City of Del Mar completes Draft Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan

The city of Del Mar has completed the Draft Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Plan that will serve as the city’s long range planning guide and address future sea-level rise and its effects on storm surge, coastal flooding and erosion, according to a press release from the city.

The draft plan draws from prior works such as the Draft Coastal Hazards, Vulnerability, and Risk Assessment (CHVR) — a study guided by the city’s Sea-Level Rise Stakeholder Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) — and the California Coastal Commission’s Sea Level Rise Policy Guidance for addressing sea-level rise in local coastal programs

Available for review at, the draft plan provides a framework for the city to manage risks and take actions based on specific triggers, and for monitoring sea-level rise and its effects, according to the release. It provides the city with multiple adaptation scenarios toward managing risks rather than prescribing a specific plan of action.

The draft plan identifies four vulnerable areas — north beach district coastal flooding and beach erosion, bluff erosion, San Dieguito River flooding, and San Dieguito Lagoon wetlands — and lists multiple paths to manage, control or mitigate erosion and flooding in the city, the release stated.

Environmental Science Associates (ESA), the consulting firm that worked on the CHVR,

prepared the draft Adaptation Plan, which will be eventually integrated in the city’s Local Coastal Programs (LCP), according to the release. Funding for the plan was provided by a grant from the Ocean Protection Council working in collaboration with the California Coastal Commission.

The draft plan will be revised in response to comments from the public and the California Coastal Commission.



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