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 

November 2016 Elections for MCC
3 seats for 4-year term - 1 seat for 2-year term
Candidate filing period July 18 – Aug 12 by 5pm
Must be resident and registered voter in unincorporated
     Montara, Moss Beach, Princeton, El Granada, or Miramar.
More Info: County Elections or contact a councilmember


Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals
--promoted by Caltrans, FHWA, AARP, and
Midcoast Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study
--MCC letters May 11 & April 13


Short-Term Rental Ordinance where all or part of a residence is rented for less than 30 consecutive days.
Public comment on revised draft ordinance due July 29.
MCC will discuss at July 13 and 27 meetings.


Affordable Housing 
This summer MidPen will hold two Open Houses to review concept site designs for the 11-acre north Moss Beach affordable housing site.
Jul 11 & Aug 18, drop by anytime 3-8pm, Farallone View School.
MidPen Moss Beach website  -  Supervisor Don Horsley 6/1/16


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


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.  May 25 staff report & MCC presentation.  June 8 MCC comments


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 Aug 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.


















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Supervisor Don Horsley on Affordable Housing

by Supervisor Don Horsley, reprinted from HMB Review 6/1/2016:

For the last few months I have been asked to comment on the proposed sale of a Moss Beach parcel, owned by the California School Employees Association, to MidPen Housing, and any subsequent potential development by MidPen of that site. I have been told repeatedly that more affordable housing is vital so local employers can recruit and retain Midcoast employees. I have also been asked to pre-emptively rezone this specific parcel so it can never be used for housing.

I have been asked by individuals how they can get on a list to live there while others insist that housing for these people should be in Half Moon Bay. I have been told there are no jobs in the vicinity of the parcel, while at the same time being informed that there are 1,364 jobs on the Midcoast, with 964 of the jobs paying low wages of $40,000 or less.

The reality of the housing crisis that we face shows up in the headlines throughout the Bay Area, in San Mateo County, and on our Coastside. Homeowners who bought their houses years ago are considered lucky. Current high-income homebuyers can also afford to live here — if they stretch.

Regular folks are finding it harder to make ends meet, homeownership is out of reach, affordable rentals are rare, and rents are skyrocketing and unpredictable. We have to accept that it is unlikely that our kids will be able to afford to live in the communities in which they grew up. Cabrillo Unified School District reports that new teachers try to find a room to rent as that is all their salary allows if they want to be close to their school. In some cases, teachers accept jobs, look for housing locally, and then come back and turn the jobs down.

So what do we do to address this very real problem?

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HMB Coastal Plan meetings Jun 2 & 30, 2016

Half Moon Bay’s General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) will be holding two public meetings in June to review the following chapters of the draft Land Use Plan:
Thurs, June 2: Introduction, Land Use and Coastal Access
Thurs, June 30: Coastal Resources and Coastal Hazards
GPAC meetings are from 6:30-9pm at the Emergency Operations Center, 537 Kelly Ave, HMB.

The 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.  Plan Half Moon Bay website – Public review draft HMB Land Use Plan.


National Trails Day at Rancho June 4

Trail restoration project at Rancho Corral de Tierra needs about 30 volunteers on Saturday, June 4, 2016.  Meet at Coral Reef  ~10am.  Start off with coffee/snacks and stretching, then a few hours of trail work, then wrap up with lunch around 1pm. Learn more and sign up here.


MCC Meeting May 25, 2016

AGENDA for May 25, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Supporting documents:
Subdivision Regulations: staff report - presentation - webpage
Cypress Roundabout: Wallwork analysis - websitepresentation
Preservation of public coastal views from Highway 1:
      MCC letter (approved) - Online citizen petition
Consent items:  Minutes of May 11, 2016
      Letter requesting clarification of tsunami evacuation signs/route

UPDATE: 5/25/16 meeting Minutes - Video


Coastside Sea Rise & Erosion Forum May 24

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 6:00pm (program starts at 6:30pm)
Douglas Beach House, 311 Mirada Rd, Miramar
Agenda & speaker bio-notes
      Dan Hoover, Oceanographer, USGS - presentation
      James Zoulas, Civil Engineer, USACE - presentation
      Bob Battalio, Engineer, ESA - presentation
Meeting Video - More info on local shoreline erosion issues


