are a requirement under the state's 1972 Coastal Act, which resulted partly from battles over development along the Sonoma Coast in the 1960s. The county's 20-year plan was last updated in 2001.

The proposed revisions will not focus on major land-use or zoning issues, but a range of environmental topics: sea level rise, water quality, biotic resources, public access and coastal erosion hazards.

Wednesday's workshop will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bodega Bay Fire Station. A Saturday workshop, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., will take place at the Jenner Community Club.

County planners are holding the workshops to gather input before a series of public hearings before the Planning Commission this winter. The county plan is subject to approval by the state Coastal Commission.

For more information contact, Sandi Potter, the county planning department's environmental review and special projects manager, 565-8351.


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