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The Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) defines the coastal zones wherein development must be managed to protect areas of natural resources unique to coastal regions. States are required to define the area that will comprise their coastal zone and develop management plans that will protect these unique resources through enforceable policies of state coastal zone management (CZM) programs. Federal as well as local actions must be determined to be consistent with the CZM plans and policies before they can proceed. As defined in the Act, the coastal zone includes coastal waters extending to the outer limit of state submerged land title and ownership, adjacent shorelines, and land extending inward to the extent necessary to control shorelines. While this is a Federal law, your state coastal zone commission or agency will be your only required contact.

Section F: Coastal Zone Management: (PDF 32KB, TXT 6.2KB) 

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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