Amended in Senate April 1, 2013

Senate BillNo. 511


Introduced by Senator Lieu

February 21, 2013


An act tobegin delete amend Section 30221end deletebegin insert add Part 6 (commencing with Section 71450) to Division 34end insert of the Public Resources Code, relating tobegin delete coastalend deletebegin insert naturalend insert resources.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 511, as amended, Lieu. begin deleteCoastal resources: California Coastal Act of 1976: oceanfront land. end deletebegin insertNatural resources: climate change: grants.end insert

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Existing law establishes the Natural Resources Agency consisting of various entities, departments, and boards.

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This bill would require the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with the State Air Resources Board, to develop guidelines for the awarding of grants, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for projects that enhance greenhouse gas emissions avoidance and sequestration associated with natural resources, as specified.

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The California Coastal Act of 1976 provides for the planning and regulation of development, under a coastal development permit process, within the coastal zone, as defined, based on various coastal resources planning and management policies set forth in the act. Existing law requires that oceanfront land suitable for recreational use be protected for recreational use and development unless present and foreseeable future demand for public or commercial recreational activities that could be accommodated on the property is already adequately provided for in the area.

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This bill would revise that provision to refer to the immediate area.

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Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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begin insertPart 6 (commencing with Section 71450) is added
2to Division 34 of the end insert
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4PART begin insert6.end insert  Greenhouse Gas Emissions Avoidance and
5Sequestration

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(a) The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency,
8in coordination with the State Air Resources Board, shall develop
9guidelines for the awarding of grants, upon appropriation by the
10Legislature, for projects that enhance greenhouse gas emissions
11avoidance and sequestration associated with natural resources.

12(b) The guidelines developed pursuant to subdivision (a) shall
13do all of the following:

14(1) Promote climate benefits from reducing or sequestering
15greenhouse gas emissions associated with reductions in
16transportation emissions, improvements in energy conservation
17or efficiency, promoting development of sustainable communities,
18improving the siting of environmentally sensitive distributed
19generation, improving regional water supply from regional water
20filtration and watershed enhancements, improving forest
21management, or increasing the urban forestry canopy.

22(2) Incentivize innovative pilot projects that can act as statewide
23models for enhancing natural resources emission reductions and
24sequestration from a portion of the grant awards.

25(3) Leverage, or maximize, the use of other public and private
26funding to either improve the climate value of existing conservation
27projects or assist in the implementation of conservation projects
28that have important climate values.

29(4) Promote investments in projects that include cobenefits,
30including adaptation, improved water supply and quality, and
31public health improvements.

32(5) Ensure that appropriate funding levels will be dedicated to
33conservation projects in disadvantaged communities.

34(c) To minimize administration costs associated with
35implementing this part, the Secretary of the Natural Resources
P3    1Agency shall use existing programs, including, but not limited to,
2programs administered pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with
3Section 4799.06) of Part 2.5 of Division 4, Chapter 3.8
4(commencing with Section 5750) of Division 5, Division 10.4
5(commencing with Section 10330), Chapter 3 (commencing with
6Section 31100) of Division 21, Chapter 1 (commencing with Section
732600) of Division 22.8, and Chapter 3 (commencing with Section
833200) of Division 23, for competitive grants in forestry, open
9space, sustainable agriculture, and watershed enhancements to
10further the goals of this part. Funds also may be administered
11pursuant to Division 22.3 (commencing with Section 32300),
12Division 22.5 (commencing with Section 32500), Division 22.7
13(commencing with Section 32550), Division 22.9 (commencing
14with Section 32630), Division 23.3 (commencing with Section
1533320), and Division 23.5 (commencing with Section 33500).

16(d) The Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing
17with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the
18Government Code) shall not apply to the development and adoption
19of guidelines adopted pursuant to this part.

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SECTION 1.  

Section 30221 of the Public Resources Code is
21amended to read:

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30221.  

Oceanfront land suitable for recreational use shall be
23protected for recreational use and development unless present and
24foreseeable future demand for public or commercial recreational
25activities that could be accommodated on the property is already
26adequately provided for in the immediate area.

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