Local Coastal Programs (LCPs) are basic planning tools used by local governments to guide development in the coastal zone. LCPs contain the rules for future development and protection of coastal resources.
The LCPs specify appropriate location, type, and scale of new or changed uses of land and water.
Each LCP includes a land use plan and measures to implement the plan (such as zoning ordinances)
After an LCP has been finally approved, the Commission’s coastal permitting authority over most new development is transferred to the local government, which applies the requirements of the LCP in reviewing proposed new developments.