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

Coastside Design Review Committee vacancies
1. Miramar Community Rep
2. Alternate Miramar Community Rep
Application deadline 4/27/18


Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals
--promoted by CaltransFHWAAARP, and
Midcoast Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study.
Cypress roundabout: MCC 8/9/17 minutes & 5/11/16 letter.
Cypress roundabout evaluation & 10% design


Quarry Park Master Plan
(includes Mirada Surf -- park map)
County Parks is developing this document that will help guide park improvements over a period of at least 20 years. Draft Master Plan review expected Apr 2018.


Vallemar Bluff 4-House Development


Affordable Housing 
Cypress Point is MidPen's proposed 71-unit affordable housing community at Carlos/Sierra in Moss Beach. Pre-application plans, workshop summary and comments are here


Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) is being developed to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. Draft plan expected for public review spring 2018.



Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations began in 2013. Draft plan for public review: spring 2018.


Plan Half Moon Bay
HMB General Plan & Local Coastal Program Update are ongoing. Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved. 10/24/17 presentation & video (@3min) on Land Use Policy & Growth Management by Dr. Charles Lester, former CCC Executive Director.


SFO Aircraft Noise

MCC 9/13/17 informational forum --
video, slide presentation, links


















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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (FMR)

Advanced reservations are required for all groups of 10 or more to visit the Marine Reserve. Limiting the number of persons on the reef at any one time, reduces impact on marine life, and helps to preserve it for future generations. Call SMC Parks reservation line, 650-363-4021.


Natural Resources

Reef overuse has led to decreasing biodiversity.
Cliff armoring has caused loss of beach.
Invasive non-native plants degrade native habitat. 

Vegetation Management Pilot Projects for 2014/15:
Cypress Grove Management Plan
San Vicente Creek Enhancement Plan





Infrastructure Projects

Feb 2013 MCC presentation:  Review of FMR Infrastructure projects & natural resource protection issues

Parking Lot Improvements completed 2014

The parking lot project (PLN2012-00126) at the corner of California & Lake Street, Moss Beach, initially involved a major reconfiguration, enlargement, and complete repaving (6/11/12 site plan). After Planning Dept review noted extensive project encroachment on the riparian buffer zone (staff report), the project was significantly scaled-down, focusing mainly on stormwater pollution reduction features. (County webpage)

Dardenelle Trail completed 2013

The California Coastal Trail route chosen by the County through FMR is the Dardenelle Trail along the park's eastern boundary between Cypress and North Lake Street. The new accessible bridge across San Vicente Creek provides improved inter-community bike & pedestrian access.

This existing wooded winding trail with native fern grove was cherished locally, but was not ADA compliant due to some protruding tree roots and a section which needed a more gentle grade. 

Public input on the project resulted in downsizing original plans for trail and bridge and replacing asphalt surface with permeable and more natural appearing decomposed granite. However the construction area was not reduced and the trail was constructed with road paving equipment causing a wide swath of destruction. The fern grove was obliterated. Tree root zones were not protected. Invasive cape ivy was not eradicated before construction and thus was spread throughout the construction area by the grading.  See Feb 2013 MCC presentation, slides 7-15.
May 2011 California Coastal Commission staff report - approved.
Jan 2011 Planning Commission Approval/Conditions / Staff Report.
        Comments: Committee for Green Foothills / L.Ketcham
2010 Trail plans  /  NegDec

Moss Beach Reef Access Ramp & Overlook

Managed retreat for the reef overlook platform is proposed in the 2016 Master Plan Assessment, instead of the $2.5 million access ramp expansion with 10.5-ft wide asphalt road, 3-ft wide shoulders, retaining walls up to 6-ft high, and enlarged rock platform on the beach -- 2010 ramp design & NegDec 
2010 Comments: L.Ketcham / Committee for Green Foothills
Feb 2013 presentation (slides 18-26). 

Interpretive Center 

Earlier plans for enlarged Interpretive Center (2,000 to 3,000 s/f) at main entrance will not go foward unless adjacent property becomes available for purchase, according to 2016 Master Plan Assessment.  


Master Plan

2002 FMR Master Plan
2003 Draft Environmental Impact Report for FMR Master Plan

[2013 MCC presentation: request for progress/priority assessement]

2016 Master Plan Assessment
2017 Master Plan Progress Report & presentation