Pacific Grove Shoreline Management Plan

Protecting and enhancing your shoreline

This page contains documents for public review developed as part of the Shoreline Management Plan process. Additional documents will be posted as they are developed.

Outreach on draft proposed management strategies (October - November 2019)

The city is in the process of gathering input from the community on a number of draft proposed management strategies for the Shoreline Management Plan.

  • Click here to view the presentation slides from a community meeting that the city hosted about the topic on October 12, 2019.

  • Provide feedback using our online survey. (We suggest you review the presentation slides before completing the survey.)

  • A full report on the community's feedback will be posted here in December 2019.

Outreach on the community's vision (April 2019)

Through February 2019, the city conducted a series of public engagement activities for the Shoreline Management Plan. The purpose was to hear the community’s vision for the shoreline and people’s differing perspectives on the issue of coastal erosion. More specifically, the city sought input on issues and locations of concern and on ideas and suggestions for managing the impacts of erosion. Opportunities for the public to participate included an online survey, an interactive pinnable map and a community open house. The input will be one of several sources of information that the city and its consultants will use to develop recommendations for long-term management strategies and alternatives to protect the shoreline’s resources. Click here for a detailed report on the recent public outreach effort. A series of appendices to the report list the nearly 600 comments received from the public.

Biological resources assessment (December 2018)

This report describes the plant communities and wildlife resources along Pacific Grove’s shoreline. The resources were documented by the project consultants from a review of existing reports and maps, database records, field observations and consultation with regional biologists and interested parties.

Vulnerability assessment (November 2018)

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the coastal processes that are reshaping P.G.'s shoreline, such as tides, waves, storm surges and sea level rise. The study is helping us evaluate impacts on, and the vulnerability of, infrastructure and other shoreline resources.

Stakeholder interviews (November 2018)

To learn about the community’s differing perspectives on the shoreline, we interviewed representatives of more than 20 stakeholder agencies, groups and organizations. This fact sheet lists the stakeholders and summarizes the main issues and concerns expressed by the interviewees.

Geologic and hydrologic conditions (October 2018)

This report is helping the consultants determine coastal erosion rates and a 30-year erosion-setback line. It is based on previous coastal maps and reports, and a detailed site reconnaissance. The data will help inform recommendations to address hazards such as coastal erosion, bluff recession, slope instability and wave run-up.

Review of related plans (October 2018)

This report summarizes our review of the main plans and studies that have looked at the shoreline in the past (going back 25 years). The purpose of the review was to identify information, policies and recommendations from earlier planning efforts that might have a place in the Shoreline Management Plan.

Cultural resource assessment (October 2018)

Pacific Grove’s shoreline is highly sensitive for archaeological resources. This report describes the resources identified by the project consultants based on background research and field investigation.

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