California Coastal Commission

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  • The California Coastal Commission is a state agency that has regulatory and supervisory powers over developments in the California coastal zone. Its agenda is to protect, restore, and enhance the environment of the California coastline. In fulfilling these obligations, the Commission is also concerned with protecting water quality and supervising offshore oil and gas development, and it authorizes associated transport and infrastructure development. The Commission was created by Proposition 20 in 1972, initially with a four-year mandate. In 1976, the Commission was permanently established, and it now controls more than 1,000 miles of shoreline.

    In 1972, to ensure sustainable development of the California coastal area for future generations, the Coastal Commission was proposed through voter initiative Proposition 20. Initially, the Commission was designed to last for ...

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