By Kim Murphy
Special to Valley News 

The attack on home ownership continues


Last updated 6/20/2018 at 4:39pm

A few weeks ago I wrote about the California Energy Commission requiring all new residential structures to have solar panels installed as of Jan. 1, 2020. I called it an “attack on home ownership.”

There is another attack that affects the local coastal communities, and residents need to be aware of it and care about it, even though the Fallbrook is 12 miles from the coast.

The California Coastal Commission recently wrote a 95-page document called the Residential Adaptation Policy Guidance. It’s a series of policies dealing with rising sea level and ordinances that will affect homes on the coast.

This guideline has been nicknamed “managed retreat.” The commission requires cities to implement this guidance within a city’s guidelines so the city can retain control over coastal areas with regard to development of things like seawalls and shopping centers.

What’s being hotly debated right now is the mandatory requirement of this guideline which could eventually lead to the removal of certain coastal homes, roads, public buildings and other structures that are being encroached upon from rising sea levels.

In some cases, it could involve the government buying the properties or assisting in the sales of properties and helping the residents find new places to live. In other cases, it could involve the government taking the properties or restricting the property’s use, like banning homeowners from remodeling a kitchen or adding a bedroom.

Carlsbad, Imperial Beach and Del Mar have already adopted their managed retreat plans, and Oceanside and Solana Beach are working on theirs, as they all have “vulnerability zones.”

The idea is especially controversial in Del Mar, where hundreds of multi-million dollar homes are near sea level on the northern end of town near the beach and the San Dieguito River. Del Mar residents, and city officials said they intend to cope with sea-level rise using a combination of beach replenishment, sand retention and flood management projects.

However, if Del Mar were to have voted not to include managed retreat guidelines, the city would not have been able to implement any of these coping mechanisms, since the state would have control.

There are serious concerns with aspects of the RAPG that would prematurely and unnecessarily devalue, restrict and condemn properties on the coast. The document was created without sufficient public input; it enables premature taking of private property, and it only addresses residential structures in a world where residential, commercial and public works are inseparable.

Residents seem to be living in a time where government agencies are given authority over private property in a vacuum. First they institute solar panel requirements, and now there are restrictions on coastal properties, both issues were decided by appointed commissions with no direct responsibility to the people but only to their single-minded objective. Have residents lost their voice? Look out – it could be coming to Fallbrook. Stay informed my friends.

Kim Murphy is a licensed real estate broker at Murphy & Murphy Southern California Realty, license No. 01229921, and she is a director with the California Association of Realtors.


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