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 

Quarry Park Master Plan
(includes Mirada Surf -- park map)
Get involved in developing this document that will guide park improvements over the next 20 years.
Take the online survey.
Community meetings:  July 25, Oct 3
Tuesday at 7pm at El Granada School.


Coastside Design Review Committee openings:  Applications being accepted for appointment to CDRC which meets in El Granada at 1:30pm on the second Thurs of the month. CDRC reviews new Midcoast residential building plans for compliance with Design Review standards. Openings for community reps and for architect or landscape architect -- application deadline 8/4/17.


SMC Parks Dog Management Committee is developing dog-management policy updates for County Parks.
Meetings are open to the public:
Rm 402, 455 County Center, 4th floor, RWC
2pm: July 17, Aug 21


Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals
--promoted by CaltransFHWAAARP, and
Midcoast Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study
--MCC letters May & April 2016


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


Plan Half Moon Bay
HMB General Plan & Local Coastal Program Update are ongoing. Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved. HMB Planning Commission Workshop on Coastal Access (including trails, parking, transit) June 27, 2017, 7pm, Emergency Operations Center, Shoreline Station.


Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen expects to submit development plans to the County by end June 2017 for the 11-acre north Moss Beach affordable housing site. First step in County public process will be Pre-Application Workshop.



Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations began in 2013. Draft plan for public review: summer 2017.


















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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

2016 Grand Jury Report: "The Price of Dysfunction is Rising"
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 - Appendix
1996 Army Corps constructed concrete wall at west breakwater

2006 LAFCo Municipal Service Review
2012 implementation status report of 1991 PPH Master Plan.
2014 Infrastructure & Facilities Assessment


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
Popular recreation area and essential emergency access to the west breakwater, the trail is threatened by erosion and had to be partially roped off in late 2011.  
News post 5/8/13 & 10/11/14.
Timeline - MCC letter 8/24/16slide presentation


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