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This website is published by The Big Sur Local Coastal Program Defense Committee. If you care about the preservation of the Big Sur Coast, the wild and rural character, please take some time to peruse the site. The threat of commercialization of the Big Sur neighborhoods puts the very values so many have fought for for so long at a serious risk.
The Defense Committee is an ad hoc group brought together by a concern about the lack of enforcement of existing law prohibiting Short Term Rentals (STRs) in the Big Sur planning area. Please read the Issue Statement.
We believe STRs have a devastating and permanent adverse effect on the Big Sur community, its housing, its culture, and the public access to the coast. We try to address our concerns in the following pages.
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We have over 200 persons (including former elected officials Sam Farr, Karin Strasser Kauffman and Dave Potter) signed on as supporters of the effort to uphold existing law keeping STRs illegal in the Big Sur Planning Area.
* at this point we are still an ad hoc group without a formal organization or actual ‘committee.’
From the Big Sur LUP: “The significance of the residential areas for planning purposes is that they have the capacity, to some extent, to accommodate additional residential demand. Unlike the larger properties or commercial centers, they are not well suited for commercial agriculture, commercial, or visitor uses (author’s emphasis); use of these areas, to the extent consistent with resource protection, should continue to be for residential purposes.” (LUP, 5.1.1, pg. 81)