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 9:30AM.
See Archives for past meetings with video links.


Focus Topics

Introduction to Local Government:
     District boundaries, services provided, decision-making bodies.


Neighborhood Commercial Districts
Zoning Regs Update: C-1/Midcoast:
CDRC open study sessions:
9/19, 1:30-3pm & 9/23,
Study materials: comparison tables, maps showing existing uses 


Half Moon Bay Local Coastal Program Update

Draft Land Use Plan Update ready for your input. HMB Planning Commission Study Session:
Sept 24, 7pm, EOC, 537 Kelly, HMB


Harbor View Inn 15-room expansion 
2019 plans --  images -- MCC comments


Cypress Point Affordable Housing Community 
Proposed 71-unit affordable housing community at Carlos/Sierra in Moss Beach
April 2019 re-submittal documents 


Get Involved - CDRC vacancies

Coastside Design Review Committee reviews development applications for compliance with Midcoast Design Standards to encourage new homes with individual character that are complementary with neighboring houses, community character, and the surrounding natural setting.    Desirable traits in a CDRC member.

A Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan is being developed to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. Final draft expected in 2019.


Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals, and a context-appropriate highway circulation plan for Moss Beach


Quarry Park Master Plan
County Parks is developing this document that will help guide park improvements over a period of at least 20 years. 



Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations began in 2013. Draft plan for public review expected in 2019.


Dunes Beach Hotel/RV in HMB


























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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (FMR)
& Pillar Point Bluff  -  map


Tide Pools
What to know before you go tide pooling (30-sec video)

Advanced reservations are required for 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.

Friends of FMR is a non-profit organization of volunteers who provide tours of the tidepools and other educational experiences.


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:
Cypress Grove Management Plan 2014/15
San Vicente Creek Enhancement Plan 2015 Phase 1

SMC Parks Stewardship Corps: Volunteers & park staff work together to restore native habitat. 

Pillar Point Bluff & Marsh  -  map
1997 Pillar Point Marsh acquired
2004-2009 POST: bluff acquisition, restoration, trails
2011 Bluff parcels transferred to County
2015 POST acquires last (Thompson) parcel
2016 Geotech Hazard Assessment
2016 Thompson parcel transfer to County
2016 MCC presentation on trail surfaces
2018 Jean Lauer Trail road rehab project
2019 Air Force erosion/restoration plans

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 bike/ADA route through FMR is the Dardenelle Trail, along the park's eastern boundary between Cypress and North Lake Street. The 60' long, 8'4" wide bridge across San Vicente Creek also provides improved inter-community bike & pedestrian access.

Public input on project plans in 2010 resulted in reduced width for trail and bridge, and more natural decomposed granite trail surface instead of asphalt. However the construction footprint was not reduced and the trail was constructed with road paving equipment causing a wide swath of destruction.
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

Seal Cove Staircase built 2010



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
2002 FMR Vegetation Resources
2003 Draft Environmental Impact Report for FMR Master Plan
2004 FMR Marine Resource Assessment
2004 FMR Conceptual Plan for Interpretation

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

2016 Master Plan Assessment
2017 Master Plan Progress Report & presentation