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La Costanera Restaurant (PLN2006-00494) Use Permit Amendment, Revised Initial Study & Negative Declaration, Design Review Permit, Planned Agricultural District Permit, and Grading Permit to:
-Expand restaurant hours to daytime on Fridays and weekends
-Legalize exterior building improvements (lighting, patios)
-Formalize and improve adjacent State Parks beach parking lot.
Coastal Development Permit (CDP) for this project is directly under the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission (CCC) and will be reviewed separately by them. County Use Permit Amendment, if approved by the Planning Commission, will not go into effect until and unless the CCC approves an amended CDP that was originally issued by them in 1977, which limited restaurant hours to after 5pm to provide for adequate parking via shared beach parking.
Comment to the Planning Commission can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
DPW (County Dept of Public Works) submitted Sept 9 comments on BW North Parcel Alternative requiring the condition that mitigation measure at Highway 1 and Cypress (signal or roundabout) be approved and coordinated with Caltrans, and constructed by the applicant prior to issuance of building permit at no cost to the County.
CDRC (Coastside Design Review Committee) considered the project again on Sept 11 (continued from July 10), but continued to be frustrated with the lack of design detail of what they termed a “moving target”. Project Engineer Scott Holmes agreed that the project has not yet been designed by an architect.
CDRC members went so far as to sketch some ideas to demonstrate how the building and parking layout could be designed to take advantage of the unique assets of the site such as views for the occupants, improved pedestrian circulation and outdoor spaces for residents and other building occupants, and to attempt to bring the development more into line with existing community character (small scale eclectic).
Leaving architectural design until after the project is approved, as the developer proposed to do, is problematic because the major subdivision creates separate parcels of the footprints of the commercial buildings in their existing size, shape, orientation, and location, which could not be changed after the project is approved.
CDRC continued the item until date uncertain.
Tentative new schedule:
Coastside Design Review Committee: Oct 9 at HMB Yacht Club
Planning Commission hearing Nov 12, 5pm, on Coastside (venue to be determined)
The Housing Element of San Mateo County’s General Plan is being updated and you are invited to share your ideas. (Housing Element FAQ's & Public Comment Survey)
What kind of housing is needed?
Where should new housing be located?
What can be done to make housing more affordable and accessible for all?
Community Workshop (flyer)
September 17, 2014, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
504 Avenue Alhambra, third floor, El Granada
San Mateo County 2014 Civil Grand Jury Report recommended dissolution of the SMC Harbor District. The Harbor District’s written response to the report was based on the majority Board opinion and disagreed with most of the report’s findings.
San Mateo County LAFCo (Local Agency Formation Commission) is also required to respond to the Grand Jury Report, which they will take up at their September 17, 2014, meeting. The recommended [approved] LAFCo response, from Executive Officer Martha Poyatos, agrees with many or most of the report’s findings and agrees to the recommendation that LAFCo initiate a service review of the Harbor District by year-end. The response recommends that any application for dissolution of the Harbor District be deferred until the municipal service review is completed.
League of Women Voters (LWV) will moderate the forums, asking questions submitted in writing by the public at the meeting. LWV asks that people refrain from displaying political literature or signs in the meeting.
Candidate Forums will be video-recorded by Pacific Coast TV (PCT, local cable channel 27), and broadcast periodically until Election Day, November 4. Video also available on YouTube.
Desired Outcome: Council will provide feedback on any key items missed, any concerns with the concepts, and whether the alternatives are responsive to the Princeton Community Visioning and Existing Conditions Reports. (initial comments by MCC rep on Steering Committee)
Please note: October 2 Community Workshop will be the best venue to provide personal preferences and opinions on the alternatives.
Thursday, October 2, 6:30-8:30 PM at Oceano Hotel, Capistrano Rd, Princeton
Consent agenda: Minutes for August 27, 2014
MCC 8/27/14 comment letter
Video of 8/27 MCC presentation/discussion of comment letter
Submit comments to: Camille Leung, Project Planner, email@example.com
Project environmental documents (County page)
MCC issues page on Big Wave Project
The Addendum to the 2010 Big Wave Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was available for 30-day public review and comment July 31 – September 2. Public comment on the project may be submitted up until the Planning Commission decision hearing, but comments received after the September 2 deadline will not be included in the County’s written Response to Comments.
A "Green Streets" improvement project is getting underway on the east side of Carlos St. in the Moss Beach Post Office block. Construction is scheduled for September through November 2014. The project involves construction of bioretention swales, parking, bicycle, and pedestrian safety improvements. Planning Commission staff report includes detailed design plans to see what the project will look like, and photos that explain where the area stormwater flows. The motivation for the project is to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff before they reach the Marine Reserve. Learn more in the Fitzgerald ASBS Pollution Prevention 2014 Summer Newsletter.
Big Wave North Parcel Alternative (NPA)
MCC comments (approved)
See "Focus Topics" in right column for more info and links on these topics.