MCC Meetings            

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7 PM, GCSD meeting room,
504 Ave Alhambra, Third Floor, El Granada.   Email Agendas.   
Broadcast on Channel 27, the following Thurs 8PM & Fri 9:30AM.
See Archives for past meetings with video links.


Focus Topics

Introduction to Local Government:
     District boundaries, services provided, decision-making bodies.


Neighborhood Commercial Districts
Zoning Regs Update: C-1/Midcoast:
CDRC open study sessions:
9/19, 1:30-3pm & 9/23,
Study materials: comparison tables, maps showing existing uses 


Half Moon Bay Local Coastal Program Update

Draft Land Use Plan Update ready for your input. HMB Planning Commission Study Session:
Sept 24, 7pm, EOC, 537 Kelly, HMB


Harbor View Inn 15-room expansion 
2019 plans --  images -- MCC comments


Cypress Point Affordable Housing Community 
Proposed 71-unit affordable housing community at Carlos/Sierra in Moss Beach
April 2019 re-submittal documents 


Get Involved - CDRC vacancies

Coastside Design Review Committee reviews development applications for compliance with Midcoast Design Standards to encourage new homes with individual character that are complementary with neighboring houses, community character, and the surrounding natural setting.    Desirable traits in a CDRC member.

A Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan is being developed to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. Final draft expected in 2019.


Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals, and a context-appropriate highway circulation plan for Moss Beach


Quarry Park Master Plan
County Parks is developing this document that will help guide park improvements over a period of at least 20 years. 



Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations began in 2013. Draft plan for public review expected in 2019.


Dunes Beach Hotel/RV in HMB


























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MCC Meeting Sept 11, 2019

MCC Agenda for September 11, 2019, 7pm at GCSD
         504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Supporting material:  
         Consent: Minutes for Aug 28, 2019
Compost pickup: MCC memo to GCSD & MWSD
         presentations: MCC and SMC Office of Sustainability 
Highway 1 issues update presentation
Seton Coastside sale: MCC letter to CA Attorney General and presentation
Support for Montara Beach Access Grant: MCC letter and presentation

UPDATE: 9/11/19 meeting video & minutes



Gray Whale Cove Pedestrian Crossing Revised Negative Declaration printed and posted

The accouncement was printed in the HMB Review on Wed, August 28th, 2019.

Parts 1 and 2 of the Revised Negative Declaration are available.  Comment period ends September 30, 2019

Two minor mitigation measures are required. 


MCC Meeting Aug 28, 2019

MCC Agenda for August 28, 2019, 7pm at GCSD
         504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Supporting material:  
Consent: Minutes for July 24, 2019
              Minutes for Aug 5, 2019 Retreat
Midpeninsula Open Space District Measure AA presentation
Montara Mountain North Peak: MCC letter & presentation
              Environmental Review document (Mitigated NegDec)
Moss Beach pedestrian crossing: MCC letter and pictures

UPDATE: 8/28/19 meeting video & minutes


Quarry Park Fuel Break project to begin on August 12, 2019

The MCC had a joint presentation on this project from San Mateo County Parks at our meeting on May 8, 2019.  The start of the project was delayed, but is now scheduled to start on August 12th.   See this letter from the San Mateo County Parks Department for more details.


MCC Special Meeting Aug 5, 2019

MCC Agenda for Monday, August 5, 2019, 5:30pm
        at GCSD, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Questions to spark discussion.   Minutes


MCC Meeting July 24, 2019

MCC Agenda for July 24, 2019, 7pm at GCSD
         504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Supporting material:  
        Consent: Minutes for July 10, 2019
SMC Parks Foundation: presentation
Harbor View Inn expansion: MCC comments
                                    images - 2019 plans

UPDATE:  7/24/19 meeting video & Minutes


Midcoast Neighborhood Commercial Zoning Standards Update

Coastside Design Review Committee (CDRC), as part of their Design Standards Update project, has prioritized an update of Midcoast Neighborhood Commercial development standards. These commercial districts are clustered in Montara, Moss Beach, and El Granada and are intended primarily for trades and services to meet the needs of Coastside residents, as opposed to the visitor-serving commercial districts located west of Highway 1.  

CDRC is holding monthly open study sessions to develop a draft ordinance specific to the Midcoast. The public is encouraged to get involved, by reviewing the study materials, attending the study sessions, or sending your ideas to  

Next study session is Friday, July 26, 1:30-4:30 at GCSD (agenda)
Study materials [updated 7/30/19]: 
Purposes -- Development Standards -- Performance Standards.
Background and supporting docs are here.

The existing ordinance (C-1/S-3) is generic countywide and does not contain adequate development standards to clearly and simply guide appropriate development that preserves the unique coastal small-town character of our Midcoast communities.  A hotel proposal for Montara in 2017 brought this issue to the attention of the community.
See 3/22/17 MCC letter & presentation on the need for C-1 zoning update.


Coastal Commission Approval of 2 Mirada Rd seawall

At the Coastal Commission meeting on July 11, 2019, they approved the seawall proposal by the residents of 2 Mirada Rd, and the Casa Mira (condominium) HOA.  There was a significant amendment, based largely on the request and comments of Surfrider to limit the seawall to not include the extension to attempt to protect the Coastal Trail, because of the precedent that would set.  The amendment passed 8-2, and the overall motion passed unanimously.

The staff report places significant conditions on the seawall, including removal if the 2 Mirada building is demolished or more than 50% remodeled.  Both requestors are dedicating land to public access and/or new trail location inland.  The exhibits show location and construction details.  The video of this part of the meeting  starts at 6 hours 37 minutes, and runs for about 15 minutes.


MCC Meeting July 10, 2019

MCC Agenda for July 10, 2019, 7pm at GCSD
         504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Supporting material:  
        Consent: Minutes for June 26, 2019
                   Treasurer Report for July 1, 2019
                   Workplan Priorities List: addition
Airport St Propane Facility: referral - MCC comments 
          background: 10/11/17 presentation (updated) & minutes 
Hermosa house CDP:MCC comments & presentation 
          Green Foothills letterCCC staff email 
MCC Active Project summary
Coastal Trail slide presentation

UPDATE: 7/10/19 meeting video & Minutes


Pillar Point RV Park Public Restroom, Views, Amenities: HMB Planning Commission July 9

Half Moon Bay Planning Commission Public Hearing
Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 7:00 pm
EOC, 537 Kelly Ave, HMB

The agenda includes links to staff report, plans, and conditions of appoval. The community is encouraged to attend, learn more about this project and share their input. 

This project includes the construction of a new public restroom facility with three all-gender stalls, an outdoor shower, drinking fountains, benches, minor realignment of the Coastal Trail to provide additional buffer from the adjacent shoreline, public parking reconfiguration, and the addition of ADA parking spaces. 

Also under consideration is an after-the-fact Coastal Development Permit for the existing RV Park layout and operations which will address the many issues cataloged in the MCC 1/28/15 letter.

The RV Park was developed in 1999 without Coastal Development Permit, under long-term lease, on a Harbor District parcel that had been used for many decades as public beach parking with restroom facilities.  The public restroom, a key amenity in this popular beach area, was closed. A wall of closely planted cypress trees grew up along the highway to block public ocean views. Parking fees of $10/day were imposed on the small remaining day-use lot which lacked the amenities promised in the RV Park lease. There were attempts to legalize long-term RV stays, contrary to Coastal Act public access policies.
UPDATE 8/19/19: Final Findings and Conditions of Approval for Pillar Point RV Park CDP.