The City Council now has six months to decide whether to adopt the land-use plan as the commission approved it. If that happens, the city will create rules to enforce what's in the land-use plan and rules for how people can apply for exceptions to it.
The commission also must approve the enforcement portion, a process Wood said could take more than a year.
When both halves of the plan are approved, the city can take over granting some coastal development permits that now must come from the Coastal Commission.
Vandersloot said he's happy with Thursday's decision, but he'll stay involved to make sure the enforcement regulations uphold the environmental protections promised in the land use plan.