Coastal Access Toolkit
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Government & Public Entities
Municipalities and governments have unique tools available for creating and maintaining access, such as land use planning and regulations that protect natural resources and water quality. Governments have authority from several fundamental legal doctrines to use their regulatory power on behalf of the public, with restrictions.
How can state and local governments plan for coastal access?
Comprehensive planning ordinances can reduce the types of development that are incompatible with access, and provide incentives for developers to provide access to the public. Under the Alabama Coastal Area Management Program, regulators must consider impacts to public access when making permit decisions.
How can we enhance existing or create new coastal access in our jurisdiction?
- Purchase land with water access, or acquire access rights from a willing seller. Go to the 'Acquiring Access' page
- Establish land use regulations to create or enhance access. Zone for access.
How can we secure or manage existing public access?
What is the role of land trusts as public interest entities in planning, enhancing, creating, securing and managing access?
Land Trusts and conservation organizations can serve as third party interests in addressing access issues. For more information, contact Forever Wild, the Alabama Land Trust, the Weeks Bay Foundation, the Land Trust Alliance, and The Trust for Public Lands.