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.

Focus Topics 

Subdivision Regulations Update
A comprehensive update is underway to align county subdivision regulations (dating back to 1992) with current state law and pertinent case law, and to make them more user friendly.  County staff will present the key issues at MCC May 25, 7pm.
Staff report - presentation


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)


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


Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen Housing will hold a second open house in late June or early July to share design concepts for the 11-acre Moss Beach affordable housing site that are compatible with the existing neighborhood, at the same medium density or lower, and conserve a significant portion of the site as permanent open space.  
HMB Review article 5/13/16


Vallemar Bluff
Five-houses proposed for 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop.  

Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.  Princeton page
Public outreach resumes May 2016.


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.



 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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Pillar Point Harbor

Harbor History & District Priorities 
     MCC harbor overview presentation 7/5/14
     MCC letter re District Priorities 7/9/14 

San Mateo County Harbor District website

2015 LAFCo Municipal Service Review of SMC Harbor District 
2014 Grand Jury Report: "What is the price of dysfunction?
     The San Mateo County Harbor District."   
     District response - LAFCo response 


Harbor History & Documents

MCC overview presentation
Pillar Point Harbor history article by Barbara Vanderwerf
1933 Board of Supervisors Resolution forming the Harbor District
1933-1948 Harbor District inactive
1943 aerial photo harbor area, pre-breakwater
1953 Grant Deed El Granada parcels
1960 Grant Deed State Tidelands (map on last page)
Pillar Point Harbor land parcel table
1959-61 U.S. Army Corps construction of outer breakwater
1960 Master Plan: only Phase 1 built (pier, bulkhead, fill, office, concession bldg) due to storm waves within harbor.

1966, 1970, 1977, 1991 attempts to dissolve Harbor District (1,2,3)
1976 Coastal Permit 133-76: inner harbor
1978 Nov: 133-76-A1: additional parking
1983 District declines gift of Surfers' Beach land
1984 Feb: 133-76 A2: allow dredging/Perched Beach
1984 Oct: 133-76 A3: allow larger volume of dredging
1985 Feb: request to reconsider 133-76 A3: denied
1989 CCC comments on East Harbor Master Plan draft EIR
1989 EIR Summary of Mitigation -- East Harbor Master Plan
1990 Scenic Preservation Agreement west of Denniston Creek
1991 Pillar Point Harbor Master Plan:  text portion -- map Inner Harbor -- map highway area -- map West Shoreline

1996 Army Corps constructed concrete wall at west breakwater
2006 LAFCo Municipal Service Review
2012 implementation status report of 1991 PPH Master Plan.


Harbor Dredging & Beach Replenishment

        MCC letters to Harbor Commission:
        9/10/13 re District dredging strategy 
        6/12/13 slide presentation & letter

Overuse of inner harbor Perched Beach for dredge disposal has turned most of the former beach into an upland area.  This “pre-development dredge disposal” was done without Coastal Commission permission in 1998 and 2006. One more dredge event was authorized in 2013, but public comment (including Supervisor Horsley) urged that future harbor dredge material be used to restore and protect eroded shoreline areas.  Read more.
2007 Harbor Dredge Material Preliminary Evaluation:     suitable for beach replenishment.


West Shoreline Trail
Erosion must be addressed before this popular access to Maverick's beach is lost. 
Read more -- update 10/11/14.
MCC letters: 6/12/139/10/13.
2012 Trail Erosion Study included only armoring solutions: Condition Survey & Repair Alternatives  - Engineering Analysis  - Cost Estimates - Permit Strategy


Romeo Pier
Closed as unsafe ~1998, rotting neglected ever since, the old pier is a marine debris disaster waiting to happen.
District voted to move forward with pier removal 8/5/15.
Pier Removal Report 2014
MCC letter 9/10/13.  Summary history & pictures.


Pillar Point RV Park 
was developed in 1999 under long-term lease on a Harbor District parcel that had been used for many decades as public beach parking with restroom facilities.  The public restroom, a key amenity in this popular beach area, was closed.  Public coastal views and critically needed west-of-highway beach parking have been lost.  
MCC 1/28/15 letter & images.
The development has no CDP (per CCCHMBlesseeHD).
RV stay limit & day-use parking letters: 199920002002


Chronic harbor fecal pollution
A study by San Mateo County Resource Conservation District (RCD) determined that the source of the bacteria is upland urban area runoff via creeks and culverts, not the harbor itself.
Presentation of results -- 2014 Final Report.
Beach Water Quality Advisories (sign up for email updates)


Princeton Shoreline Erosion & Armoring

See Plan Princeton page, and
5/29/13 Pillar Point Harbor Shoreline Erosion Presentation