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SEA Program - Policy Map - Modifications (2013 - 2015)

This page illustrates the updates made to the SEA boundaries between 2013 and 2015. Please see the Hearings & Meetings tab for more information on the currently proposed SEA ordinance scheduled before the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission on May 17, 2017.


OCTOBER 6, 2015 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

The Los Angeles County 2035 General Plan Update, including the SEA Program Goals and Policies, Countywide SEA and Coastal Resource Areas Map and SEA Descriptions were approved at the October 6, 2015 Board of Supervisors public hearing. The 2035 General Plan went into effect on November 5, 2015 with the updated SEA Boundaries.

MARCH 24, 2015 GENERAL PLAN APPROVED AT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: WITH COUNTYWIDE SEA MAP and POLICY

The Los Angeles County General Plan 2035, including the SEA Program Goals and Policies, SEA Program Policy Map (Figure 9.3) and SEA Descriptions were approved at the March 24, 2015Board of Supervisors public hearing.

SEA and Coastal Resource Areas Map/Figure 9.3:

SEA Map


FEBRUARY 2015: MINOR CHANGES TO THE COASTAL RESOURCE AREAS TO MATCH THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS LOCAL COASTAL PLAN

After the Santa Monica Mountains Local Coastal Plan was adopted minor changes were made to the proposed SEA Map to reflect the final approved boundaries of the Coastal Zone. The changes are not generally visible in figure 9.3. Here is a sample image of the adjustment, with the adjusted Coastal Zone in red, the Proposed SEA in green and the Coastal Resource Area in diagonal stripes.

Coastal


DECEMBER 10, 2014: REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDS APPROVAL OF GENERAL PLAN UPDATE: WITH SEA MAP AND POLICY

The Regional Planning Commission recommended for approval to the Board of Supervisors, the 2035 General Plan, including SEA Program Policy Map.

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed update of the Los Angeles County General Plan and the Draft EIR on December 10th 2014. After hearing testimony the Commission unanimously moved to adopt a resolution recommending approval of the General Plan Update Project to the Board of Supervisors.

SEA Map Changes:

This approval included the Countywide SEA Map (Figure 9.3), which includes the changes to the Antelope Valley Area Plan SEA Map that the Board of Supervisors heard on November 12, 2104.

At the December 10th hearing the Regional Planning Commission expressed concern that the SEA Map should require specific review for compatibility with community plans in the following communities: Altadena, Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights. In order to accomplish this review, the Regional Planning Commission recommended creation of a new SEA category, known as the “Conceptual SEAs”. The Conceptual SEAs are the proposed SEAs prior to the December 10th hearing which have been presented by the Department of Regional Planning within the areas contained in the Community Plans for Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights and Altadena.

For these communities the adopted SEAs will be retained and the designation of Conceptual SEA were added as overlay showing where the proposed SEA Boundary updates would be within these three areas. Conceptual SEAs will replace the current adopted SEAs in these three communities only as each community amends or updates its own community plan.

These changes have been are reflected in Figure 9.3 which was submitted to the Board of Supervisors in the Board Submittal for the March 24th hearing.

Proposed


NOVEMBER 12, 2014 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVE THE ANTELOPE VALLEY AREA PLAN

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the proposed Antelope Valley Area Plan and its appurtenant Final Environmental Impact Report on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. After hearing testimony from about a dozen people, the Board unanimously indicated its intent to approve the Area Plan Update and certify its Final EIR. The Antelope Valley Area Plan Update was Item No. 64 on the agenda. This intent to approve the Area Plan Update and certify its Final EIR includes updates to the SEA Policy Map, SEA Program Goals and Policies and SEA Descriptions within the Antelope Valley Planning Area. Please refer to the Antelope Valley Area Plan Webpage for further updates or see below for links to additional hearing materials.

