State Parks is preparing a Public Works Plan (PWP) for Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). A PWP is a long-range land use management plan for compliance with the California Coastal Act (Coastal Act) that is reviewed and certified by the California Coastal Commission. The PWP will document existing conditions, consider improvement projects and management programs to improve access for motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunities, and develop policies and programs. The PWP will also include a number of site specific proposed park improvement projects including the following:
California Resources Code (14 CCR § 13353) states that PWPs shall contain sufficient information regarding the kind, size, intensity and location of development activity intended to be undertaken including, but not limited to the following where applicable:
Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes SVRA are managed in compliance with the General Development Plan, which provides direction and guidance for park purpose, broad land use planning uses, and program-based goals and guidelines. The 1975 General Development Plan was amended in 1982 and 1994 and predates the California Coastal Act of 1976.
The existing Coastal Development Permit (CDP) A-4-82-300-A5, issued in 1982 for the entry kiosks and perimeter fencing projects, currently serves for compliance with the California Coastal Act and has been amended five times to accommodate additional projects and actions.
The proposed PWP will supersede the 1982 CDP and provide compliance for existing and future park management activities and select improvement projects with the California Coastal Act. The PWP will be consistent with the existing General Development Plan.
The planning process for the PWP will:
Concurrently with the PWP, State Parks will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the PWP and implementation of the proposed park improvement projects. The EIR will consider the environmental effects of the proposed PWP and proposed improvement projects and, if necessary, include mitigation measures to reduce potential impacts.
The Project timeline provides the step-by-step process for the PWP and EIR. State Parks anticipates completing the PWP and EIR within 24 months.
✅ Step 1
Initiate Project and EIR Scoping
Notice of Preparation
Public Workshop 1
✅ Step 2
Gather Data and Study Existing Conditions and Resources
✅ Step 3
Develop and Evaluate PWP Project Concepts
Public Workshop 2
Prepare Preliminary Draft PWP
Public Workshop 3
Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Report
Public Review of Preliminary Draft PWP and Draft EIR
Notice of Availability
Notice of Completion
Public Review of Draft PWP and Draft EIR
Revise Draft PWP and Respond to EIR Comments
Adopt Final PWP and Certify EIR
Notice of Determination
Coastal Commission Hearings