MCC Meetings                    

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7 PM, Granada Sanitary District,
504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd 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 

Highway 1 Traffic & Safety Improvements

Community Workshop July 31, 7-9PM, Cypress Meadows.

- Pedestrian Crossings
- Left-Turn Lanes
- Highway Medians

Proposed design alternatives will be refined with public feedback. Comment online or via email to

6/18/14 community meeting videonotescomment cards


Pillar Point Harbor Priorities
County Harbor District is developing a Strategic Business Plan.
VIDEO of 7/10/14 kick-off meeting.
MCC overview presentation & initial comments on priorities.
2014 Grand Jury Report recommends dissolution of Harbor District. 
Harbor/Shoreline Issues Page


Big Wave Project is back with a North Parcel Alternative -
Major subdivision and development proposed for 15 acres of agricultural land and wetlands west of HMB Airport.
5-bldg business park – 189,000 s/f
4-bldg residential Wellness Center – 70,500 s/f
15-yr Development Agreement with County

Permit processing schedule:
Late July: begin EIR 30-day circulation for public comment
Aug 13: Informational presentation at MCC 7PM, at Pillar Ridge Community Center
Late Aug/early Sept: Planning Commission hearing on coast
Sept 11: Coastside Design Review Committee hearing continued
Oct 22: Planning Commission decision


Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.

Phase 1, Community Visioning Report, Oct 2013
Phase 2, Existing Conditions Report, May 2014
Phase 3, Alternatives Evaluation, Sept/Oct 2014


Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan Update
The ALUCP affects future land uses and development surrounding the HMB airport. Land use policies address height of structures for airspace protection, aircraft noise impacts, and safety compatibility criteria near the ends of the runway.  Frequently Asked Questions  -  Draft Final ALUCP - Environmental Review document


Connect the Coastside
is an interactive website for the comprehensive Transportation Management Plan that will identify programs and improvements along Hwy 1 & 92 to accommodate the Midcoast’s future transportation needs. See also Hwy 1 Issues Page.


Montara Coast - Public Access & Views
Most of Montara’s spectacular rocky shoreline is only visible to the public from the ends of county streets west of Highway 1. Private encroachments into the public right-of-way are diminishing this coastal access.  Online petition to Board of Supervisors


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 2013.

















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Highway 1 Studies & Issues

Highway 1 Safety & Mobility Studies

During 2009-2012 San Mateo County conducted a two-phase public participatory planning effort to develop conceptual plans to improve Highway 1 safety and mobility between Half Moon Bay and Devil’s Slide.
     Action Plan for both phases 
     Phase 1 Study covering El Granada & Miramar 
     Phase 2 Study covering HMB airport to Devil's Slide
     More detail, public comment and meeting videos


Transportation Management Plan (TMP)

Interactive project website: Connect the Coastside.
A requirement of the 2012 Midcoast update to the Local Coastal Program (LCP Policy 2.53), the plan will address the cumulative traffic impacts of residential development on roads and highways in the entire Midcoast, including Half Moon Bay.  In December 2013 the Board of Supervisors approved $500,000 to fund the project, which is scheduled for completion mid-2015. Scope of work and timeline.


Midcoast Parking Study

The Action Plan for implementation of the Highway 1 Safety & Mobility Studies calls for a parking study to be completed before more detail planning of beach and trailhead parking lots in the Midcoast, with the goal of sharing and limiting the number of new parking lots.  San Mateo County, GGNRA, State Parks, and CalTrans are collaborating on this 2013-14 study.











Highway 1 street lighting issues

In 2012 Supervisor Horsley exchanged letters with Caltrans asking for improved street lighting along Highway 1 in downtown Moss Beach, for pedestrian safety reasons (4/265/16, 7/169/20).  In June 2012 the MCC did a Moss Beach Hwy 1 lighting survey which revealed about half the lights were burned out. MCC reported this to Dept of Public Works (DPW) and bulbs were replaced. DPW does not check street lights, but depends on residents to report outages.


Midcoast Rural PDA designation abandoned

The controversial Rural Priority Development Area designation for the Midcoast was applied for in 2012 as a way to receive priority transportation funding from ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments).  Due to community objections the idea was abandoned and replaced by 5 Rural Community Investment Areas (RCIA).  Read more.


Highway 1 Projects

Highway 1 Traffic and Safety Improvements

Pedestrian Crossings
Left-Turn Lanes
Highway Medians

Project Elements were identified by the community as near term, high priority, and are based on concept plans in the Highway 1 Safety & Mobility Improvement Studies:  Grey Whale Cove - Montara North - Central - Lighthouse - Moss Beach - El Granada

Proposed design alternatives will be refined with public feedback.
Community Workshop July 31, 7-9PM, Cypress Meadows.
6/18/14 community meeting videonotescomment cards
Comment online or via email to

Design and permitting phase of the project is funded by 2012 County Transportation Authority grant ($1,500,000). Design planning got underway in 2014, and permitting is expected to be complete in late 2015. Construction could follow in 2016 or later, depending on funding availability.


Highway Protection at Surfers' Beach

San Mateo County, Caltrans, and Half Moon Bay are collaborating on the design and preliminary engineering for a project which would include the following components: 
--150-ft-long retaining wall to support the existing embankment. 
--Rock slope protection along the ocean side of the wall to provide energy dissipation and protection from undermining.  
--Reconstruction of the paved coastal trail adjacent to the wall.
--Staircase to connect the coastal trail to the beach.  

Supervisor Horsley asked Caltrans to take emergency action to protect the highway in fall 2013. Caltrans reply.
Request for Proposals 7/11/14


Highway 1 Parallel Trail

This trail has long been envisioned as an east-of-highway multi-use transportation trail connecting the Midcoast communities to each other and to Half Moon Bay.  
     --Southern segment (HMB city limit at Mirada, north to Coronado): Funding for planning/permitting was approved by the County Transportation Authority (TA) in April 2014. (application, MCC support).  
     --Northern segment (connecting Moss Beach and Montara via Carlos and Main): The County is applying to the Active Transportation Program, a state program for bicycle and pedestrian grants including Safe Routes to Schools. (MCC support -- Staff Report)


Devil's Slide Tunnel & Trail

Devil's Slide Coast website welcomes the opening of the tunnel in March 2013.  The former Devil’s Slide roadway has been converted into a multi-modal segment of the California Coastal Trail, managed by County Parks, which opened in March 2014. (trail webpage)

Bike/Pedestrian Crossing - After much discussion about safety and crossing alternatives at the south portal, Caltrans moved forward with an at-grade crossing with an on-demand pedestrian crossing signal.