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 

Shoreline Erosion & Sea Level Rise

Coastside Sea Rise & Erosion Forum May 24
6:30pm, Douglas Beach House, 311 Mirada Rd.
Speakers: John Dingler, Army Corps
               Bob Battalio, Coastal Civil Engineer
               Dan Hoover, USGS Coastal Marine Geology Program

Surfers’ Beach: breakwater engineering analysis
                         & beach replenishment
Pacifica Sea Level Rise Forum, Mar 2016: Video & Recap
The Crumbling Coastside - HMB Review article


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

Recommended Transportation Improvements & Land Use Policies:   Draft report  -  Appendix  -  Apr 7 workshop video
Comments:  MCC - Coastal Commission - Green Foothills
Mar 23 MCC presentation - video (at 32:30) - minutes (4a)


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


Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen Housing is gathering community input regarding a potential development at the 11-acre North Moss Beach affordable housing site -- Mar 16 Open House Handout --
Citizen 4-min video overview - HMB Review article


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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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.


MCC Feb 24 Meeting Canceled

Regular MCC meeting for Feb 24, 2016, has been canceled.

Upcoming MCC agendas:
Mar 9:   (tentative) Short-term rental ordinance draft review
Mar 23: Connect the Coastside preview of Transportation Alternatives

Other March meetings:
Mar 16: MidPen Housing Community Open House
            re 11-acre affordable housing site in north Moss Beach
            6:30-9:00 PM at Farallone View School
Mar 30: Public Workshop: Connect the Coastside (venue TBD)
            Recommended Transportation Improvements & Land Use Policies
            to minimize and mitigate the impacts of growth.


CERT Training in Montara starts Mar 24

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training is offered in Montara at Farallone View Elementary School on four consecutive Thursday evenings, 6-10pm, from March 24 through April 14, 2016, with a final exercise on Saturday April 16 from 8-4.  The free classes provide 20+ hours of FEMA-designed training for citizens to assist First Responders during disasters. Class size is limited to the first 30 applicants. To register for the course, contact OES Coastside District Coordinator Nick Gottuso at 650-726-4069 or


7th St Fence Finally Removed!

Coastal blufftop access and spectacular rocky shoreline views have been restored to the public at the west end of 7th St in Montara. Since the MCC first asked in Oct 2012 for public access to the coast at 5th, Seacliff, and 7th Streets, there have been presentations, meetings, an online petition with over 400 signatures, and public hearings at the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. The fence blocking coastal views at the end of Seacliff was no problem and DPW (Dept of Public Works) removed it in June 2013 with no neighbor objections.
7th St was another story.  

Supervisor Horsley committed to getting the 7th St fence removed in summer 2013, but it has taken ever since for County staff to work out a compromise with the adjacent property owner where a prior owner had closed off the public right-of-way for private use, with an encroachment permit from DPW(!), over 40 years ago. 

To complete the transformation we hope to persuade DPW to remove the view-blocking hedge on the south side of the end of 7th St behind the bollards.

As for 5th St, a paper street leading to Montara State Beach blufftop parcels, there is currently no one at County government willing to stand up for pedestrian coastal access there, and the neighboring property owner has taken over the entire right-of-way.  See Montara Coastal Access page for more details.


CCC Fires Executive Director

Following a long and inspiring day of compelling public testimony from hundreds of attendees from all over the state in support of retaining Executive Director Charles Lester, CA Coastal Commissioners went into closed session and voted 7-5 to fire him. Commissioners with the most anti-conservation  voting record (Diaz, Howell, Mitchell, Turnbull-Sanders, Vargas, McClure, Uranga) voted to fire Lester, giving no compelling reason to do so. Commissioners with the most pro-conservation voting record (Shallenberger, Groom, chair Kinsey, vice chair Bochco, Luevano) voted to retain Lester.

Commissioner Carole Groom, who is also a San Mateo County Supervisor, spoke in open session saying Lester leads by accomplishment and that the proposal to replace him is absolutely wrong.  She also said Supervisor Don Horsley is very pleased with CCC staff that covers SMC coast and fully supports Lester. SMC Community Development Director Steve Monowitz was among the speakers at the hearing and gave a powerful endorsement of Lester.  State Senator Jerry Hill was a signer on a letter from 16 state legislators in support of Lester.

Senior deputy director Jack Ainsworth will lead the agency until a replacement director is selected.

Prior post: Stand Up for the Coastal Act
LA Times: Feb 10 - Feb 17