BCDC’s Bay jurisdiction generally extends to the high water mark—either the highest tidal marsh vegetation line or, where no vegetation occurs, to five feet above mean sea level. Zentner Planning and Ecology mapped BCDC jurisdiction along the northeastern shoreline of Mare Island for the City of Vallejo and a private developer to define potential development issues. The shoreline was complex with jetties, excavated pits, areas with and without tidal marsh vegetation and areas with marsh vegetation but without tides. We completed the mapping, which covered almost a half-mile of shoreline in a relatively short time and received BCDC’s complete concurrence after a field review.
Port Sonoma is within BCDC’s Bay jurisdiction (separate from Certain Waterways jurisdiction) and each of the numerous projects begun at the Port, e.g. dredging, construction of a dredged materials offloader, preparations for a ferry terminal, required BCDC approvals. We began discussing these projects with BCDC staff well before project initiation and agreed upon a Port-wide access program as the best means to mitigate potential impacts. BCDC staff worked closely with us on pathway design, landscape materials and other elements. The Port staff was then able to build the access path and landscaping without costly additions or lengthy permitting requirements.