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Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report and Scoping Meetings for the Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area Public Works Plan.

 The California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) intends to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR), consistent with requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The purpose of the EIR is to evaluate the environmental issues associated with the proposed Pismo State Beach (SB) and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) Public Works Plan (PWP), including proposed park improvement projects. State Parks will serve as the lead agency under CEQA.

 The purpose of this Notice of Preparation (NOP) is to notify agencies, organizations, and individuals that State Parks plans to prepare the EIR and request input on the scope of the environmental analysis. From public agencies, we are inviting comments on the scope and context of the environmental information that is germane to each agency’s statutory responsibilities with regard to the proposed project. We are also requesting interested individuals’ or organizations’ views on the scope of the environmental document.


Comments on the scope of the Pismo SB and Oceano Dunes SVRA PWP will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Please submit comments to:

 By Email:

 By Mail: California Department of Parks and Recreation

Attn: Katie Metraux, Acting OHMVR Planning Manager

1725 23rd Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95816

Download the full Notice of Preparation.

 [Posted 5/9/2018]



California Department of Parks and Recreation
May 22 and 23, 2018

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (California State Parks) will hold public meetings for the Public Works Plan (PWP) and associated Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Pismo State Beach (SB) and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). These meetings initiate the planning and environmental review process for the PWP. They will offer a forum for the public to meet the planning team and learn about the PWP. The public is encouraged to provide input about recreation opportunities and experiences, park operations and programs. The meetings also serve as scoping for the EIR and attendees will have the opportunity to provide input on the scope of the environmental analysis.


Please save the date for meetings in Arroyo Grande on May 22, 2018 or Fresno on May 23, 2018. The meetings will be identical in content and format. California State Parks will host an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 pm and provide a brief presentation about the PWP and EIR at 6:00 p.m., followed by an opportunity for the public to provide comments. More information about these meetings, including the various options available for providing comment will be announced two weeks prior to the meeting dates. Materials from the meeting will be available online. In addition, the public can provide comments via the project website.

Meeting Locations:

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Location: South County Regional Center
Address: 800 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Location: Radisson Hotel Fresno Conference Center
Address: 1055 Van Ness Ave, Fresno, CA 93721
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Meeting facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. If you need specific accommodations, please contact Katie Metraux at (916) 708-3485.


The PWP process began with at Listening Session, held on November 30, 2017 in the City of Pismo Beach. This meeting offered a forum for the public to learn about the PWP process and provide input about their vision for visitor experiences and recreational opportunities at these park units. This will be the first of several public meetings about the PWP project. Download the official transcript of the meeting.

If you have questions or comments about the PWP and to sign up to receive notices about meetings and input opportunities, please use the email

For more information about the PWP and documents related to the plan process, follow the links located on the upper right side of this page.

[Posted 5/4/2018]

Frequently Asked Questions

Please download the Frequently Asked Questions for the PWP. 

Project Background

California State Parks is currently developing a PWP for Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes SVRA. A PWP is authorized under the California Coastal Commission statutes and serves as a long-range land use and development plan. Existing conditions for park operations, recreation opportunities, coastal access are analyzed, recommendations for improvement and future development projects and programs proposed and environmental compliance completed.

DPR operates Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes SVRA. Because the park is within the Coastal Zone, the California Coastal Commission (Commission) also issues permits for certain developments. A PWP would promote greater efficiency for DPR to meet obligatory code compliance, provide a diverse range of recreation opportunities, and improve public service facilities while complying with the California Coastal Act.

The Commission reviews and approves PWPs in the same manner as Local Coastal Programs as described in Chapter 6 of the Coastal Act (commencing with Public Resource Code Section 30500). Environmental review of the PWP will include a California Environmental Quality Act-compliant document that examines potential significant impacts arising from implementing the PWP. DPR anticipates the planning process will take 18-24 months to complete.