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.   

Candidate Forums

SMC Harbor Commission 4-year term, 2-year term - VIDEO
Broadcast on Channel 27, 9/13 @10AM, 9/15 @12noon

Coastside Fire District Board, October 7, Tuesday, 7pm
GCSD meeting room, 504 Alhambra, third floor, El Granada
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Focus Topics 

Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.

Phase 1, Community Visioning Report, Oct 2013
Phase 2, Existing Conditions Report, May 2014
Phase 3, Conceptual Alternatives Evaluation:
   Presentation (video at 24:44) at MCC Sept 10 of
   Draft Alternatives Workbook
   Community Workshop Oct 2, 6:30-8:30 PM, Oceano Hotel

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Big Wave Project is back with a North Parcel Alternative

Major subdivision and development proposed for 15 acres of agricultural land and wetlands west of HMB Airport.
     5-bldg business park – 189,000 s/f
     4-bldg residential Wellness Center – 90,000 s/f
     Parking for 554 cars (incl. 92 for public beach use)
     15-yr Development Agreement with County
Big Wave Issues Page

Permit processing schedule:
Jul 31 - Sept 2: Environmental document public comment period
Aug 13: Informational at Planning Commission (staff report)  &
    MCC: presentation/video.   8/27 MCC commentsvideo
Coastside Design Review Committee: continued Jul 7, Sep 11
Planning Commission evening hearing on Coastside date to be determined

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Connect the Coastside is a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan that will identify programs and improvements along Hwy 1 & 92 to accommodate the Coastside’s future transportation needs as it grows toward build-out. The technical study will coincide with broad public outreach to ensure that the final Plan reflects the unique character and vision of local residents and businesses. The online Virtual Workshop is open for your ideas.

The Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan 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 mid-2015. Scope of work and timeline.
Related studies & projects: Hwy 1 Issues Page.

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Pillar Point Harbor Priorities

County Harbor District is developing a Strategic Business Plan.
VIDEO of 7/10/14 kick-off meeting.
MCC overview presentation & initial comments on priorities.
2014 Grand Jury Report recommends dissolution of Harbor District,
        District reponse.  LAFCo recommended response
Harbor/Shoreline Issues Page

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Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan Update

The ALUCP affects future land uses and development surrounding the HMB airport. Land use policies address height of structures for airspace protection, aircraft noise impacts, and safety compatibility criteria near the ends of the runway.  FAQ's  -  Draft Final ALUCP revised 8/8/14, with response to comments.

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Montara Coast - Public Access & Views
Most of Montara’s spectacular rocky shoreline is only visible to the public from the ends of county streets west of Highway 1. Private encroachments into the public right-of-way are diminishing this coastal access.  Online petition to Board of Supervisors has over 400 signatures.

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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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Wednesday
Aug132014

Have You Ever Been to Martin's Beach?

If so, please help restore access to it by completing the Coastal Commission survey.  This information is being gathered to determine whether “prescriptive rights” exist on this property by asking anyone who has been to Martin’s Beach to document their use. Prescriptive rights provide that if it can be documented that members of the public have been using private land as if it were public land over a period of at least five years, the right to continued public access may be established.

Surveys should be printed, signed, and either faxed, emailed, or mailed to the Coastal Commission at:
     Fax: 415-904-5400
     Email: martinsbeachPRS@coastal.ca.gov
     CA Coastal Commission, Attn: Peter Allen
     45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000
     San Francisco, CA 94105-2219

Tuesday
Aug052014

Big Wave North Parcel Alternative Environmental Review

An Addendum to the 2010 Big Wave Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is available for 30-day public review and comment ending September 2. Digital copies are available on the County website, and hard copies are located at HMB Library and Granada Sanitary District office, 504 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada.

At a MCC special-venue meeting August 13, the county project planner will provide an overview presentation of the Big Wave North Parcel Alternative and the EIR Addendum.  The project applicant will be available to answer questions. 

Wednesday, August 13, 7:00 pm  (flyer - AGENDA)
Pillar Ridge Community Center, 164 Culebra, Moss Beach
Access from Airport St & continue west to parking lot  >>Please carpool<<

A Planning Commission hearing to consider approval of this project is tentatively scheduled for October 22 on the Coastside.  Public comment on the project may be submitted to the Planning Commission until their final hearing, but comments received after the Sept 2 deadline for comment on the EIR Addendum will not be included in the County's written response to comments. 

Contact person: Camille Leung, Project Planner, cleung@smcgov.org

Monday
Aug042014

Unofficial ‘No Parking’ Signs Carry No Legal Weight

Only the County Department of Public Works (DPW) may post signs that have any legal authority to limit or prohibit parking along County streets and rights of way.  DPW does not post official signs on private fences.

