What is No Net Loss?

The SMP Guidelines establish the standard of no net loss. No net loss means that over time, the Citywide existing condition of shoreline ecological functions should, at a minimum, remain the same as when the SMP is implemented. Simply stated, the no net loss standard is designed to balance the introduction of new impacts to shoreline ecological functions resulting from new development through mitigation sequencing and restoration. The City must achieve this standard through both the SMP planning process and by appropriately regulating individual developments as they are proposed in the future. Any amendments to the SMP that may occur through the periodic update process would need to comply with the no net loss standard. 

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1. What is a Shoreline Master Program (SMP)?
2. Where does this apply?
3. What is a periodic update of the SMP?
4. How do shoreline regulations apply to land use and development activities?
5. What is a Shoreline Exemption and what is required to obtain approval?
6. How does the SMP affect existing uses and development?
7. What is public access to shorelines? When is it required?
8. What is No Net Loss?