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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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
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
2018 Harbor Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment


Dredging & Beach Replenishment

        9/10/13 MCC letter re District dredging strategy 
        6/12/13 MCC slide presentation & letter


Surfers' Beach Pilot Restoration Project

See Surfers' Beach page


West Shoreline Trail
Popular recreation area and essential emergency access to the west breakwater, the trail is threatened by erosion.  

2019: At request of CCC, erosion protection project scope is redirected to living shoreline treatment rather than hard armoring - proposal - presentation.
Timeline to 2016 - MCC letter 8/24/16slide presentation
Earlier posts: 5/8/13 & 10/11/14


Perched Beach

Overuse of inner harbor Perched Beach for dredge disposal 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  urged that future harbor dredge material be used to restore and protect eroded shoreline areas.  Read more.


Princeton Shoreline Erosion & Armoring

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


Pillar Point RV Park 
was developed in 1999 without Coastal Development Permit, 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 were lost.  
MCC documented the issues in 2015: letter & images

An after-the-fact CDP for the RV Park was approved 7/9/19 by the HMB Planning Commission to include a new public restroom, outdoor showers, reduced number of RV spaces to 40, day-use parking and Coastal Trail reconfiguration, and landscape improvements to restore public ocean views and to provide more appropriately-sized screening for the RV’s from the highway and the Coastal Trail.
Final Findings & Conditions of Approval 


Chronic harbor fecal pollution
A study by San Mateo County Resource Conservation District (RCD) determined that the source of the bacteria is upland urban runoff via creeks and storm drains, not from boats - 2014 Final Report & presentation.
Followup studies have looked at the upland areas that drain to Capistrano Beach - 2017 presentation.
Beach Water Quality Advisories (sign up for email updates)