MCC Meetings            

Due to holidays, Nov/Dec meeting dates are:
     Nov 18 and Dec 9 only.
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 10AM.
See Archives for past meetings with video links.

Focus Topics 

Winter Storm Season -- Are You Prepared?
Tormentas del Invierno - ¿Estás preparado?

Vallemar Bluff
6 houses are proposed for 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop shoreline.  Pre-application workshop is Dec 9 at MCC (public notice)

Midcoast Crossings, Raised Medians, Left Turn Lanes
Chapter 6 of the Aug 2015 Final Preliminary Planning Study  describes the preferred alternatives and implementation plan.  Construction will occur in 3 phases with timing dependent on funding availability:
Phase 1 - 2017-18:  Cypress northbound acceleration lane,
               Grey Whale Cove Alt 1,  Lighthouse/16th Alt 1
Phase 2 - 2020-21: Moss Beach Virginia Alt 3 
Phase 3 - 2023-24: Montara 2nd St Alt 3

The project to develop a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92 has undergone a course correction since April 2015 to allow for additional analysis and report revisions.
Alternative Development Forecast, Oct 2015
Alternative Transportation Standards
Oct 2015 Presentation - Minutes - Comments: MCC, CGF
Highway 1 page -- Project website  

Highway 1 Parallel Trail
East-of-highway multi-use transportation trail to connect Midcoast communities to each other and to Half Moon Bay.
First segment for design/permitting is Mirada to Coronado.
Public Workshop presentation 9/23/15 on trail alignment/design.
MCC 7/22/15 letter - attachment - presentation.   Highway 1 page.

Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.
Public outreach resumes 2016.
MCC 10/28/15 comments - map - attachment
Committee for Green Foothills comments 10/29/15
Project website  --  MCC Princeton page

Pillar Point Harbor Issues

RV Park: MCC 1/28/15 letter - images.
District Priorities: MCC 7/9/14 letter - Overview Presentation.
Dredging/Beach Replenishment:
MCC letters 9/10/13 & 10/28/15.


 Midcoast Water Pollution Reduction Program

What’s in the water and what we can do to help protect our watershed and the marine reserve – Newsletter.

















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King Tides & Coffee at Surfers’ Beach Nov 24

Join SMC Supervisor Don Horsley and HMB Mayor Marina Fraser for coffee and views of the king tide from the California Coastal Trail at Surfers' Beach. Meet at the Mirada Surf picnic tables near Coronado - Bring your travel mug and camera!  
Tues, Nov 24, 8:30–10 AM (high tide at  8:30)

The California King Tides Project helps people visualize how sea level rise will impact their lives. The highest high tides of today will be the average water levels of the future.

2015/2016 King Tides Season Dates:
November 24, 25, and 26, 2015
December 22, 23, and 24, 2015
January 21 and 22, 2016


Hwy 1 Surfers' Beach Project Starts Nov 23

Over the next few months Caltrans will install 175-linear feet of rock slope protection on Surfers’ Beach as an interim solution (10-15 years) to reduce erosion and prevent collapse of Highway 1. The project includes paving a 400-foot section of the Coastal Trail along the west side of the highway and a staircase down to the beach.

Construction activities will occur between 7AM and 3:30 PM, although some night work may be required.  Minimal lane closures may take place. The pedestrian trail will be temporarily detoured. Construction is expected to be complete by Jan 2016.

This slide presentation includes project plan view and beach cross section.
This press release provides more background.
See MCC Highway 1 page and Caltrans project page for more info. 


MCC Meeting November 18, 2015

Agenda for November 18, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Midcoast Highway 1 Crossings, Raised Medians, Left Turn Lanes:
Aug 2015 Final Preliminary Planning Study (19MB).
Preferred alternatives & implementation plan: Chapter 6.
Grey Whale Cove Alt 1  -- Lighthouse/16th Alt 1
Moss Beach Virginia Alt 3 -- Montara 2nd St Alt 3
More background: Highway 1 page

Consent agenda: Minutes for Oct 28, 2015


Library Priorities - Survey Results

The HMB Library Community Priorities Survey results are in. The survey was mailed to 12,585 resident households including El Granada, Half Moon Bay, La Honda, Loma Mar, Montara, Moss Beach, Pescadero, and San Gregorio.  1,486 (11.8 %) of the surveys were returned by the postmark deadline Oct 26.  


MCC Nov 11 Meeting Rescheduled to Nov 18

Due to holidays, MCC meeting dates for November/December 2015 will be Nov 11 and Dec 9 only.