MCC Meeting May 11, 2016

AGENDA for May 11, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Supporting documents:

Resource Conservation District (RCD) presentation - website

Cypress Roundabout Feasibility: MCC letter (approved) - MCC fund balance
     Roundabouts, a safer choice: FHWA - AARP - Caltrans
     Mar 2016 Sandis feasibility study for Big Wave
     2015 DKS for CTMP (roundabout & signal cost estimates)
     2014 Hexagon traffic study for Big Wave (Exec Summary)
     2011 Nelson-Nygaard roundabout for Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study

Consent agenda:   Minutes for April 13, 2016
Preservation of public ocean views from Highway 1 (continued to May 25).
Letter in support of coordinated effort to eradicate invasive
     jubata/pampas grass in the Midcoast. [Replies from NPS, GCSD]
Letter of support for Coastside Beach Shuttle grant application

UPDATE:  5/11/16 meeting Video - Minutes



La Costanera Coastal Act Violations Elevated to State Enforcement Level

Entrenched lack of code compliance by La Costanera restaurant seems to have halted their attempts to legalize unpermitted outdoor patios and daytime hours for the after-5pm “dinner house”.  Both these goals conflict with the original 1977 restaurant permit which depends on a shared public beach parking arrangement due to inadequate private parking for the capacity of the restaurant.

On April 25 the Coastal Commission issued a “Notice of Intent to Commence Cease and Desist Order and Administrative Civil Penalties Proceedings” against the property owner, Amidi Group, for long-standing and repeated violations of the coastal access provisions of the Coastal Act due to unpermitted development and non-compliance with the terms of their Coastal Development Permit. 

On April 26 the Board of Supervisors considered an appeal of the Planning Commission denial of Use Permit amendment to allow use of the patios. The Board chose to delay their decision for six months to see if the restaurant could address all outstanding violations (exterior paint and drainage issues) and not add any new ones during that time (no patio use or daytime events). HMB Review articleMore background


Midcoast Parks Forum Apr 27, 2016

AGENDA  -  Video
Presentations: County Parks - GGNRA
4/20/16 HMB Review news article


MCC Meeting Apr 13, 2016

Agenda for April 13, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Devil's Slide Ride handout.  Sister Cities presentation

Connect the Coastside (Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan):
MCC comments (approved) - presentation
Report - Appendices - background

Portola Trail Committee

Consent agenda:
Minutes for March 23, 2016
Comments to Board of Supervisors in support of Planning Commission denial of Use Permit amendment to legalize use of La Costanera restaurant outdoor patios (PLN2015-00297) - background

UPDATE:  4/13/16 meeting Video  --  Minutes 


Pilot Surfers' Beach Sand Replenishment Project

Although the Army Corps has not yet formally announced the results of their 2009-2015 analyses of methods to mitigate increased coastal erosion caused by Pillar Point Harbor east breakwater, it is clear they won’t be recommending a federally funded project due to inadequate cost/benefit ratio.  This table summarizes the design measures analyzed and conclusions of their 2015 Coastal Engineering Appendix. Their preferred alternative was to move 150,000 cubic yards of harbor dredged material to Surfers' Beach and southward to the Miramar revetment (figure).

In 2015 the Harbor District initiated a Pilot Surfers’ Beach Sand Replenishment Project as a reduced (half) scale of the Army Corps preferred alternative. The pilot project involves a one-time placement of 75,000 cubic yards of upland sand from inside the breakwater onto Surfers’ Beach above the mean high water line (80-140 ft width available) and thus not in the Marine Sanctuary. (slide presentation)

The District is seeking grant funding from CA Div of Boating & Waterways with the goal of construction in spring/summer 2017, over 4-6 weeks, then monitoring for two years. If the monitoring program finds that the project is effective and does not cause unacceptable environmental impacts, then a larger beach nourishment project would be pursued in the future. 

Current federal regulations do not allow placement of dredged material in the Marine Sanctuary, but their Management Plan is under review and updates are expected in 3-5 years that could allow for permitting larger-scale beach nourishment using a harbor dredge source (Marine Sanctuary letter of support and minutes of Beach Replenishment Committee meeting May 2015).

More info and documents about Surfers’ Beach Erosion here.