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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Highway 1 Crossings,

Raised Medians,

Turn Lanes


Highway 1 Congestion & Safety Improvement Project

Project timeline 2012 - 2024?
Highway 1 Action Plan: Short term, high priority
Project planner: Rob Bartoli,
See Highway 1 page for related plans & projects

Oct 2012: Transportation Authority (TA) allocated $1.5 million to SMC for planning/permitting of Midcoast crossings, left turn pockets at Gray Whale Cove and 8th St, and raised medians in Montara and Moss Beach (application - appendices). 

The project elements were identified by the community as short term, high priority, and based on concept plans in the Highway 1 Safety & Mobility Improvement Studies:  
        Grey Whale Cove  --  Montara North - Central
        Lighthouse/16th  --  Moss Beach  --  El Granada

Summary history of the project 2012-2017


MCC Input

  • Mar 2012 MCC letter listed common themes and near-term priorities of the Safety/Mobility Study.
  • Jun 2012 MCC support for grant app and early process of consultation with MCC and community on design details. 
  • Oct 2012 MCC requested three break-out groups (Montara, Moss Beach, and El Granada/Miramar) for an inclusive public process in initial planning.
  • May 2013 MCC requested inclusion of the lighthouse crossing when it was learned it had been left out. 
  • Jul  2014 MCC review presentation & renew support.
  • Apr 2015 MCC provided comprehensive comments on the design and evaluation process (minutes).
  • Aug 2019 MCC commented on Caltrans' unannounced crosswalk painted at Virginia & Hwy 1 without adequate signage and safety features.


Gray Whale Cove (GWC) Project


UPDATE AUG 2019: Project environmental review document is posted here. Public comment period ends 9/30/19. 

UPDATE JUNE 2018: Caltrans requires signifiant design change for ADA compliance, even though ADA access to beach or viewing area west of highway is not feasible. Preferred northern crossing location is disallowed due to cross-slope of road. New location puts crossing immediately south of busy parking lot entrance and significantly out of pedestrian line of travel.
Most recent preliminary construction cost estimate is $2.3M.

Sept 2017, two years after selection of GWC as Phase 1 of Midcoast Crossings, the County approved MOU for the TA to complete GWC 100% designs and environmental review. The $1.35 million remainder of 2012 grant funding for design/permitting of all Midcoast crossings was reprogrammed to fund GWC Improvement Project through construction. 


Preferred Crossing Alternatives & Phasing

Aug 2015: Chapter 6 of the Preliminary Planning Study (PPS)  describes the preferred alternatives and implementation plan.  Improvements will be constructed in 3 phases with timing dependent on funding availability:

Phase 1 - June 2018: significant design change
                   required for ADA compliance
               June 2015: Grey Whale Cove Alt 1 
Phase 2 - 2020-21: Moss Beach Virginia Alt 3  
            >>8/22/19 Unannounced, Caltrans paints bare-bones
               crosswalk at Virginia - MCC comments & pictures
Phase 3 - 2023-24: Montara 2nd St Alt 3

Lighthouse/16th Alt 1 was also selected for Phase 1, but the design alternative (painted crosswalk with flashing beacon) was disallowed by the TA in Nov 2015 because the Highway Grant Program supporting this project is for congestion management. Note that all the crossing design alternatives first presented in June 2014 were of this type (thus ineligible for grant), in spite of grant application assurances that all crossings would include median refuge island.


Evaluation of Crossing Design Alternatives

Feb 2014 MOU assigned project management to TA
               and community engagement to SMC.
Jun 2014 Workshop #1 videonotescomment cards.
Jul  2014 Status Update: video - presentation - minutes.
Feb 2015 Design Alternatives summary - online survey - results
Mar 2015 Workshop #2 - video - presentation - comment cards
Apr 2015 MCC comments - minutes - CGF comments
Jun 2015 Workshop #3 presentation - Alternatives Matrix
Nov 2015 presentation of decision at MCC: minutes


FHWA Proven Safety Countermeasures:  
Pedestrian Crossing Islands