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.
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Focus Topics 

Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals
--promoted by Caltrans, FHWA, AARP, and
Midcoast Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study
--MCC letters May 11 & April 13

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Short-Term Rental Ordinance where all or part of a residence is rented for less than 30 consecutive days.
Public comment on revised draft ordinance due July 29.
MCC will discuss at July 13 and 27 meetings.

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

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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.  Next GPAC meeting June 30: Coastal Resources & Coastal Hazards, 6:30-9pm, 537 Kelly, HMB

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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.  May 25 staff report & MCC presentation.  June 8 MCC comments

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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  -  Supervisor Don Horsley 6/1/16

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Vallemar Bluff
Five-houses proposed for 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop.  
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Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.  Princeton page
Public outreach resumes Aug 2016.

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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.

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Tuesday
Jun282016

Grand Jury: Harbor District Rising Price of Dysfunction

San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury has issued a new report on the Harbor District, recommending that the County Board of Supervisors initiate the independent study, promised in 2014, of possible scenarios for dissolution of the Harbor District so that they may make an informed decision regarding the District’s future. 

The Grand Jury and the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) have repeatedly -- most recently July 2015 -- recommended dissolution of the County-wide Harbor District, which owns Pillar Point Harbor and operates Oyster Point Marina under a joint powers agreement with South San Francisco.  Possible scenarios to be examined include naming the County to absorb the governing responsibilities of the District, with or without returning Oyster Point Marina to South San Francisco. The Grand Jury recommends that the study be initiated by end Sept 2016 and completed within six months.

Thursday
Jun232016

Short-Term Rental Ordinance Revised Draft

San Mateo County has released for public comment a revised draft ordinance to govern short-term rentals in the Coastal Zone, where all or part of a residence is rented for less than 30 consecutive days.  This is currently not an allowed use in a residential zone, but the practice has been increasing.  The draft ordinance would add short-term rentals as an allowed use in the unincorporated areas of the San Mateo County Coastal Zone, subject to a permit, payment of Transient Occupancy Tax and other requirements, such as a limit of 180 nights per year unless the owner is present. 

MCC will discuss this issue at two upcoming meetings: July 13 and 27. Comments on the revised draft ordinance are requested by July 29, 2016, to Ellie Dallman edallman@smcgov.org (please limit to one typed page).  For background, see MCC page on this issue with presentations and minutes from prior meetings, and the County page.  Next steps will be review of comments, environmental review, Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, and CA Coastal Commission.

Saturday
Jun182016

MCC Meeting June 22, 2016

AGENDA for June 22, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Supporting documents:  Minutes for June 8, 2016
Peninsula Clean Energy presentationwebsite
PLN2016-00141, Coronado/Alhambra house:
     MCC comments & slides - application - plans

UPDATE:  6/22/16 meeting video & minutes

Wednesday
Jun082016

GGNRA Rancho Grassland Restoration Project

Grasses, and the fragile wildflowers that live among them, create one of the most ecologically diverse habitats on the planet. Rancho Corral de Tierra’s precious remaining native grasslands are one of the things that make this place so special; however, some of these patches are in imminent danger of being lost to invasive weeds. NPS recently launched a three-year restoration project and needs your help. 

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Monday
Jun062016

HMB Hwy 1 Improvements Meeting Jun 13

Highway 1 Traffic Safety & Operational Improvement Project in HMB
Information Meeting, Monday, June 13, 2016, 7 - 8:30pm

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Saturday
Jun042016

MCC Meeting June 8, 2016

AGENDA for June 8, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Supporting documents:  Minutes for May 25, 2016
          Subdivision Regs Update - MCC comments
          staff report - presentation - webpage

PLN2015-00152, 3rd Ave house: MCC comments -  staff report - biological report - dam failurestory poles - CCC staff comments 5/24/166/17/15 -
2007 subdivision map
PLN2016-00014, Miramar Dr house: MCC commentsreferral - high-res site planbiotic report

PLN2016-00061, Nevada Av. fence: MCC comments - referral

UPDATE: 6/8/16 meeting video - minutes

Thursday
Jun022016

Supervisor Don Horsley on Affordable Housing

by Supervisor Don Horsley, reprinted from HMB Review 6/1/2016:

For the last few months I have been asked to comment on the proposed sale of a Moss Beach parcel, owned by the California School Employees Association, to MidPen Housing, and any subsequent potential development by MidPen of that site. I have been told repeatedly that more affordable housing is vital so local employers can recruit and retain Midcoast employees. I have also been asked to pre-emptively rezone this specific parcel so it can never be used for housing.

I have been asked by individuals how they can get on a list to live there while others insist that housing for these people should be in Half Moon Bay. I have been told there are no jobs in the vicinity of the parcel, while at the same time being informed that there are 1,364 jobs on the Midcoast, with 964 of the jobs paying low wages of $40,000 or less.

The reality of the housing crisis that we face shows up in the headlines throughout the Bay Area, in San Mateo County, and on our Coastside. Homeowners who bought their houses years ago are considered lucky. Current high-income homebuyers can also afford to live here — if they stretch.

Regular folks are finding it harder to make ends meet, homeownership is out of reach, affordable rentals are rare, and rents are skyrocketing and unpredictable. We have to accept that it is unlikely that our kids will be able to afford to live in the communities in which they grew up. Cabrillo Unified School District reports that new teachers try to find a room to rent as that is all their salary allows if they want to be close to their school. In some cases, teachers accept jobs, look for housing locally, and then come back and turn the jobs down.

So what do we do to address this very real problem?

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Tuesday
May312016

HMB Coastal Plan meetings Jun 2 & 30, 2016

Half Moon Bay’s General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) will be holding two public meetings in June to review the following chapters of the draft Land Use Plan:
Thurs, June 2: Introduction, Land Use and Coastal Access
Thurs, June 30: Coastal Resources and Coastal Hazards
GPAC meetings are from 6:30-9pm at the Emergency Operations Center, 537 Kelly Ave, HMB.

The 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.  Plan Half Moon Bay website – Public review draft HMB Land Use Plan.

Thursday
May262016

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.

Saturday
May212016

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

UPDATE: 5/25/16 meeting Minutes - Video