Big Wave Project - 2010 (Denied)
was a major development proposed in 2006 for 20 acres (2 parcels) of agricultural land and wetlands along Airport St. between HMB Airport and Pillar Point Marsh. The project was approved by the County in 2011 but denied on appeal to the Coastal Commission (CCC) in 2012 due to many inconsistencies with the Local Coastal Program (LCP). The first 4 pages of CCC staff report summarize the reasons for denial and the issues a revised project would need to address in order to gain approvals. Video of Coastal Commissioners’ response is here.
Big Wave Office Park (PLN2005-00481) on the 14-acre north parcel next to the Pillar Ridge Manufactured Home Community consisted of 225,000 s/f mixed-use office space in 8 buildings (four 2-story, 36 ft tall, and four 3-story, 46 ft tall), and 640-space parking lot. Projected traffic impacts included over 2,000 car trips per day to/from the site over indirect narrow roads. Project included major subdivision (2 lots into 13) and 20-year development agreement.
Big Wave Wellness Center (PLN2005-00482), on the 5-acre south parcel next to Princeton, proposed to provide affordable housing for up to 50 developmentally disabled adults and 20 caretakers, along with a fitness center, indoor pool, and potential employment opportunities for the residents. Also included was parking for 50 cars for staff and visitors and, on a subdivided parcel, 20,000 sf of commercial storage.
2002 grading permit application was denied for 44,000 cy of fill on Big Wave north parcel for undetermined future development. MCC 8/26/02 comment to planner, “The applicant stated during the meeting that this proposed plan was for a major Commercial Development in the M-1 zoning, however, they were unable to obtain water for that project which has since been canceled. Currently, the applicant is undecided on a final proposal for the site and is only going to use it for storage.”
North Parcel Alternative - 2015 (Approved)
The Big Wave North Parcel Alternative (NPA) is a revised project that received final County approvals in May 2015. The NPA combines the Wellness Center with the Business Park on the north parcel, reduces building height to 33 feet, reduces commercial/industrial space to 176,000 s/f, increases the wetlands buffer areas, and has the project served by public water and sewer. Intensity of uses permitted in the Business Park would be limited by what can be accommodated by the north parcel’s 462-space parking lot. Construction is proposed over 15 years per Development Agreement with the County. County page
Nov 2015 LAFCo sphere of influence amendment for MWSD to supply water to Big Wave.
Permit Processing Summary, 2014-15 (PLN2013-00451):
May 2015 Board of Supervisors approved with revised conditions.
Jan 2015 Planning Commission approved 8-building project.
May 2014 Application deemed complete
Sept 2013 Committee for Green Foothills (CGF) dismissed its lawsuit against County 2011 approvals of Big Wave Project.
Aug 2012 CCC staff report: