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6. What is a coastal district?

Coastal districts are generally local governments, such as cities and boroughs, that contain a portion of Alaska's coastal area. In coastal areas outside the boundaries of local government, coastal districts known as Coastal Resource Service Areas (CRSA) may be formed. There are 35 coastal districts in Alaska. You can see a map of these coastal districts, individual Coastal Boundary Atlas Maps, or find facts about each district in our "Tour the Coast" web pages.

Most coastal districts develop a coastal management program that requires a rigorous state and federal approval process. A district coastal management program contains enforceable policies (download and view enforceable policies for each coastal district from their ACMP district web page) that guide development affecting the coastal resources within its boundaries. Once approved, a district coastal management program becomes a part of the ACMP.

During the consistency review process, an affected coastal district reviews your project against the enforceable policies of its coastal management program. By complying with its enforceable policies, your project can help the district achieve its goals and objectives for coastal development within its boundaries.

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