Law:Division 14. The Ventura-los Angeles Mountain And Coastal Study Commission (California)

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Chapter 1. Findings And Declarations Of Policy

Ca Codes (prc:22000-22002) Public Resources Code Section 22000-22002



22000. The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the Ventura-Los Angeles Mountain and Coastal Zone, defined in Section 22012, as the last large undeveloped area contiguous to the shoreline within the greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Region, comprised of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, represents a unique and irreplaceable natural resource to the people of the state, that uses of the zone include recreation, conservation, open space, and utilization and enjoyment of the sea and the mountains, that the zone functions as an integral component of the physical and biological systems of the entire region, and to a significant, although not as yet precisely determined degree, impacts upon these essential life-support systems, that there are pressures of population growth and economic development in the zone, and that if conservation and development practices are permitted to continue in their present unplanned, uncoordinated, and haphazard manner, irreversible deterioration of the zone as a precious natural resource for the people of the entire state may ensue.


22001. The Legislature further finds and declares that current conservation and development practices may conflict with the public interest of present and future generations due to: (a) An insufficient understanding of the long-range implications of land use practices as they affect the zone and the region. (b) The uncoordinated and fragmented nature of public and private planning of development and conservation activities within the zone. (c) The lack of a comprehensive plan and program to provide for conservation and development of the zone in the best public interest. (d) The fact that no governmental mechanism exists for studying and evaluating individual projects as to their effect on the entire zone and region.


22002. The Legislature further finds and declares that in order to protect and advance the interests of the present and future generations in the zone and region, there is need to create a Ventura-Los Angeles Mountain and Coastal Study Commission to study the entire zone as well as the relationship of the zone to the region, to ascertain what is needed for balanced conservation and development, to determine a set of policies and priorities based on such studies, and to propose further legislative action to provide for implementation of these policies.


Chapter 2. Definitions

Ca Codes (prc:22010-22014) Public Resources Code Section 22010-22014



22010. Unless context otherwise requires, the definitions set forth in this chapter govern the construction of this division.


22011. "Commission" means the Ventura-Los Angeles Mountain and Coastal Study Commission.


22012. "Zone" means: (1) the Ventura-Los Angeles Mountain and Coastal Zone which includes the land and water area of the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Region, comprised of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, seaward to the outermost limit of the state's jurisdiction, landward to the Ventura Freeway (Route 101) between Calleguas Creek on the west, and an eastward boundary following Sunset Boulevard from its intersection with the Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1) on the south, northward and eastward to the city line of Beverly Hills, thence following the northerly boundary of the City of Beverly Hills until it returns to Sunset Boulevard, thence eastward on Sunset Boulevard to its intersection with Harper Avenue, thence following a direct line from this point to the southernmost point of Griffith Park, thence following the Griffith Park boundary eastward, then northward, then westward to its point of intersection with the Ventura Freeway; and (2) the area commonly known as the Elysian Park.


22013. "Region" means the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Region, comprised of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.


22014. "Irreversible modification" means any modification that affects the physical shape, function, or environment of any estuary, watershed, flood plain, or park and recreation area.


Chapter 3. Organization And Membership

Ca Codes (prc:22020-22026) Public Resources Code Section 22020-22026



22020. There is in the state government a Ventura-Los Angeles Mountain and Coastal Study Commission, consisting of 15 members: (a) The Secretary of the Resources Agency or his deputy. (b) The Planning Officer of the State Office of Planning or his deputy. (c) One member of the State Lands Commission, selected by the State Lands Commission. (d) One member of the Board of Supervisors of Ventura County, selected by such board of supervisors. (e) One member of the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County, selected by such board of supervisors. (f) One member of the Los Angeles City Council, selected by such city council. (g) One member representing the Southern California Association of Governments selected by the executive committee of such association. (h) Eight members of the public, appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, who shall be residents of the region and who shall have special knowledge or experience in the fields of conservation, parks and recreation, real estate and development, planning, public health, air pollution, water quality, and economics. There shall be balanced representation between conservation and user interests.


22021. The members of the commission shall serve at the pleasure of their respective appointing powers. The members shall serve without compensation, but each of the members shall be reimbursed for his actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of his duties.


