Carpinteria Dune & Shoreline Management Plan

The City initiated a General Plan & Local Coastal Land Use Plan updated in 2016, which included a detailed Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan (SLRVAAP). The SLRVAAP, completed in 2019, evaluated vulnerabilities to City infrastructure and resources as well as the potential for future damages associated with coastal hazards such as coastal flooding, erosion, and severe storm events.

The SLRVAAP identifies adaptation and resiliency strategies that are being used to inform the update to the General Plan, including creating a Dune & Shoreline Management Plan. The City has been awarded grant funding to create the Dune and Shoreline Management Plan, which includes developing several options for a living shoreline. The purpose of this project is to plan for a living shoreline dune system that will protect the shoreline and landward infrastructure against coastal hazards (e.g., tidal inundation, coastal flooding, and erosion) and future sea level rise. The living shoreline is a dune restoration adaptation strategy that will provide important benefits to coastal recreation, natural ecosystems, beach neighborhood, and the local economy.


SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 AT 5:30 PM

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting



The City invites you to participate in a public workshop for the Dune and Shoreline Management Plan, which will occur virtually via Microsoft Teams. Email Erin Maker at or Marie Laule at to RSVP for the workshop. An agenda and copy of the PowerPoint slides will be sent out to RSVPs and posted on this web page in advance of the meeting. We hope you are able to participate in this exciting new project.

We encourage you to submit questions to us before the workshop. We will do our best to answer all questions during the presentation. If there are remaining questions that we are unable to answer, we’ll get back to you after the workshop.

Schedule: The City has just recently initiated this process and there will be several opportunities to stay involved throughout the life of the project.

Public Outreach and Agency Coordination (August 2020 – August 2021)

Coastal Hazards Modeling (September 2020 – December 2020)

Constraints and Feasibility Analysis (November 2020 – February 2021)

Conceptual Living Shoreline Design (January 2021 – March 2021)

Dune and Shoreline Management Plan (January 2021 – December 2021)