About a quarter mile from one of Southern California’s popular surf spots – “T-Street” in San Clemente - sits one of the last undeveloped areas in this part of the coast. It’s known as “Boca Bluffs”. In the 1960s, two homes on the property were destroyed in a landslide, and haven’t been rebuilt since. Instead, the bluffs have provided ocean views and a popular access to the beach and a coastal pedestrian trail below.
In 2006, the California Coastal Commission recommended the denial of a similar proposed development at this location, in part due to adverse public access impacts and visual impacts; however, in that case, it was just one – not seven – homes proposed.
A developer is now seeking approval to construct seven blufftop homes overlooking the ocean in this active landslide area. In November, the City of San Clemente issued a notice of preparation of an Environmental Impact Report under the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). On December 15, Surfrider Foundation, on behalf of its O.C. Chapter, submitted scoping comments, raising concerns and issues to be considered and analyzed in the environmental review process.
Surfrider will continue to engage in the public review process and advocate for sound coastal management at this location. For more information, check out our blog post, Surfrider Voices Concerns Over Proposed Development on Erosive San Clemente Coastal Bluff.