The Local Coastal Program updates approved on Aug. 8 follow years of study. Most changes were subtle, clarifying certain phrases. Others had more significant impact.

Some call for a new estimate for how much sewage will be produced and how much water will be consumed on the Midcoast as a result of building.

Others are meant to decrease population growth, properly manage stormwater pollution and limit private wells installed in urban areas. The revisions allow new water supply projects to connect to municipal water systems only after well resources have been used up.

It encourages coordinating with Caltrans to improve California Coastal Trail conditions along Highway 1 for walkers, bikers and more, and asks that the county take responsibility for maintaining and keeping trails open every day of the year near the Devil’s Slide tunnels. It also designates the Burnham Strip in El Granada as a park with open space and to protect it accordingly.

Additionally, changes encourage incentives to develop affordable housing.

Areas developed near the Half Moon Bay Airport must comply with Federal Aviation Administration safety, light and noise standards.

Nine changes ensure that there will be adequate water supply and public services, such as road capacity and traffic management, once maximum development is achieved.

Six exempted grandfathered coastal development permit applications from being subject to the LCP’s new requirements.

The overall goal of the LCP is to protect the environment while maximizing people’s access to the shore and recreation areas on the Midcoast.

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