Project Title:Santa Claus Lane Beach Access and Streetscape Improvements
Case Number: 19DVP-00000-00028, 19CDP-00000-00066, and 19NGD-00000-00005                  
Project Location:Toro Canyon Community Plan Area
Assigned Staff and Division:

Sarah Marshall, Long Range Planning Division


On September 25, 2019, the County Planning Commission voted 4-0 to adopt the Final Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the proposed streetscape improvements, and to approve a Development Plan and Coastal Development Permit for the proposed streetscape improvements and rail crossing. The Final MND, staff report, findings, conditions of approval,  and other supporting documents are available through the following webpage:

County Planning and Development (P&D) is now preparing a wetland mitigation plan and is taking other steps to implement the conditions of approval. County Public Works (PW) is completing the engineering plans, with a goal of starting construction in the spring 2023. The County is working with Union Pacific Railroad and Caltrans and other state and federal agencies to obtain necessary approvals prior to commencing construction.


SCL Railcrossing

The P&D, PW, and County Parks are pursuing improvements to the Santa Claus Lane roadway. The Santa Claus Lane Beach Access and Streetscape Improvements include a pedestrian at-grade rail crossing and streetscape improvements. The proposed development implements goals, policies, and actions in the Toro Canyon Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan that are intended to increase public access to the beach and address safety, parking, landscaping, circulation, and infrastructure needs.

Rail Crossing

No legal access exists across the Union Pacific Railroad (UPR) tracks to Santa Claus Lane beach.  Accordingly, the public must cross the UPRR tracks with no appropriate railroad crossing safety measures to access the beach.  For more than a decade, the County has been pursuing a pedestrian at-grade railroad crossing to create safe and legal public access to the beach. The Zoning Administrator approved the Final Mitigated Negative Declaration for the rail crossing on June 6, 2016. The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved the rail crossing on February 9, 2018. Planning and Development (P&D) continues to coordinate with UPR regarding design and engineering of the crossing.

Streetscape Improvements

SCL Commercial District

The proposed streetscape improvements along Santa Claus Lane will improve access to the beach, provide new recreational amenities to the public, increase accessibility to all users of the project area and improve infrastructure and safety along Santa Claus Lane. They include: additional beach and business patron parking, public restrooms, rinse stations, trash/recycle bins, bike racks, bike lanes, crosswalks, sidewalks, traffic calming measures, and a new roundabout at the intersection of Santa Claus Lane and Spindrift Lane/Sand Point Road and landscaping.  


County Planning Commission

September 25, 2019

South County Board of Architectural Review

June 21, 2019

Zoning Administrator

June 6, 2016

Santa Claus Lane Community Meeting

May 19, 2016

South County Board of Architectural Review

August 10, 2012

Santa Claus Lane Community Meeting

January 17, 2012

February 23, 2011


Environmental Documentation

Additional Information

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