22022. (a) The commission shall meet twice a month, and may meet in subcommittee with authority to conduct hearings within special areas of interest. The public shall be given reasonable prior notice of the time and place of commission meetings, and all such meetings shall be open to the public. (b) All meetings of the commission shall be held at a place reasonably convenient to its members and the public in a meeting room that affords adequate space for its members, its staff, the news media, and the public that may reasonably be expected to attend the meeting.


22023. The time and place of the first meeting of the commission shall be prescribed by the Secretary of the Resources Agency, but in no event shall it be scheduled for a date later than February 1, 1971.

22024. The commission shall select from among its members a chair and a vice chair.


22025. All vacancies in the commission membership shall be filled in the same manner in which original appointments were made.


22026. The commission shall appoint a director who shall have charge of coordinating and administering the affairs of the commission, subject to the direction and policies of the commission. The director shall, subject to approval of the commission, appoint such employees as may be necessary in order to carry out the functions of the commission.


Chapter 4. Powers And Duties

Ca Codes (prc:22050-22057) Public Resources Code Section 22050-22057



22050. The commission may: (a) For purposes of this division, accept any gifts, donations, or bequests from individuals or organizations, or accept grants of funds from private or public agencies. (b) Appoint committees from its membershp. (c) Contract for or employ any professional services required by the commission or for the performance of services which in its opinion cannot satisfactorily be performed by its officers and employees or provided by other federal, state, or local governmental agencies. (d) Do any and all other things necessary to carry out the purposes of this division.


22051. Within nine months of the first meeting of the commission, the commission shall make a detailed study of all factors that may significantly affect or cause irreversible modification of the present and future status of the zone and its relationship with the region, and any other factors, including, but not limited to: (a) The zone as an airshed resource for the region, considering climatology and meteorology. (b) Open space, including scenic easements, parks, and natural preserves, and fire hazards and fire prevention. (c) Watersheds, floods, and flood damage prevention. (d) Beaches, estuaries, lagoons, coastal bluffs, springs, creeks, lakes, fish, wildlife, and natural plantlife of the zone and the effects of development thereon. (e) Recreation, including beaches, parks, and other facilities for sport fishing, surfing, pleasure boating, picnicking, camping, mountaineering, hiking, and horseback riding. (f) Inventory of Indian settlements and other historical and archeological sites, fossil beds, unusual plantlife, and geological formations for possible future preservation and utilization. (g) Water supply, water quality, and waste disposal, including sewage plants and outfalls and thermal and radioactive pollution. (h) Solid waste disposal, including the effect of sanitary landfill activities. (i) Geology, erosion, soil types, land stability, and grading practices. (j) Proposed transportation plans, including present and projected traffic patterns, and new methods of solving transportation problems. (k) Projected population and related housing development within the zone and the impact thereof on the zone and region. (l) Power and desalination plants. (m) Exploration and exploitation of oil and gas and other minerals and natural resources. (n) Present land uses and known proposals for change, including impact of land appraisal and tax policies. (o) Present ownerships, including the administration of publicly owned properties. (p) Present regulation of land and water uses and activities of all levels of government. (q) Present laws affecting the zone.


22053. The commission shall analyze the interrelations of the studies prepared pursuant to Section 22051 in order to ascertain what is needed for balanced conservation and development, determine a set of policies and priorities based on this analysis, and prepare a proposal for further legislative action to provide for implementation of these policies.


22055. The existence of the commission shall terminate on the 61st day after the final adjournment of the 1972 Regular Session of the Legislature.

22056. In the preparation of its studies, the commission may ask for current land use information, studies, and plans of cities and counties. Federal governmental agencies are requested to, and state and local governmental agencies shall, comply with the requests of the commission for such information. The commission shall make its studies available to cooperating governmental agencies upon request.


22057. The commission may appoint technical advisory committees, whose members shall serve without compensation, and prescribe their membership, powers, and duties.


Chapter 5. Deferment Of Public Works Involving Irreversible Modifications

Ca Codes (prc:22080) Public Resources Code Section 22080



22080. Acquisition of land for, or construction of, all public works projects, by the State of California and state agencies, with a total budget in excess of five million dollars ($5,000,000) which will cause irreversible modification of the zone are hereby deferred until the 61st day after the final adjournment of the 1972 Regular Session of the Legislature. The provisions of this section shall not apply to districts, agencies, or other governmental entities not primarily supported by an annual appropriation of state funds. All the following projects are excluded from the deferment provided by this section: (a) Any project funded by state general obligation bonds. (b) State Highway Routes 5, 101, and 405.


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