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.
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Focus Topics 

Shoreline Erosion & Sea Level Rise

Coastside Sea Rise & Erosion Forum May 24
6:30pm, Douglas Beach House, 311 Mirada Rd.
Speakers: John Dingler, Army Corps
               Bob Battalio, Coastal Civil Engineer
               Dan Hoover, USGS Coastal Marine Geology Program

Surfers’ Beach: breakwater engineering analysis
                         & beach replenishment
Pacifica Sea Level Rise Forum, Mar 2016: Video & Recap
The Crumbling Coastside - HMB Review article

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Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) is being developed to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. (webpage)

Recommended Transportation Improvements & Land Use Policies:   Draft report  -  Appendix  -  Apr 7 workshop video
Comments:  MCC - Coastal Commission - Green Foothills
Mar 23 MCC presentation - video (at 32:30) - minutes (4a)

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Plan Half Moon Bay
City of Half Moon Bay General Plan and Local Coastal Program (LCP) Update is ongoing.  The City and the unincorporated Midcoast greatly affect each other and Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved.  First public review draft of HMB Land Use Plan 

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Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen Housing is gathering community input regarding a potential development at the 11-acre North Moss Beach affordable housing site -- Mar 16 Open House Handout --
Citizen 4-min video overview - HMB Review article

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Vallemar Bluff
Five-houses proposed for 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop.  
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Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.  Princeton page
Public outreach resumes May 2016.

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Highway 1 Parallel Trail
East-of-highway active transportation trail to connect Midcoast communities to each other and to Half Moon Bay.
First segment for design/permitting is Mirada to Coronado.

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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.


 

  

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (FMR)

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

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Natural Resources

Issues:
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

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Infrastructure Projects

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).

Project documents:
California Coastal Commission staff report 5/12/11 - approved
S.Brennan Appeal to California Coastal Commission 5/2011
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
Beach Access and Trail Neg Dec 7/10/10
PLN2010-00093 - online permit site

Beach Access Ramp Improvements on hold

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 on hold

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