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Gaviota Coast

  • Goal: Preserving southern California’s largest remaining undeveloped coastline
  • Year Started: 2009
  • Client Environmental Defense Center

The Gaviota Coast is one of California’s largest remaining continuous stretches of undeveloped rural coastlines, stretching 76 miles long and encompassing Naples [link to Naples webpage] as its gateway and crown jewel. It is world renowned as a biodiversity hotspot, one of the most ecologically diverse regions on the planet, and home to numerous sites of significant cultural and archeological significance.

In 2009, the County of Santa Barbara began working to develop a comprehensive plan – the Gaviota Coast Plan – that would set the framework for future preservation and development along this iconic coastline. With so little undeveloped coastal open space remaining and development pressures increasing, EDC pushrf for stronger policies to ensure that the Plan protects the area’s pristine biological and cultural resources, rural character, and public recreation and access for many generations to come.  In 2016, the County of Santa Barbara approved the Gaviota Coast Plan in spite of it still protecting significant environmental issues of concern. EDC will continue to work before the California Coastal Commission to secure improvement before the Plan can win final certification.

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