Coastal Commission Approves the North Coast Corridor Program

On August 13, 2014, the California Coastal Commission voted to approve the North Coast Corridor (NCC) Program’s Federal Consistency Certification, Local Coastal Program amendments for the four affected corridor cities – San Diego, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside - and the Public Works Plan/Transportation and Resource Enhancement Program (PWP/TREP). The PWP/TREP includes a package of highway, rail, transit, bike/pedestrian, environmental and coastal access improvements along San Diego’s North Coast Corridor—a 27-mile stretch from La Jolla to Oceanside—over the next 30 years. The document serves as the master permit and implementation blueprint for the NCC Program. 

Following the Coastal Commission’s decision, work on Phase 1 of the NCC Program will begin in 2016.

December 2015 Update

Since the August 2014 approval, minor changes and clarifications to the NCC PWP/TREP have been identified by the California Coastal Commission, Caltrans, and SANDAG. The amendment documents these changes regarding: proposed public access and recreation project components; rock slope protection and monitoring and mitigation requirements that may be necessary at bridge abutments due to Federal Highway Standards; existing standards regarding lagoon protection during construction equipment fueling; and, necessary updates to NCC PWP/TREP Appendix B (Visual Resources Documentation) to reflect proposed lighting throughout the corridor.

A public hearing was held on January 26, 2016, by SANDAG and Caltrans to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on draft changes and clarifications to the NCC PWP/TREP draft amendments. These include minor corridor-wide language changes and updates and are not project specific. The draft amendments do not identify nor select the alignment of the Coastal Rail Trail in Encinitas, but do allow for additional flexibility in planning current and future Coastal Rail Trail and rail parking improvement projects from San Diego to Oceanside. The NCC PWP/TREP amendment is available online and below. View public comments from the public hearing.

March 2016 Update

The California Coastal Commission held a public hearing to consider proposed minor clarifications and corrections to the NCC PWP/TREP. The Commission also considered a Coastal Development Permit and Notice of Impending Development (NOID) for the first phase of NCC projects. The hearing took place on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The Coastal Commission unanimously approved the amendment and NOID.

August 2016 Update

A proposed amendment to the NCC PWP/TREP allows pile driving activities during the bird breeding season (February 15 to September 15) with the implementation of protection, monitoring, and mitigation requirements. Prior to finalizing these changes, members of the public were invited to review and comment on the draft NCC PWP/TREP amendment. A public hearing was held to gather feedback and answer questions at a meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at the Encinitas Community Center. For more information, the NCC PWP/TREP amendment is available online.

Key Documents


PWP TREP 2013PWP/TREP AmendmentPublic Works Plan Fact SheetPublic Works Plan Fact Sheet

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