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-- Supervisor Horsley's 2017 priorities
-- Airport St bulk propane storage: presentation
-- Big Wave Project modification: MCC comments,
application, 2015 approval, Big Wave issues page
An updated draft (Dec 2016) of the County’s proposed Short-Term Rental Ordinance for the unincorporated Coastside is expected to go before the Planning Commission in February for an initial reading and recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. The associated environmental document is currently available for review & comment by Jan 20, 2017. More info on MCC issues page and County page.
Draft Countywide Stormwater Resource Plan (SRP) is available for public review and comment through Jan 13, 2017. Learn more, ask questions, offer feedback:
Public workshop Tues, Jan 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Dr, Pacifica
The SRP is a comprehensive planning document that identifies and prioritizes opportunities to better utilize stormwater as a resource throughout San Mateo County. Through detailed analysis of watershed processes, surface and groundwater resources, and input from stakeholders, the SRP helps prioritize opportunities to mitigate flooding, recharge groundwater, improve water quality, and enhance our communities.
AGENDA for December 14, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
County Code Compliance presentation
Dog Management Committee presentation - webpage
Midcoast County Parks plans/projects update
Midcoast Park/Rec Development Fund Annual Report
Consent: Minutes for Nov 9, 2016
The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the El Granada Fire Station 41 replacement project is available (here) for public review and comment from Dec 2, 2016 -- Jan 19, 2017. The Coastside Fire Protection District will hold a public hearing to take comment on the EIR Wed, Jan 18, 6:00 pm, at the District Board Room, 1191 Main St, HMB. (project summary)
The County is fast-tracking an update to its Second Unit Ordinance in order to bring it into compliance with State law by the Jan 1, 2017, state-imposed deadline. Second units are accessory dwelling units on developed residential property, also known as in-law or granny units. They are viewed as an important source of new housing to help deal with the county jobs/housing gap (26 new jobs for each new housing unit built).
It is important to note that the Coastal Act and the County Local Coastal Program (LCP) supersede the State’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Law which now prohibits quotas or growth limits on second units. In the Coastal Zone, LCP Policy 1.23 will continue to limit new Midcoast residential building permits, including second units, to 40 per year. Policy 3.22 will continue to cap the total number of approved second units at 466 in the Coastal Zone. Coastside Design Review will continue to apply to second units because it is required in the LCP. Community Development Director Steve Monowitz gave assurance at the Nov 30 hearing that there is no intention to request amendment of those LCP policies.
County second-unit ordinance changes to comply with state law include regulations of size, setback, and parking, and require that second units meeting all zoning standards receive ministerial approval, meaning no discretion or public hearing. The staff report is here. Project planner is Will Gibson, email@example.com, 650-363-1816.
The Planning Commission heard the item at their Nov 30 meeting and, at the request of the public in attendance and Commissioner Kersteen-Tucker, agreed to delete the proposed optional expansion of second units into open space resource management areas of the Coastal Zone. The Commission voted 3-0 to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve the proposed ordinance as amended.
[UPDATE: The Board of Supervisors approved the ordinance 1/10/2017.]
An amnesty program is being planned (likely for early 2017) for second units that were built without permits.
SMC County Parks Dog Management Committee is comprised of ten community members who advise the Parks Commission as it seeks to update and clarify dog management policies in County Parks.
In addition to recommending updates to the County ordinances and identifying potential dog recreation opportunities, the Committee is expected to outline criteria to be used in identifying parks, places or trails best suited for dog activity and parameters for specific pilot areas where dog management will be allowed and carefully monitored to determine effectiveness. Topics of enforcement, budget, owner education, and park infrastructure will also be on the Committee’s agenda.
The monthly Committee meetings (Sept 2016 – Aug 2017) are at 2pm in Redwood City and are open to the public. The County webpage for this issue has more info on committee members, meeting dates, location, agendas and minutes.
Let’s support this new volunteer program in our local County Parks. The Stewardship Corps program is seeking volunteers to work on habitat restoration and beautification projects on Saturday mornings 9am-12pm. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is on the schedule for Nov 19, preparing an area for planting along the Dardenelle Trail. Meet at the FMR parking lot at Nevada & North Lake, rain or shine.
Stewardship Corps workdays include hands-on service and education about native plants and animals. Volunteers work together with staff to assist in activities like invasive plant removal, planting natives and seed collection. No experience is necessary. Tools, training and light snacks are provided. Fulfills community service requirements. Registration encouraged but not required.