MCC Meeting October 28, 2015

Agenda for October 28, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Connect the Coastside - MCC comments (as approved)
background documents:
10/14/15 MCC Briefing -- minutes 
Oct 2015 Alternative Development Forecast & Transportation Standards
Apr 2015 workshop - summary of comments - group statement
Dec 2014 Buildout Analysis & Traffic Projections Report (see p.51-64)

Plan Princeton Development Standards - MCC comments approved (map)
attachment: 2009 MCC comments         More info: Princeton page

Consent Agenda: 4 items approved:
Minutes for October 14, 2015.
MCC comments on Magellan fence, PLN2015-00445
MCC letter to MBNMS in support of beach replenishment policy
     (referenced 8/19/15 Harbor District letter)
MCC letter to Planning requesting Pre-App Workshop for Vallemar Bluff


LED Demonstration Streetlight Update

New demonstration amber LED streetlights are installed at 6th & Main in Montara, and on Portola Ave across from the Post Office in El Granada.

The new streetlights are dimmer than the previous demonstration streetlights, but slightly brighter than the planned lights (due to an availability issue withthe dimmer model requested by MCC).

The amber LED streetlight in Moss Beach, just south of the Post Office was not changed, so that residents can compare new and previous, if they wish.

Updated November 24, 2015
  In light of the limited feedback, on November 19th, I provided feedback to the Department of Public Works that they should go ahead on the installation of the replacement amber LED streetlights, with the model described in the MCC letter of 9 September 2015 (Model #ATB0-20BLEDE53-MVOLT-R2).  The MCC will provide an update when we have information on the date for the light replacement project.


Second Unit Ordinance Study Session 10/28

San Mateo County Planning Commission will hold a Study Session at their Oct 28, 2015, meeting (agenda - presentation) on the County’s work to address second dwelling unit issues in the Unincorporated County, including revisions to the County’s Second Unit Ordinance and potential policy approaches from the Board of Supervisors’ Affordable Housing Study Session and White Paper.

County affordable housing initiatives status update matrix 10/15/15.

Local Coastal Program background: LCP Policy 3.22 limits the total number of approved second units to 466 in the Coastal Zone. Size of the units is limited to 700 s/f or 35% of the floor area of the principal residence, whichever is greater. Second units are not permitted on non-conforming parcels less than 5,000 s/f.  LCP Policy 1.23 limits the maximum number of new dwelling units built in the urban Midcoast to 40 units each calendar year, but exception is made for deed-restricted affordable units.


Resolution Near for 7th St Fence?

On October 20, the Board of Supervisors will hear the appeal of Planning Commission approval of new encroaching fence in the right-of-way at the west end of Seventh Street. It is expected they will approve a revised plan submitted by the applicant after an aborted hearing last April which Supervisor Horsley asked to have continued to pursue a proposed compromise which is reflected in the revised plan:

Last February the Planning Commission approved a DPW permit to remove the private 6-ft-high solid white fence across the coastal end of Seventh St and replace it with bollards, but they also approved a new private 4-ft-high wire mesh fence in the public right-of-way. That decision was appealed to the Board of Supervisors. DPW removal of the white fence has been delayed until this related issue is resolved.  

Most of Montara’s spectacular rocky shoreline is only visible to the public from the ends of county streets west of Highway 1.  Over the years the County has not placed a high priority on protecting this public coastal access and gave permission or ignored private encroachments into the public right-of-way. Restoration of public coastal access and views from Montara streets has been a key issue pushed by MCC since 2012.  A 5-ft solid wood fence across the end of Seacliff was removed in 2013.


Kudos to CHP Captain Mike Maskarich

Just had to share this success story of one concerned citizen changing the course and affecting the outcome of a Caltrans (!) project by voicing his concern during Oct 14 MCC meeting that the guardrail work on Hwy 92 in certain sections is creating increased hazard for cyclists, with the steel rail encroaching to the fog line.  Captain Maskarich was present, as he often is, to hear this report, and the very next morning he wrote the Council, “Following the MCC meeting last night, I inspected the guardrail on SR-92.  I notified Caltrans of my observations and at 0100 hours this morning, a Caltrans team went out and stopped all work on the project.  I was told the project will be re-engineered and a new guardrail will be put in place to accommodate more of a shoulder area.”  Captain Maskarich is CHP Redwood City Area Commander.  The guardrail issue was brought up by MCC councilmember Dan Haggerty.