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 

Subdivision Regulations Update
A comprehensive update is underway to align county subdivision regulations (dating back to 1992) with current state law and pertinent case law, and to make them more user friendly.  County staff will present the key issues at MCC May 25, 7pm.
Staff report - presentation


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


Plan Half Moon Bay
City of Half Moon Bay General Plan and Local Coastal Program Update is ongoing.  The City and unincorporated Midcoast greatly affect each other and Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved.  Public review draft HMB Land Use Plan 


Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen Housing will hold a second open house in late June or early July to share design concepts for the 11-acre Moss Beach affordable housing site that are compatible with the existing neighborhood, at the same medium density or lower, and conserve a significant portion of the site as permanent open space.  
HMB Review article 5/13/16


Vallemar Bluff
Five-houses proposed for 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop.  

Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.  Princeton page
Public outreach resumes May 2016.


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.



 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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Hwy 1 Erosion Repair at 10th St Montara

Caltrans crews will begin embankment and drainage repairs Monday, March 28, 2016, between 9th & 10th Streets in Montara to prevent slope erosion west of the highway from impacting the roadway. Barriers will be set up and speed limit reduced to 35 mph during the work which will continue through June 2016. See Construction Notice for further details.  Caltrans District 4 Information Officer is Gidget Navarro, 510-286-5574, 


MCC Meeting Mar 23, 2016

Agenda for March 23, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Supporting documents:

Connect the Coastside (Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan): County presentation of recommended transportation improvements and land use policies to minimize and mitigate the impacts of Midcoast growth:
Draft report - appendices - webpage
(preview of County Public Workshop #4, Apr 7)

Coastside weekend shuttle grant application (schedule & route)
Consent agenda: Minutes for March 8, 2016

UPDATE: 3/23/16 meeting video & minutes


Mid-Pen Housing: Community Outreach on Moss Beach 11-Acre Site

Local non-profit MidPen Housing held an Open House at Farallone View School March 16 to collect community input and answer questions about a potential affordable housing development at the 11-acre former Navy barracks site at Carlos/Sierra in Moss Beach (handout). Most of the large crowd in attendance was organized with signs/stickers opposing high density housing and increased traffic congestion. Their spokesperson's address  opposed any development on the site, urging its preservation as a park. 

MidPen is considering a potential affordable housing development on the site, which could give preference to residents with Coastside jobs. The site would be developed at the same medium density as the surrounding neighborhood, even though the zoning allows for medium-high density. Instead of the 148-unit mixed affordable/market-rate project approved for this site in 1986, MidPen proposes no more than 80 units, with all rental units affordable to families earning 30-60% of county median income (currently $103,000 for family of four). The one- and two-story duplexes and triplexes would be clustered so that a significant portion of the site could be dedicated to permanent open space. MidPen is committed to community outreach and engagement to craft a thoughtful proposal that is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. See MidPen presentation at MCC Feb 10, and background/related info on MCC Affordable Housing page. MidPen's contact for questions/comments is Felix AuYeung,


Pacifica Sea Level Rise Forum Mar 24

Thursday, March 24, 2016
6:30 PM
Pacifica Community Center
540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica

Midcoast and HMB residents are invited to attend and join the discussion sponsored by Pacifica’s Environmental Family and the Pacifica Climate Committee to consider some of the immediate local challenges of sea level rise.

Moderator is Brenda Goeden, Sediment Program Manager at Bay Conservation & Development Commission.  Speakers are Hilary Papendick, Climate Resilience Specialist with the County Office of Sustainability, Patrick Barnard, coastal geologist at USGS, Bob Battalio, coastal engineer at Environmental Science Associates, and Joshua Cosgrove, NCCWD board member. 

UPDATE: Meeting video/presentations/maps



Draft Short-Term Rental Ordinance Mar 8 Public Hearing

MCC will co-host a special meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7:00 PM at 
Cypress Meadows, 343 Cypress, Moss Beach, 
to review and gather community feedback on the County's Draft Short-Term (Vacation) Rental Ordinance.  More info.

MCC regular meeting for March 9, 2016, is CANCELED.

UPDATE: 3/8/16 meeting video & minutes.


Marine Terraces of California: Mar 24 Lecture

USGS Evening Public Lecture Series events are free and are intended for a general public audience that may not be familiar with the science being discussed. Lectures are held at the USGS Menlo Park Campus in Building 3, 2nd floor Rambo Auditorium, Menlo Park.  Also available to watch live online.



Coastal Assets Chosen for Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Profiles

Sea Change San Mateo County has selected 30 assets to receive an Asset Vulnerability Profile (AVP). Included are:

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (rocky intertidal)
Mirada Road (road, Coastal Trail, restaurant/inn)
California Coastal Trail
HMB Landfill (closed)
SAM Wastewater Treatment Plant
Highway 1 at Surfers’ Beach 

AVP’s will describe an asset’s function or service, along with the sensitivity of the asset and its function to flood depth and duration. The AVP will also characterize the adaptive capacity of that asset, and will discuss the potential consequences (economic, social/equity, environmental, or otherwise) that could result from its loss. Following asset manager questionnaires and interviews, a draft AVP will be available for public review and comment period.


Harbor District Capital Projects 5-Year Plan, Mar 2

The Harbor District is starting the budget process for the 2016/17 year, and would like your input. The process starts at the Harbor Commission March 2 meeting with a look at a five-year program for major maintenance and capital projects (agenda - staff report item 6).

Wednesday March 2, 2016, at 6:30 PM
Sea Crest School, Think Tank, Room #19, 901 Arnold Way, HMB


Pedro Pt Headlands Restoration & Trail Project Review

San Mateo County Parks invites the public to review and comment on the environmental document and plans for a two-year restoration and trail-building effort at the Pedro Point Headlands in Pacifica. Document and trail plans can be viewed here.

Please submit your comments before 5pm, March 23, 2016, to Sam Herzberg, 

Pacifica Land Trust's Pedro Point Headlands website has complete information on the property, the restoration project, trails, and volunteering.


GGNRA Dog Mgmt Public Meeting Mar 22

The Proposed Rule for Dog Management in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is open for public comment until April 25, 2016. [UPDATE: comment period extended to May 25) The proposed rule would designate where and how people would be able to enjoy the park with their dogs.  Rancho Corral de Tierra trail map is here. Review the Plan and find out more here.

There will be a public meeting to learn more, ask questions, speak individually with park staff as well as briefly to the assembled group:

          March 22, 6:00-8:00PM
          Farallone View School, 1100 Le Conte, Montara.

Comments may be submitted via letter to Superintendent, GGNRA, Attn: Dog Management Proposed Rule, Building 201 Fort Mason, SF, CA 94123. Tips for submitting an effective comment are here.