SEA Program Specific Changes:

At the November 12th hearing the Board of Supervisors moved to make the following changes to the Antelope Valley Area Plan regarding the implementation of the SEA Program:

  • Add a provision that ensures that if a conflict exists between the Antelope Valley Area Plan (AVAP) and any new or existing Significant Ecological Area (SEA) ordinance, the provisions in the AVAP shall control;
  • Prohibit ground mounted utility-scale renewable energy projects in all SEA and EOA designated areas in the AVAP;
  • Exempt from the SEA Ordinance single family residences and their accessory structures and animal keeping areas and facilities located within the boundaries of the AVAP;
  • Exempt from the SEA Ordinance all previously disturbed farmland located within the boundaries of the AVAP;
  • Exempt from the SEA Ordinance minor subdivisions located within the boundaries of the AVAP;
  • Exempt from the SEA Ordinance the rebuilding and replacement of structures destroyed in a catastrophic event;

These changes have been made within the Antelope Valley Area Plan, within the Renewable Energy ordinance, and are reflected in the latest draft SEA ordinance update (Draft No. 7).

Map Changes:

At the November 12th hearing the Board of Supervisors moved to make the following changes to the Antelope Valley Area Plan SEA Map:

  • Adjust the Significant Ecological Area (SEA) designation within the East and Central Economic Opportunity Areas (EOA) to the boundaries which generally align with the existing adopted SEAs and do not include any additional SEA expansion in the EOAs
  • also, remove the SEA designation from the Rural Land - Maximum 1 Dwelling Unit per gross acre (RL1), Rural Commercial (CR) and Light Industrial (IL) in the West EOA

  • Within the West EOA, the SEA overlay/designation shall apply only to the portion of the parcel or lot that are indicated as SEAs in the Land Use Policy Map (Map 2.1) of the AVAP, if a portion of such a lot has an SEA overlay/designation, only that portion of the lot shall be subject to the SEA regulations, not the entire lot notwithstanding Section 22.56.215 of the County Code

AV Changes


October 8, 2014 Regional Planning Commission (Draft No. 6)

On October 8, 2014, staff presented edits to the SEA Ordinance (Draft No. 6) to the Regional Planning Commission. The Regional Planning Commission moved to take the SEA Ordinance off calendar at this hearing. The 2035 General Plan Update, including the SEA Policy Map and SEA Program Goals and Policies continued forward to the RPC on December 10th.


SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 ANTELOPE VALLEY AREA PLAN AT REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission held a public hearing on the proposed update of the Antelope Valley Area Plan and the Draft EIR on Saturday, September 27, 2014 in the Antelope Valley. After hearing testimony from approximately 70 persons, the Commission closed the public hearing, and recommended approval of the project to the Board of Supervisors with additional changes. The changes can be seen above in the map for the November 12th hearing of the Board or downloaded below.

AV SEA Program Changes

At the September 27th hearing the Regional Planning Commission brought forward the following changes to the Antelope Valley Area Plan regarding the SEA Program: “Add broader language in the Plan regarding SEAs and a future SEA ordinance that addresses flexibility in the review of projects based on value of resources and mitigation, and that adjustments to the SEA boundaries may be made in the future based on certain criteria.”

AV SEA Map Changes

At the September 27th hearing the Regional Planning Commission brought forward the following changes to the Antelope Valley Area Plan SEA Policy Map: - “Revise the SEA boundary within the West Economic Opportunity Area to follow the west Branch of the California Aqueduct and the east edge of Quail Lake on the west and the CA-138 and West EOA boundary on the south.” - “Revise SEA boundary within the Central Economic Opportunity Area to establish the Southern Pacific Railroad as the westernmost boundary.”


AUGUST 6, 2014, SEA MAP & BOUNDARIES AT REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION

The content of this meeting focused on how the SEA boundaries are determined and included the Department’s responses to public comments regarding the boundaries.


JUNE 25, 2014 PUBLIC HEARING (Continued)

Department staff requested that the commission continue the SEA Program Update from the date of June 25th to the date of August 6th to allow more time for public input. Please review the memos below for more information.


APRIL 23, 2014 SEA ORDINANCE DRAFT 5 PUBLIC HEARING

The SEA Ordinance Draft 5 and supporting materials were presented at Hearing #3 of the General Plan Update, a public hearing of the Regional Planning Commission.


JANUARY 23, 2013 SEA ORDINANCE DRAFT 3 PUBLIC HEARING

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