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.

Candidate Forums 2016
VIDEOS: Harbor Commission, MWSD, MCC, Cabrillo School Board


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


New Granada Fire Station

Plans and permit application posted.
Story poles are up.


Vallemar Bluff  -- Revised application submitted Aug 2016 for development of five homes on 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop.  


Plan Half Moon Bay
HMB General Plan and Local Coastal Program Update are ongoing. Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved. General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) meetings are open to the public.

Oct 13, 6:30pm GPACfirst Draft General Plan overview.
Nov 17 GPAC: circulation element 


 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.


Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen will submit development plans to the County in early 2017 for the 11-acre north Moss Beach designated affordable housing site. Sept 6 news article


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


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


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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Candidate Forum: Harbor Commission Sep 28

San Mateo County Harbor Commission Candidate Forum Sept 28, 2016: Video link available.

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Green Valley Trail 90% Plans Posted

The Green Valley Trail alignment has been confirmed and plans are now at 90% completion for this one-mile section of the California Coastal Trail to connect the Devil’s Slide Trail to Gray Whale Cove parking lot and trail. The 6-foot-wide trail will have a natural soil surface for most of the alignment and will utilize an existing gravel road for a section, and include two boardwalks and a bridge to span wetlands. Two overlook areas with benches will allow for a pause to view the spectacular Green Valley as well as the Pacific Ocean to the north and south.

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MCC Meeting Sept 14, 2016

AGENDA for September 14, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada 
Trail Surfaces presentation  --  NaturalPave -- Park Tread
             Pillar Pt Bluff Trail Improvement Project
Consent: Minutes for August 24, 2016
NOTE: Upcoming Candidate Forums

UPDATE: 9/14/16 meeting video & minutes


West Trail Erosion Protection Preferred Design Alternative

Pillar Point Harbor West Trail erosion protection design alternatives were considered by SMC Harbor Commissioners at their 9/7/2016 meeting.  Despite their consultant’s (GHD) proposed preference of riprap (rock armoring), the Commissioners unanimously chose beach nourishment and shotcrete soil-nail wall which would be sculpted/colored to mimic on-site bedrock. Despite a higher initial cost, the Commissioners responded to public and CCC staff input for softer more natural aesthetic solutions.  MCC letter & slide presentationpublic comment on alternatives report

Nearby examples of sculpted/colored shotcrete are along Highway 1 at Devil’s Slide, and over Highway 92.  Examples of shoreline installations are at Lands End in Pacifica and Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz.  

Erosion caused the West Trail to be partially roped off from late 2011 to early 2016 when a partial emergency fix was constructed around a drainage culvert.  Finalization of that emergency permit requires application to the Coastal Commission for a regular Coastal Development Permit for the 300-foot eroded segment of shoreline.  History timeline with linked documents.


Assisted Mental Health Outpatient Treatment

Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) is a county program that reaches out to people with a severe mental illness who are not connected to services and are challenged to live safely and stably in our community.  The AOT team works to connect people to treatment to decrease mental health crises, hospitalizations, incarceration and homelessness while helping people achieve and maintain their physical and mental health. Learn more.


Candidate Forums for Nov 2016 Elections

Candidate forums for local office are sponsored by MCC and moderated by League of Women Voters. Video recordings by PCT will be available on YouTube. FlyerRoster of Candidates - Easy Voter Guide - Voters Edge

Sept 28 (Wed), 7:00 PM, 504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada 
San Mateo County Harbor Commission (VIDEO)
2-year seat - Vote for 1
    Brian Rogers, Tech Business Owner
    Ed Larenas, Biologist / Coastal Advocate
4-year seat - Vote for 3
    Sabrina Brennan, Harbor Commissioner
    Tom Mattusch, Harbor Commissioner
    Virginia Chang Kiraly, Appointed Incumbent
    Shawn Mooney, Property Tax Auditor

Oct 4 (Tues) - 7:30 PM Seton Medical Center, Marine Bl, Moss Beach  
    Park in upper events lot - first left near top of hill
7:30: Montara Water & Sanitary District Board of Directors - Vote for 2
    Scott Boyd, Incumbent
    Kathryn Slater-Carter, Incumbent
    Thomas “Gus” Peterson, Registered Water Engineer
8:30: Midcoast Community Council 2-year seat - Vote for 1
    Barbra A. Mathewson, Community Volunteer
    Brandon Kwan, Coastside Advocate / Ecologist

Oct 18 (Tues), 7:00 PM, 504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada
Cabrillo School Board - Vote for 2
    Sophia Layne - Parent / Biotech Director
    Kate Livingston - Incumbent
    Kimberly K. Hines - Parent / Engineer


New Granada Fire Station Permit Applications

The Coastside Fire Protection District has submitted permit applications to the County for the new 12,340 s/f Granada Station #41 on the vacant parcel bounded by Obispo, Alhambra and Coronado, with entry via Obispo. PLANS

Application #PLN2016-00346 -- Parcel #047-261-030
Zoning: EG (El Granada Gateway)
2015 Pre-Application summary of comments

Approvals required:
Coastal Development Permit (appealable to CA Coastal Commission)
Use Permit  --  Design Review
Grading Permit (10,150 c/y cut & 160 c/y fill)  --  Remove 7 trees
Environmental Impact Report
Subdivision to split 2.7-acre parcel into 0.32-acre in C1 zone at Portola
    and 2.37 acres in EG zone along Obispo to Coronado.
Zoning Variance:
    Parcel size will be 2.37 acres where minimum is 3.5 acres.
    Building height 30 ft where 16 ft maximum is allowed
    Front/rear setbacks 8 ft combined, where 70 ft minimum is required
    Lot coverage 11.9% where 10% maximum is allowed


Java with Jerry in HMB Sept 23

State Senator Jerry Hill invites you to join him for coffee and conversation

Friday, September 23, 2016, 9:00 - 10:00 AM
Granola's Coffee House, 116 N. Cabrillo Highway, HMB.

Bring your ideas, questions, and concerns about legislative issues affecting the community.


Bike/Pedestrian Count Volunteers Needed

San Mateo County Office of Sustainability seeks volunteers to help with the annual Bike/Pedestrian Count during the week of September 12-18, 2016. Participate in a volunteer orientation and commit to at least two 2-hour shifts (morning/evening/weekend timeslots and Coastside locations available).

Help gather data on demand and trends in sustainable transportation. For more info email:


Surfers' Beach Project Ribbon Cutting Sept 2

You're invited to the Surfers' Beach ribbon cutting ceremony on September 2, 2016, at 11:00 AM, at the construction site at Highway 1 and Coronado St.
Carpooling encouraged.

More about Highway 1 erosion protection at Surfers' Beach here.