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 

Get Involved: Vacancies
Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Coastside Design Review Committee
Housing & Community Development Committee
Local Agency Formation Commission public member


Winter Storm Season -- Are You Prepared?
Tormentas del Invierno - ¿Estás preparado?

Vallemar Bluff
Six-house development proposed for 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop.  

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.

Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.
Public outreach resumes 2016.
MCC 10/28/15 comments - map - attachment
Committee for Green Foothills comments 10/29/15
Project website  --  MCC Princeton page

Midcoast Crossings, Raised Medians, Left Turn Lanes
Chapter 6 of the Aug 2015 Final Preliminary Planning Study  describes the preferred alternatives and implementation plan.  Construction will occur in 3 phases with timing dependent on funding availability:
Phase 1 - 2017-18:  Cypress northbound acceleration lane,
               Grey Whale Cove Alt 1,  Lighthouse/16th Alt 1
Phase 2 - 2020-21: Moss Beach Virginia Alt 3 
Phase 3 - 2023-24: Montara 2nd St Alt 3

The project to develop a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92 has undergone a course correction since April 2015 to allow for additional analysis and report revisions.
Alternative Development Forecast, Oct 2015
Alternative Transportation Standards
Oct 2015 Presentation - Minutes - Comments: MCCCGF
Highway 1 page -- Project website  

Pillar Point Harbor Issues

RV Park: MCC 1/28/15 letter - images.
District Priorities: MCC 7/9/14 letter - Overview Presentation.
Dredging/Beach Replenishment:
MCC letters 9/10/13 & 10/28/15.


 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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Highway 1 Studies & Issues

Transportation Management Plan

The County is developing a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast residential development on Highway 1 and 92.  Based on an analysis of traffic impacts at buildout, specific policies will be developed to offset the demand for all peak period vehicle trips generated by new residential development.  The plan will evaluate expanded public transit, multi-modal travel, and programs for traffic mitigation fees on new development, and mandatory lot merger and lot retirement.   
Project planner is Rob Bartoli.
Project website

The project has undergone a course correction since April 2015 to allow for additional analysis and report revisions:
Alternative Development Forecast
Alternative Transportation Standards

Oct 2015 Presentation - Minutes - Comments: MCC, CGF 

April 2015 Draft Transportation Alternatives (out of date)
    Public Workshop April 15 - commentsgroup statement
    Briefing to MCC April 8 - presentation - video @32min

Buildout Analysis & Traffic Projections Report (Dec 2014)
    CGF comments (May 2015)

The CTMP is a requirement of the 2012 Midcoast update to the Local Coastal Program (LCP Policy 2.53).  $600,000 in County funding was initially allocated for the project which is expected to be completed in late 2016. 


Caltrans requires that roundabouts be considered when state highway intersection improvements are planned. Not only do roundabouts keep traffic moving through intersections, they dramatically reduce collisions (75% fewer injury collisions and a 90% reduction in overall fatalities).
Caltrans Roundabout Inventory 2014: benefits, design features, inventory


Midcoast Coastal Access & Parking Study

April 2015 Midcoast Parking & Access 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 collaborated on this 2013-2015 study.
12/10/14 presentation at MCC.  


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






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

Crossings, Raised Medians, Left Turn Lanes

Original 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

Chapter 6 of the Aug 2015 Final Preliminary Planning Study  describes the preferred alternatives and implementation plan.
--Improvements will be constructed in 3 phases with timing dependent on funding availability:
Phase 1 - 2017-18: 
    Grey Whale Cove Alt 1  -- Lighthouse/16th Alt 1 --
    Cypress northbound acceleration lane
Phase 2 - 2020-21: Moss Beach Virginia Alt 3 
Phase 3 - 2023-24: Montara 2nd St Alt 3

2014-15 Evaluation of design alternatives:
6/23/15 Workshop presentation - Alternatives Matrix
4/28/15 MCC comments - minutes
     Committee for Green Foothills comments
3/11/15 public workshop - video - presentation - comment cards
2/23/15 Design Alternatives summary - online survey - results
7/31/14 community workshop: videopresentation - minutes.
6/18/14 public meeting videonotescomment cards

Funding of design/permitting phase is by 2012 Transportation Authority grant (application - appendices).
Project planner is Mike Schaller.
FHA Proven Safety Countermeasures


Highway Protection at Surfers' Beach

San Mateo County, Caltrans, and Half Moon Bay are collaborating on a project to protect the highway from erosion at Surfers’ Beach, connect a 400-foot section of the Coastal Trail, and add a stairway down to the beach over the newly installed 175-foot section of rock slope protection.  The Coastal Development Permit for the coastal armoring is temporary, for a 10-year period, to allow time to implement a long-term solution to protect the highway from erosion (such as moving this section of highway).

Project construction: Nov 2015 - Jan 2016. 
Caltrans webpage on this project
11/18/15 press release provides more background.
6/12/15 Coastal Commission permit - staff report
2/26/15 Community meeting- presentation - video
10/22/14 County presentation to MCC


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. The trail is expected to be completed in 4 segments. County webpage for this project.
     --Southern segment (Mirada to Coronado): Design Phase 1 by BKF Engineers  (Scope of Workattachments) taking place 2015-16, followed by Phase 2 advanced designs & permitting in 2016-17.
7/10/15 MCC commented on trail alignment priorities.
9/23/15 workshop presentation on trail alignment/design.
1/13/16 conceptual designs for side street crossings.
$500,000 in funding for planning/permitting was awarded by the County Transportation Authority (TA) in April 2014 (application, MCC support).    Project planner Mike Schaller

     --Northern segment (connecting Moss Beach and Montara via Carlos and Main): The County's 2014 application to the CA Active Transportation Program, was not selected (MCC support -- Staff Report). Other funding sources will be sought.


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. 

History of Devil’s Slide: Caltrans’ plan for a 6-lane bypass over the mountain from Pacifica to HMB Airport, and the citizen initiative for a tunnel solution.

The 1976 CA Coastal Act (Section 30254) mandates "that State Highway Route 1 in rural areas of the coastal zone remain a scenic two-lane road."   For the Midcoast that applies to the area north of Montara to Pacifica, outside the urban/rural boundary created by the LCP to contain development.