While there is no legal statute that prohibits a property owner from posting a sign on their property, they have no authority to remove a vehicle from public property or public right-of-way access.  If a property owner actually had a vehicle towed from property that is not owned by them, the vehicle owner could sue for any costs or damage to their vehicle. 

The public can safely ignore this unofficial sign posted on a private fence on West Point Ave in industrial Princeton at a popular beach access destination.

Friday
Aug012014

Civics 101: Learn about your local government

Civics 101 Is a free County program that provides participants an in-depth and comprehensive look at the array of County programs and services and the ability to see first-hand how tax dollars are spent locally.

Tuesdays, Sept 16 to Nov 18, from 6 to 8:30 pm
Two Saturday field trips are also planned.

The program is open to anyone 18 years or older who lives or works in San Mateo County. Many participants go on to serve on County Boards and Commissions.

Deadline to sign up is Sept 5.  More info here

Thursday
Jul242014

Midcoast Hwy 1 Community Workshop July 31

MCC will hold a special meeting on the status of design planning for Midcoast Highway 1 pedestrian crossings, raised medians, and left turn lanes. (AGENDAflyer)

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
SPECIAL VENUE: Cypress Meadows, 343 Cypress, Moss Beach

Project consultants will update the communty (presentation) on their direction and progress resulting from feedback received at the June 18 Highway 1 meeting, with opportunity to get your questions answered. 

More info on County page and MCC Highway 1 page.
How did we get here? (institutional memory for the path forward)

Wednesday
Jul232014

Grand Jury Recommends Harbor District Be Dissolved

San Mateo County Harbor District 2014 Civil Grand Jury Report - What is the price of dysfunction?

There have been repeated recommendations and efforts to dissolve the Harbor District since the 1960's.  Voters approved dissolution in 1966 only to have the decision overturned by the courts on a technicality in 1969.

In 1991, in response to two consecutive years of Grand Jury recommendations for District dissolution, a county staff analysis estimated $670,000 (in 1991 dollars) could be saved in the first year if the County took over operation of the District’s two marinas.  It was estimated after year 2003, $1.5 million in property tax revenue would be available for other purposes annually.

Here is a summary of 1991 County Counsel memo regarding some issues involved in dissolution of the Harbor District.

Property Tax Revenue
If the Harbor District were dissolved, the property tax revenue now received by the District would be transferred to its successor agency.  The Board of Supervisors could determine that all taxes now received by the District should go to the County as successor agency.

Outstanding District Loans
With prior approval by the lender, the County could assume these loans upon approval of the Board of Supervisors and LAFCo.

Joint Powers Agreement for management of Oyster Point Marina
The Agreement between the District and South San Francisco is intended to be binding upon its successors until it expires in 2026.  It may be terminated or modified at any time by agreement of both parties.

Court ruling overturning 1966 dissolution
The cause of the court ruling that overturned the 1966 election on dissolution of the Harbor District was a technicality that would not occur today (Government Code 56336).

Recent articles on Grand Jury Report - HMB Review 7/17/14, Daily Journal 7/10/14

Friday
Jul182014

MCC Meeting July 23, 7pm

AGENDA

HMB Yacht Club Plan to Enhance Public Shoreline Access

Invasive Plants on the Coastside
Invasive Weeds - County pamphlet
Don't Plant a Pest - California Invasive Plant Council brochure

Consent Agenda: Minutes for 6/25/14, 7/9/14
Letter to Caltrans re 2-way left turn arrows at Sam's Restaurant
Comments to Planning Dept re addition to house on shoreline at
        115 West Point Ave, Princeton

Location: Granada Sanitary District (GSD) meeting room,
              504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada
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Wednesday
Jul162014

2014 Civil Grand Jury Reports

San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury 2014 reports include:

County Harbor District dysfunction, including a recommendation to dissolve the District.

Devil’s Slide Trail safety

Independent Special District Website transparency and access to information, with specific standards recommended for improvement.

Monday
Jul142014

MWSD Community Workshop July 24

Montara Water & Sanitary District seeks public input on a long-term strategic plan that will guide their actions for years to come.

Community Workshop – Thursday, July 24, 6pm to 8pm
Cypress Meadows, 343 Cypress, Moss Beach

How should investments be prioritized?
What service improvements would customers like to see?
What challenges and opportunities should the District focus on?
What is your long-range vision for the District and community?

Wednesday
Jul092014

Pillar Point Bluff, Beach & Reef BioBlitz July 13

Pillar Point Bluff, Beach and Reef Bio-Blitz
Sunday, July 13, 6:00AM – 12:00 noon

A Bio-Blitz is an intensive one-day study of biodiversity in a specific location, bringing scientists and citizen volunteers together.  Bring your smartphone and/or camera, your curiosity and enthusiasm.

More info and register here.