Public Involvement in Coastal Planning—The Long Beach Experience

by Melvin L. Nutter, California Coastal Commission, Long Beach, United States,
Robert S. Lamond, California Coastal Commission, Long Beach, United States,

Abstract: A land use plan is often the creation of a professional planning staff prepared in response to the direction of public officials. When the City of Long Beach, California, was required to prepare such a plan for its coastal zone, it formed a citizens committee that actually created the plan using the city's staff as its own. By almost all measures, the planning effort was a success. This paper will examine the conditions that inspired this planning process and consider some of the elements that made it work.

Subject Headings: Beaches | Coastal processes | Coastal management | Public participation | Land use | Resource management | Professional development | North America | California | United States

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