The Marin County Farm Bureau submitted its comments and concerns on the Local Coastal Program Amendments (LCPA) Planning Commission-Recommended Draft documents.
The following documents contain Farm Bureau’s discussions and recommendations:
Land Use Plan Amendments (LUPA) Issues – Attachment #1
Development Code Tables 5-1, Recommendations – Attachment #2
Development Code Definitions, Recommendations – Attachment #3
The basis for our concerns relate generally to three categories:
1) Economic Viability of Marin’s agriculture: The LCP must find a balance between natural resource protection and agricultural sustainability by including policies and ordinances that will protect and honor the importance of Marin County agriculture for future generations, and which will reasonably limit regulatory burdens that threaten their economic viability.
2) Protect Property Rights: LCP policies must respect private property rights, allow landowners to protect against illegal confiscation of their rights, prevent trespass and destruction of private property, require judicially mandated nexus and proportionality tests, and support the U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment: “…nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
3) Fair, Accurate, Accountable and Transparent Government: The LCP must serve as a trustworthy guidepost that accurately and fairly reflects the laws of our land. LCP policies and ordinances must represent accountable and transparent governance by containing objective, concise, and clear language to eliminate ambiguity and preferential biases, so that all stakeholders are treated with fairness and respect.
These three documents can be found at 3/25/2012 at the County Local Coastal Program update website.