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George Gigounas Gigounas says the guidance suggests legal issues and liabilities coastal developers may encounter.

SAN FRANCISCO—California often leads the pack in regulatory efforts to address climate change. For example, governor Jerry Brown was recently appointed a UN climate-change advisor for states and regions. And, the state’s integrated climate strategy looks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, while California’s decision to join with Ontario and Quebec to create the second-largest global carbon market, are other examples.

Now, California is adding to its climate-conscious resume, and coastal landowners and developers should take notice. The California Coastal Commission recently issued draft residential adaptation policy guidance to help municipal governments evaluate residential development compliance with the California Coastal Act, GlobeSt.com learns in the first of a two-part exclusive.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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