Project Overview

The Public Works Plan

State Parks is preparing a Public Works Plan (PWP) for Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). A PWP is a long-range land use management plan for compliance with the California Coastal Act (Coastal Act) that is reviewed and certified by the California Coastal Commission. The PWP will document existing conditions and address Park management programs (e.g., new development or improvement of existing facilities) and proposed site-specific Park improvement projects to improve access for motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunities, including:

  1. Project A: Oso Flaco Improvement Project
  2. Project B: Park Corporation Yard Improvement Project
  3. Project C: Grover Beach Lodge Site Project (including Le Sage Bridge and Dump Station Relocation) – This project was eliminated from the PWP planning effort in 2019 when State Parks received notice that the City of Grover Beach was moving forward with planning for the Grover Beach Lodge.
  4. Project D: Oceano Campground Infrastructure Improvement Project
  5. Project E: Pier and Grand Avenue Improved Entrance Access & Pier Avenue Lifeguard Tower Project
  6. Project F: North Beach Campground Facility Improvements
  7. Project G: Butterfly Grove Public Access Project
  8. Project H: Pismo State Beach Boardwalk Project

California Resources Code (14 CCR § 13353) states that PWPs shall contain sufficient information regarding the kind, size, intensity and location of development activity intended to be undertaken including, but not limited to the following where applicable:

  1. the specific type of activity or activities proposed to be undertaken;
  2. the maximum and minimum intensity of activity or activities proposed to be undertaken;
  3. maximum size of facilities proposed to be constructed pursuant to the plan and the proposed timetable for precise definition of all projects included in the plan and any phasing of development activity contemplated;
  4. the service area for the proposed activity or activities;
  5. the proposed method of financing the activity or activities;
  6. the proposed location or alternative locations considered for any development activity or activities to be undertaken pursuant to the proposed plans.

Why is the PWP needed?

Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes SVRA are managed in compliance with the General Development Plan, which provides direction and guidance for park purpose, broad land use planning uses, and program-based goals and guidelines. The 1975 General Development Plan was amended in 1982 and 1994 and predates the California Coastal Act of 1976.


The existing Coastal Development Permit (CDP) A-4-82-300-A5, issued in 1982 for the entry kiosks and perimeter fencing projects, currently serves for compliance with the California Coastal Act and has been amended five times to accommodate additional projects and actions.

The proposed PWP will support the 1982 CDP and provide compliance for existing and future park management activities and select improvement projects with the California Coastal Act. The PWP will be consistent with the existing General Development Plan.


The PWP and Environmental Review Process

The planning process for the PWP will:

  • Document existing conditions
  • Consider improvement projects and management programs to improve access for motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunities
  • Integrate other planning efforts and ensure consistency with the General Development Plan
  • Develop policies, goals, and guidelines

State Parks is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the PWP and implementation of the site-specific Park improvement projects. The Notice of Preparation for the EIR was published in May 2018 and the Scoping Report was published in August 2018. Both documents are available in the Document Library. The EIR will consider the environmental effects of the proposed PWP, including the site-specific Park improvement projects and, if necessary, include mitigation measures to reduce these effects.


Project Timeline


Spring - Summer 2018

✅ Step 1

Initiate Project and EIR Scoping

Notice of Preparation

Public Workshop 1

✅ Step 2

Gather Data and Study Existing Conditions and Resources

Website Launch

Visitor Survey

Fact Sheet

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

✅ Step 3

Develop and Evaluate PWP Project Concepts

Website Activity

Public Workshop 2

Summer 2019 - Fall 2020

✅ Step 4

Prepare Draft PWP

Website Activity

Fact Sheet

Public Workshop 3

Winter 2020-2021

👉 Step 5

Public Review of Draft PWP and EIR

Release and Public Review of Draft PWP and EIR

Notice of Availability

Notice of Completion

Spring 2021

Step 6

Approve Final PWP and Certify EIR

Release of Final PWP and EIR

Notice of Determination