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 10AM.
See Archives for past meetings with video links.

Focus Topics 

Subdivision Regulations Update
A comprehensive update is underway to align county subdivision regulations (dating back to 1992) with current state law and pertinent case law, and to make them more user friendly.  County staff will present the key issues at MCC May 25, 7pm.
Staff report - presentation


Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) is being developed to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. (webpage)


Plan Half Moon Bay
City of Half Moon Bay General Plan and Local Coastal Program Update is ongoing.  The City and unincorporated Midcoast greatly affect each other and Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved.  Public review draft HMB Land Use Plan 


Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen Housing will hold a second open house in late June or early July to share design concepts for the 11-acre Moss Beach affordable housing site that are compatible with the existing neighborhood, at the same medium density or lower, and conserve a significant portion of the site as permanent open space.  
HMB Review article 5/13/16


Vallemar Bluff
Five-houses proposed for 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop.  

Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.  Princeton page
Public outreach resumes May 2016.


Highway 1 Parallel Trail
East-of-highway active transportation trail to connect Midcoast communities to each other and to Half Moon Bay.
First segment for design/permitting is Mirada to Coronado.



 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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National Trails Day at Rancho June 4

Trail restoration project at Rancho Corral de Tierra needs about 30 volunteers on Saturday, June 4, 2016.  Meet at Coral Reef  ~10am.  Start off with coffee/snacks and stretching, then a few hours of trail work, then wrap up with lunch around 1pm. Learn more and sign up here.


MCC Meeting May 25, 2016

AGENDA for May 25, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Supporting documents:
Subdivision Regulations: staff report - presentation - webpage
Cypress Roundabout: Wallwork analysis - websitepresentation
Preservation of public coastal views from Highway 1:
      MCC letter (approved) - Online citizen petition
Consent items:  Minutes of May 11, 2016
      Letter requesting clarification of tsunami evacuation signs/route


Coastside Sea Rise & Erosion Forum May 24

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 6:00pm (program starts at 6:30pm)
Douglas Beach House, 311 Mirada Rd, Miramar
Agenda & speaker bio-notes
      Dan Hoover, Oceanographer, USGS - presentation
      James Zoulas, Civil Engineer, USACE - presentation
      Bob Battalio, Engineer, ESA - presentation
More info on local shoreline erosion issues

UPDATE:  Meeting Video


MCC Meeting May 11, 2016

AGENDA for May 11, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Supporting documents:

Resource Conservation District (RCD) presentation - website

Cypress Roundabout Feasibility: MCC letter (approved) - MCC fund balance
     Roundabouts, a safer choice: FHWA - AARP - Caltrans
     Mar 2016 Sandis feasibility study for Big Wave
     2015 DKS for CTMP (roundabout & signal cost estimates)
     2014 Hexagon traffic study for Big Wave (Exec Summary)
     2011 Nelson-Nygaard roundabout for Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study

Consent agenda:

UPDATE:  5/11/16 meeting VIDEO - MINUTES



La Costanera Coastal Act Violations Elevated to State Enforcement Level

Entrenched lack of code compliance by La Costanera restaurant seems to have halted their attempts to legalize unpermitted outdoor patios and daytime hours for the after-5pm “dinner house”.  Both these goals conflict with the original 1977 restaurant permit which depends on a shared public beach parking arrangement due to inadequate private parking for the capacity of the restaurant.

On April 25 the Coastal Commission issued a “Notice of Intent to Commence Cease and Desist Order and Administrative Civil Penalties Proceedings” against the property owner, Amidi Group, for long-standing and repeated violations of the coastal access provisions of the Coastal Act due to unpermitted development and non-compliance with the terms of their Coastal Development Permit. 

On April 26 the Board of Supervisors considered an appeal of the Planning Commission denial of Use Permit amendment to allow use of the patios. The Board chose to delay their decision for six months to see if the restaurant could address all outstanding violations (exterior paint and drainage issues) and not add any new ones during that time (no patio use or daytime events). HMB Review articleMore background


Midcoast Parks Forum Apr 27, 2016

AGENDA  -  Video
Presentations: County Parks - GGNRA
4/20/16 HMB Review news article


MCC Meeting Apr 13, 2016

Agenda for April 13, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Devil's Slide Ride handout.  Sister Cities presentation

Connect the Coastside (Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan):
MCC comments (approved) - presentation
Report - Appendices - background

Portola Trail Committee

Consent agenda:
Minutes for March 23, 2016
Comments to Board of Supervisors in support of Planning Commission denial of Use Permit amendment to legalize use of La Costanera restaurant outdoor patios (PLN2015-00297) - background

UPDATE:  4/13/16 meeting Video  --  Minutes 


Pilot Surfers' Beach Sand Replenishment Project

Although the Army Corps has not yet formally announced the results of their 2009-2015 analyses of methods to mitigate increased coastal erosion caused by Pillar Point Harbor east breakwater, it is clear they won’t be recommending a federally funded project due to inadequate cost/benefit ratio.  This table summarizes the design measures analyzed and conclusions of their 2015 Coastal Engineering Appendix. Their preferred alternative was to move 150,000 cubic yards of harbor dredged material to Surfers' Beach and southward to the Miramar revetment (figure).

In 2015 the Harbor District initiated a Pilot Surfers’ Beach Sand Replenishment Project as a reduced (half) scale of the Army Corps preferred alternative. The pilot project involves a one-time placement of 75,000 cubic yards of upland sand from inside the breakwater onto Surfers’ Beach above the mean high water line (80-140 ft width available) and thus not in the Marine Sanctuary. (slide presentation)

The District is seeking grant funding from CA Div of Boating & Waterways with the goal of construction in spring/summer 2017, over 4-6 weeks, then monitoring for two years. If the monitoring program finds that the project is effective and does not cause unacceptable environmental impacts, then a larger beach nourishment project would be pursued in the future. 

Current federal regulations do not allow placement of dredged material in the Marine Sanctuary, but their Management Plan is under review and updates are expected in 3-5 years that could allow for permitting larger-scale beach nourishment using a harbor dredge source (Marine Sanctuary letter of support and minutes of Beach Replenishment Committee meeting May 2015).

More info and documents about Surfers’ Beach Erosion here.


Jerry Hill & Kevin Mullin Open House Apr 14

Join State Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin at their
        Open House:  Thursday, April 14, 2016, 4-6 PM
        1528 S. El Camino Real, Suites 302/303, San Mateo
RSVP by clicking either of their names above. Feel free to bring your ideas, questions, and concerns about legislative issues affecting the community. 


Library Design Community Meeting Mar 29

The meeting will include a presentation of the design for the new library, and an opportunity for questions and answers.  View renderings here — subject to change as final design progresses.

          Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 6:30-8:00 PM
          Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Ave, HMB

The new HMB library is being planned and built by a partnership of the City of Half Moon Bay, the San Mateo County Library, and the County of San Mateo.