Critical Infrastructure at Risk: Sea Level Rise Planning Guidance for California's Coastal Zone



California Coastal Commission




The goal of the Commission's guidance document "Critical Infrastructure at Risk: Sea Level Rise Planning Guidance for California’s Coastal Zone," is to promote resilient coastal infrastructure and protection of coastal resources by providing local governments, asset managers, and other stakeholders with policy and planning information to help inform sea level rise adaptation decisions that are consistent with the California Coastal Act. The Guidance addresses two main types of infrastructure – transportation and water – and presents six key considerations for successful adaptation planning. These considerations are accompanied by recommendations for stakeholders on how to plan effectively for the impacts of sea level rise on coastal infrastructure, a description of the regulatory framework that applies to adaptation planning for infrastructure, and model policies that can be used by local governments as a tool for updating Local Coastal Program (LCPs).

Climate Impact Tags

Extreme storms Flooding Sea level rise

Adaptation Planning Guide Phases

Phase 3: Define Adaptation Framework and Strategies Phase 4: Implement, Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust

Resource Type Tags

Planning and policy guidance Project or example


Extent: Del Norte County, Humboldt County, Los Angeles County, Marin County, Mendocino County, Monterey County, Orange County, San Diego County, San Francisco County, San Luis Obispo County, San Mateo County, Santa Barbara County, Santa Cruz County, Sonoma County, Ventura County


Last updated: June 25, 2024