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(a) A district plan must include, in a manner sufficient for district plan development and implementation, a map and description of the boundaries of the coastal zone subject to the district plan. The boundaries must be within or coterminous with the district and must include those lands that would reasonably be included in the coastal zone and subject to the district plan if those lands were not subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal government.
(b) Initial coastal zone boundaries must be based on Biophysical Boundaries for Alaska's Coastal Zone , developed by the Department of Fish and Game under contract to the former Division of Policy, Development and Planning, Office of the Governor (1978, reprinted January 1985) and must include the zone of direct interaction and the zone of direct influence. The Biophysical Boundaries for Alaska's Coastal Zone (1978), reprinted January 1985, is adopted by reference.
(c) Final coastal zone boundaries may diverge from the initial boundaries so long as the final boundaries
(1) extend inland and seaward to the extent necessary to manage a use or an activity that has or is likely to have a direct and significant impact on coastal waters; and
(2) include the following areas within the district, if present:
(A) transitional and intertidal areas, salt marshes, saltwater wetlands, islands, and beaches; and
(B) areas that are likely to be affected by or vulnerable to sea level rise.
(d) If the criteria in (c) of this section are met, final coastal zone boundaries may be based on local government boundaries, cultural features, planning areas, watersheds, topographic features, uniform setbacks, or the dependency of uses and activities on water access.
(e) The coastal zone boundaries of a district must be sufficiently compatible with those of an adjoining coastal zone to allow consistent administration of the program.
(f) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, coastal zone boundaries approved by the former Coastal Policy Council under former 6 AAC 85.040 and 6 AAC 85.150 and the United States Department of Commerce under former 6 AAC 85.175 and in effect on (July 1, 2004) remain in effect.
History: Eff. 7/1/2004, Register 170
Authority: AS 46.39.010
Editor's note: The Biophysical Boundaries for Alaska's Coastal Zone, (1978, reprinted January 1985), adopted by reference in 11 AAC 114.220 is available for inspection at the Department of Natural Resources, Office of Project Management and Permitting, 302 Gold Street, Suite 202, Juneau, AK 99801.
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