RELEASE: Governor Newsom Signs Climate Resiliency Bill into Law - AB 1011 Incentivizes Habitat Restoration Projects to Protect California’s Coast

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SACRAMENTO—In an effort to incentivize nonprofits to undertake projects that provide habitat restoration and improved public access to coastal resources, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris has worked with the Coastal Commission to pass Assembly Bill 1011 to provide fee-waivers to 501(c)(3) nonprofits. The bill was unanimously approved by the legislature and was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom.

“Nonprofits have a long history of protecting California’s environment, and CalNonprofits is pleased to have supported this sensible measure making it easier for nonprofit to carry out much-needed habitat restoration work,” said Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “We are grateful to Assemblymember Petrie-Norris for carrying this legislation.”

“In the face of the climate crisis, the active participation of nonprofits in coastal habitat restoration is crucial,” said bill author Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D—Laguna Beach). “The fee-waiver consideration in AB 1011 makes it easy for nonprofits to engage in coastal projects for the public good.”

Any type of development activity in the coastal zone requires a Coastal Development Permit. The Coastal Commission’s fee schedule for habitat restoration and public access improvement varies depending on the size of the project. Applicant fees can cost anywhere from $2,500 upward to $40,000.

AB 1011 is supported by: Audubon California, Azul, California Apartment Association, California Coastal Commission, California Coastkeeper Alliance, CalNonprofits, Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club. The legislation will go into effect on January 1, 2020.