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.

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Focus Topics

Vallemar Bluff 4-House Development

Story poles are up. Coastside Design Review Committee continued the item to Sept meeting.

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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.
Community meetings:  July 25, Oct 3
Tuesday at 7pm at El Granada School.

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Plan Half Moon Bay
HMB General Plan & Local Coastal Program Update are ongoing. Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved. HMB Planning Commission July 25 joint study session with Park/Rec Commission on Coastal Recreation: 7pm at Ted Adcock.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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Historical General Plans

Despite the extensive subdivisions created during the early 1900’s along with Ocean Shore Railroad construction, the Midcoast population grew very slowly. By 1950, there were only 1,700 residents.

The County's 1962 Midcoastside Preliminary General Plan (map) consisted of 5 communities: Montara-Moss Beach, El Granada, West HMB, East HMB, and Purisima. Each community would contain at full development from 20,000 to 30,000 residents, for a Coastside total of 100,000 to 150,000. By 1980 population of each community was expected to be 13,000 to 18,000.  1962 San Mateo County Master Plan map.

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In the early 1960's, the Henry Dolger Corporation, developer of both San Francisco's Sunset District and much of Daly City, which had acquired approximately 8,000 acres of land in the Midcoast region, started preparing plans for extensive development in and around Montara and Moss Beach. 

 

 

San Mateo County, with the help of a citizens advisory committee, adopted the Montara-Moss Beach General Plan in 1965. This plan rejected development on the scale proposed by the Dolger Corporation, but did indicate urbanization extending well beyond the "paper" subdivisions and onto environmentally sensitive hillsides. It would have allowed the population of Montara and Moss Beach to eventually grow to 30,000 people. The area covered by the plan did not include El Granada.

By 1970, only one Doelger subdivision had been constructed (Clipper Ridge), and the Dolger Corporation had sold off its land holdings in the area to the Westinghouse Corporation (Half Moon Bay Properties). Growth pressures continued on the area. 

In 1989 Westinghouse Corp received County approval of the large-scale Harbor Village hotel/mall/restaurant complex in Princeton (finally built in 2005). Local controversy around this project approval led to the formation of the Midcoast Community Council by Board of Supervisors resolution and voter approval in 1991.

 


 

Montara - Moss Beach - El Granada  Community Plan 1978

In 1972, people throughout the State of California were growing increasingly concerned with uncontrolled growth and loss of access to their coastline and beaches, and took the matter to the ballot box. Proposition 20, the Coastal Initiative, passed overwhelmingly. 

Midcoast residents organized to prevent the grandiose development plans promoted by Westinghouse and other speculators. They determined to create their own plan with sensibility toward the environment and a vision for reasonable, planned growth that the limited resources of the Coast could accommodate. 

Over a 5-year period in the 1970's, Midcoast residents, with the aid of County planners, created the Montara - Moss Beach - El Granada Community Plan, which the Board of Supervisors adopted in 1978. The Commuity Plan formed the basis and is incorporated by reference into San Mateo County's Local Coastal Program (LCP) adopted in 1980. 

The only update to the Community Plan was amended road policies and standards in 1994. The LCP underwent a 12-year update process which was certified by the Coastal Commission in 2012.

The original spiral bound 1978 Community Plan is scanned as a series of jpeg images here