The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission has voted unanimously to pass a development plan for land within 100 feet of the bay’s coastline. The plan—which requires that decisions about land use in the area consider factors including the latest climate science and the importance of wetland restoration—gives the agency a tool to deny permits for development in coastal areas susceptible to flooding under future climate conditions.
The Bay Citizen reports that while not everybody likes the regulation as passed, it has at least some support from both environmental and development interests. From the Bay Citizen:
“These policies discourage projects that would develop in dumb places, and it encourages tidal marsh restoration in undeveloped areas,” said David Lewis, executive director of the nonprofit Save the Bay.
Sounds like a good start.