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,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


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: Public participation | Beaches | Coastal management | Resource management | Land use | Professional development | Environmental issues | Parks | California | United States

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