MCC Meetings                    

May 27, 2015, MCC meeting is canceled.
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 

Vacancies - Get Involved
Coastside Design Review Committee
Midcoast Community Council

The County is developing a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. 
Project planner is James Hinkamp
Transportation Alternatives, draft report April 2015
      Public Workshop April 15 - commentsgroup statement
      Briefing to MCC April 8 - presentation - video @32 min - minutes
Buildout Analysis & Traffic Projections Report, Dec 2014
      Comments from Committee for Green Foothills
Related studies & projects: Hwy 1 Issues Page.


Midcoast At-Grade Crossings, Raised Medians, Left Turn Lanes
Preliminary Planning Study - attachments
Design alternatives summary
MCC comments 4/28/15
Community Workshop March 11 - video.
More info & earlier comments:  MCC Highway 1 Issues Page.


Montara Coast - Public Access & Views

Private encroachments into the 7th St right-of-way diminish public coastal access & views.  Online petition - personal comments.
On Feb 25 the Planning Commission approved 7th St fence removal & new encroaching fence.
New encroaching fence appealed to Board of Supervisors by Montara resident. April 28 hearing postponed


Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations. Project planner is Summer Burlison,
Preferred Plan & Policy Framework -- Miss the April workshop? Review the presentation boards here and share your ideas.
Project website  --  MCC Princeton Issues Page


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 9/10/13 letter.

 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 2014.

















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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 James Hinkamp

Transportation Alternatives (draft report April 2015)
   Public Workshop April 15 - commentsgroup statement
   Briefing to MCC April 8 - presentation - video @32min
Buildout Analysis & Traffic Projections Report (Dec 2014)

The CTMP is a requirement of the 2012 Midcoast update to the Local Coastal Program (LCP Policy 2.53). In December 2013 the Board of Supervisors approved $500,000 to fund the project, which is scheduled for completion early 2016. 


Midcoast 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

At-Grade Crossings, Raised Medians, Left Turn Lanes

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

Preliminary Planning Study - attachments (2/23/15)
Design alternatives summary - Online survey closed - results
4/28/15 MCC comments
3/11/15 community workshop - video
7/31/14 community workshop: videopresentation - minutes.
6/18/14 public meeting videonotescomment cards

Design/permitting phase is funded by 2012 County Transportation Authority grant ($1,500,000).
Project Planner is James Himkamp


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.
--Project construction goal: Aug 2015
--Project Planner is James Himkamp

2/26/15 Community meeting- presentation - video
10/22/14 County presentation to MCC
9/18/14 TAC site visit meeting minutes
July 2014 Request for Proposals - Staff Report
Supervisor Horsley asked Caltrans to take emergency action to protect the highway in fall 2013. Caltrans reply.


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): $500,000 in funding for planning/permitting was awarded 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's 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.