MCC Meetings                    

May 27, 2015, MCC meeting is canceled.
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.
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Focus Topics 

Vacancies - Get Involved
Coastside Design Review Committee
Midcoast Community Council
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The County is developing a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92.                      Learn more: Highway 1 Page.

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Midcoast At-Grade Crossings, Raised Medians, Left Turn Lanes
Design modifications will be available in June for public review and comment.
More info:  Highway 1 page.

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Montara Coast - Public Access & Views
Private encroachments into the 7th St right-of-way diminish public coastal access & views - online petition.
Planning Commission approved 7th St fence removal & new encroaching fence; that decision was appealed to Board of Supervisors. Learn more.

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Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations. Project planner is Summer Burlison, sburlison@smcgov.org
Preferred Plan & Policy Framework -- Miss the April workshop? Review the presentation boards here and share your ideas.
Project website  --  MCC Princeton page

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Pillar Point Harbor Issues

RV Park: MCC 1/28/15 letter - images.
District Priorities: MCC 7/9/14 letter - Overview Presentation.
Dredging/Beach Replenishment:
MCC 9/10/13 letter.
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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:
Reef overuse has led to decreasing biodiversity.
Invasive non-native plants spread unchecked, destroying native habitat. 

Vegetation Management Pilot Projects for 2014/15:
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