Iron Rangers

Appeal Number: A-2-SON-13-0219
Applicant: California Department of Parks and Recreation
Appellant: California Department of Parks and Recreation
Local Government: Sonoma County
Local Decision: Coastal development permit application number CPH12-0004 denied by the Sonoma County Board of Zoning Adjustments on January 17, 2013, and that denial upheld through an appeal to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on June 18, 2013.
Location: At 14 State Parks parking areas located within Sonoma Coast State Park and Salt Point State Park at Stump Beach, Russian Gulch, Goat Rock (at Blind Beach, South Lot, North Lot, and Arched Rock), Shell Beach, Portuguese Beach, Schoolhouse Beach, Salmon Creek (North Lot and South Lot (Bean Avenue)), Campbell Cove, and Bodega Head (Upper and Lower Lots) along some 35 miles of coast in Sonoma County.
Project Description: Install 15 self-pay devices (iron rangers) and  signage and sign posts within existing parking areas. State Parks has submitted a revised proposal to the Coastal Commission. The full package, with all appendices, is a 17 MB pdf file. A short version with just the text is here.

The Commission is expected hold a hearing on the denial at the April 2016 meeting. You can submit comments by email to .


Sonoma County denied a coastal development permit (CDP) application submitted by the California Department of Parks and Recreation to install 15 self-pay devices (or “iron rangers”) and associated signage and sign posts within 14 existing parking areas located in Salt Point State Park and Sonoma Coast State Park extending along some 35 miles of Sonoma County coastline. State Parks appealed that denial decision to the Commission. The Commission found a substantial issue with the County’s CDP denial, and took jurisdiction over the CDP application.

The Commission staff report from the substantial issue hearing is at On page 496 is a letter from Rixanne Wehren for the Mendocino Group Coastal Committee.