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Hearing Date set for Park Iron Ranger Debate - New Appeal


Hearing Date set for Park Iron Ranger Debate - New Appeal

Appeal by the State Department of Parks and Recreation of a decision by Sonoma County denying the installation of signs and self-pay fee collection devices (“iron rangers”) for charging new fees for parking at 14 locations on the Sonoma County coast at Salt Point State Park and Sonoma Coast State Park.

14 locations on Sonoma coast, including Stump Beach in Salt Point State Park, and Russian Gulch, Goat Rock – Blind Beach, Goat Rock – South Lot, Goat Rock – North Lot, Goat Rock – Arched Rock, Shell Beach, Portuguese Beach, Schoolhouse Beach, Salmon Creek – North Lot, Salmon Creek – South Lot (Bean Avenue), Campbell Cove, Bodega Head – Upper Lot, and Bodega Head – Lower Lot, within Sonoma Coast State Park, Sonoma County.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Meeting Begins at 9:00 AM

Marin County Board of Supervisors, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 329, San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 407-3211 [phone number will only be in service during the meeting]

Item Number: W17a




New appeals undergo a two-step process before the Commission, known as the ‘substantial issue’ phase, and ‘de novo’ phase. At the ‘substantial issue’ phase, section 30625(b) of the Coastal Act requires the Commission to hear an appeal unless the Commission determines that no substantial issue is raised by the appeal. If at least three Commissioners request to take public testimony at the substantial issue phase of the appeal prior to determining whether or not to hear an appeal, the only persons qualified to testify orally before the Commission are the Applicant/Appellant, persons who made their views known on the application before the local government (or their representatives), and the local government. Testimony from other persons must be submitted in writing.

Unless a majority of the Commissioners present finds that the appeal raises no substantial issue, the Commission will proceed to the de novo stage of the appeal hearing. The de novo stage of the appeal hearing may occur at the same Commission meeting, immediately following the ‘substantial issue’ phase, or be continued to a later Commission meeting. Please contact the appropriate staff person and/or see the staff report, which will indicate whether Commission staff is recommending that the de novo hearing occur at this Commission meeting or a later one. Anyone may testify on the merits of the proposal during the de novo phase. People wishing to testify on this matter may appear at the hearing or may present their concerns by letter to the Commission on or before the hearing date. If the Commission finds that the appeal does not raise a substantial issue, then the local government’s action on the coastal development permit is final, and there will be no ‘de novo’ phase of the appeal hearing.

The Coastal Commission is not equipped to receive comments on any official business by electronic mail. Any information relating to official business should be sent to the appropriate Commission office using U.S. Mail or courier service.


A copy of the staff report on this matter will be available no later than 10 days before the hearing on the Coastal Commission's website at   Alternatively, you may request a paper copy of the report from Ethan Lavine, Coastal Program Analyst, at the North Central Coast District Office.


If you wish to submit written materials for review by the Commission, please observe the following suggestions:

 We request that you submit your materials to the Commission staff the week before the scheduled Commission meeting (staff will then distribute your materials to the Commission).

Mark the agenda number of your item, the application number, your name and your position of support or opposition to the project on the upper right hand corner of the first page of your submission. If you do not know the agenda number, contact the Commission staff person listed on page 2.

If you wish, you may obtain a current list of Commissioners’ names and addresses from any of the Commission’s offices and mail the materials directly to the Commissioners. If you wish to submit materials directly to Commissioners, we request that you mail the materials so that the Commissioners receive the materials no later than Thursday of the week before the Commission meeting. Please mail the same materials to all Commissioners, alternates for Commissioners, and the three non-voting members on the Commission with a copy to the Commission staff person listed on page 2.

You are requested to summarize the reasons for your position in no more than two or three pages, if possible. You may attach as many exhibits as you feel are necessary.

Please note: While you are not prohibited from doing so, you are discouraged from submitting written materials to the Commission on the day of the hearing, unless they are visual aids, as it is more difficult for the Commission to carefully consider late materials. The Commission requests that if you submit written copies of comments to the Commission on the day of the hearing, that you provide 20 copies.


Oral testimony at the substantial issue stage is limited to 3 minutes combined total per side to address the question of substantial issue.

Oral testimony at the de novo stage may be limited to 5 minutes or less for each speaker depending on the number of persons wishing to be heard.


No one can predict how quickly the Commission will complete agenda items or how many will be postponed to a later date. The Commission begins each meeting session at the time listed and considers each item in order, except in extraordinary circumstances. Staff at the appropriate Commission office can give you more information prior to the hearing date.

Questions regarding the report or the hearing should be directed to Ethan Lavine, Coastal Program Analyst, at the North Central Coast District Office (see contact information provided in the letterhead on page 1).