This bill would require the California Coastal Commission, in collaboration with the State Coastal Conservancy, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the State Lands Commission, by April 1, 2020, to develop a new coastal access plan for Hollister Ranch in the County of Santa Barbara that will replace the existing coastal access program for Hollister Ranch that was adopted by the commission in 1982, and would require that the coastal access plan include specified components.
California’s coast should be available to all Californians. With 840 miles of coastline, California’s coast welcomes visitors to surf world renowned breaks, build sandcastles, play in the surf, picnic with family and friends, explore tidepools, learn about California’s unique history, and so much more. We need to safeguard access to the outdoors and beaches, not just because it’s what Californians deserve, but because of the integral role parks play and outdoor places in solving our youth’s health challenges now and for future generations. Parks, playgrounds, natural spaces, hiking trails and neighborhood green spaces help promote and maintain community health. Parks, beaches, and outdoor recreational opportunities are a clear public health solution, supporting the health and wellness benefits that access to outdoor green spaces provides Californians of all backgrounds.