MCC Meetings                    

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7 PM, Granada Sanitary District,
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
moderated by League of Women Voters:
SMC Harbor Commission, September 11, Thurs, 7pm
Cypress Meadows, 343 Cypress Ave, Moss Beach
Coastside Fire District Board, October 7, Tuesday, 7pm
GSD meeting room, 504 Alhambra, third floor, El Granada
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Focus Topics 

Big Wave Project is back with a North Parcel Alternative

Major subdivision and development proposed for 15 acres of agricultural land and wetlands west of HMB Airport.
     5-bldg business park – 189,000 s/f
     4-bldg residential Wellness Center – 90,000 s/f
     Parking for 554 cars (incl. 92 for public beach use)
     15-yr Development Agreement with County
Big Wave Issues Page

Permit processing schedule:
Jul 31 - Sept 2: Environmental document public comment period
Aug 13: Informational at Planning Commission (staff report)  &
    MCC: presentation/video.   8/27 MCC commentsvideo
Sept 11: Coastside Design Review Committee (July 10 continued)
Oct 22: Planning Commission hearing on Coastside

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Connect the Coastside is a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan that will identify programs and improvements along Hwy 1 & 92 to accommodate the Coastside’s future transportation needs as it grows toward build-out. The technical study will coincide with broad public outreach to ensure that the final Plan reflects the unique character and vision of local residents and businesses. The online Virtual Workshop is open for your ideas.

The Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan is a requirement of the 2012 Midcoast update to the Local Coastal Program (LCP Policy 2.53). In December 2013 the Board of Supervisors approved $500,000 to fund the project, which is scheduled for completion mid-2015. Scope of work and timeline.
Related studies & projects: Hwy 1 Issues Page.

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Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.

Phase 1, Community Visioning Report, Oct 2013
Phase 2, Existing Conditions Report, May 2014
Phase 3, Alternatives Evaluation, Sept/Oct 2014

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Highway 1 Traffic & Safety Improvements

- Pedestrian Crossings
- Left-Turn Lanes
- Highway Medians

Proposed design alternatives will be refined with public feedback. Comment online or via email to ncalderon@smcgov.org

7/31/14 MCC workshop videopresentation - minutes
6/18/14 community meeting videonotescomment cards
Highway 1 Issues Page

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Pillar Point Harbor Priorities
County Harbor District is developing a Strategic Business Plan.
VIDEO of 7/10/14 kick-off meeting.
MCC overview presentation & initial comments on priorities.
2014 Grand Jury Report recommends dissolution of Harbor District,
        District reponse
Harbor/Shoreline Issues Page

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Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan Update

The ALUCP affects future land uses and development surrounding the HMB airport. Land use policies address height of structures for airspace protection, aircraft noise impacts, and safety compatibility criteria near the ends of the runway.  FAQ's  -  Draft Final ALUCP revised 8/8/14, with response to comments.

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Montara Coast - Public Access & Views
Most of Montara’s spectacular rocky shoreline is only visible to the public from the ends of county streets west of Highway 1. Private encroachments into the public right-of-way are diminishing this coastal access.  Online petition to Board of Supervisors has over 400 signatures.

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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 2014.


 

  

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (FMR)

Review of infrastructure projects & natural resource protection issues - Feb 2013 MCC presentation

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Natural Resources

Issues:
Limited funding for rangers and natural resource management.
Reef overuse has led to decreasing biodiversity.
Invasive non-native plants spread unchecked, destroying native habitat. 

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

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Infrastructure Projects

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 presentation, slides 7-15).

Project documents:
California Coastal Commission staff report 5/12/11 - approved
S.Brennan Appeal to California Coastal Commission 5/2011 (8mb)
Planning Commission Approval & Conditions 1/14/11
Planning Commission Staff Report Summary 1/12/11
Committee for Green Foothills to Planning Commission 1/12/11
L.Ketcham to Planning Commission 1/9/11
2010 Trail construction plans (9mb)
Beach Access and Trail Neg Dec 7/10/10
PLN2010-00093 - online permit site

Parking Lot Improvements

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- 7mb), the project was significantly scaled-down, focusing mainly on stormwater pollution reduction features. Construction is planned for fall 2014 (County page).

Beach Access Ramp Improvements

County Parks Strategic Plan includes this project for 2016-17, estimated at $2.5 million. 2010 Ramp design plans, refined after a Community Meeting in 2009, include 10.5-ft wide asphalt road with 3-ft wide shoulders on either side, and retaining wall up to 6-ft high. (see Feb 2013 presentation, slides 18-26)

The project was originally included with the Dardenelle Trail in the 2010 environmental document (Neg Dec), but was separated after that and the beach ramp portion was not certified.  No Coastal Permit application has been submitted for this project.
L.Ketcham re Neg Dec (CCT & beach access) 7/20/10
Committee for Green Foothills re Neg Dec 7/19/10

Interpretive Center Building

County Parks Strategic Plan includes this project for 2017-18, estimated at $500,000. A 2008 permit application (PLN2008-00054) included 3,050 s/f interpretive center, parking for 50 cars & 3 buses, with 18 trees to be removed. That application was canceled. The building location and size seem to be in flux, but we are told a pre-fabricated building is being considered, 2,000 sq.ft. or less.

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