MCC Meetings            

Due to holidays, Nov/Dec meeting dates are:
     Nov 18 and Dec 9 only.
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 

Winter Storm Season -- Are You Prepared?
Tormentas del Invierno - ¿Estás preparado?

Vallemar Bluff
6 houses are proposed for 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop shoreline.  Pre-application workshop is Dec 9 at MCC (public notice)

Midcoast Crossings, Raised Medians, Left Turn Lanes
Chapter 6 of the Aug 2015 Final Preliminary Planning Study  describes the preferred alternatives and implementation plan.  Construction will occur in 3 phases with timing dependent on funding availability:
Phase 1 - 2017-18:  Cypress northbound acceleration lane,
               Grey Whale Cove Alt 1,  Lighthouse/16th Alt 1
Phase 2 - 2020-21: Moss Beach Virginia Alt 3 
Phase 3 - 2023-24: Montara 2nd St Alt 3

The project to develop a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92 has undergone a course correction since April 2015 to allow for additional analysis and report revisions.
Alternative Development Forecast, Oct 2015
Alternative Transportation Standards
Oct 2015 Presentation - Minutes - Comments: MCC, CGF
Highway 1 page -- Project website  

Highway 1 Parallel Trail
East-of-highway multi-use transportation trail to connect Midcoast communities to each other and to Half Moon Bay.
First segment for design/permitting is Mirada to Coronado.
Public Workshop presentation 9/23/15 on trail alignment/design.
MCC 7/22/15 letter - attachment - presentation.   Highway 1 page.

Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.
Public outreach resumes 2016.
MCC 10/28/15 comments - map - attachment
Committee for Green Foothills comments 10/29/15
Project website  --  MCC Princeton page

Pillar Point Harbor Issues

RV Park: MCC 1/28/15 letter - images.
District Priorities: MCC 7/9/14 letter - Overview Presentation.
Dredging/Beach Replenishment:
MCC letters 9/10/13 & 10/28/15.


 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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Pedro Point Headlands Meeting Sept 10

First public meeting to discuss the Pedro Point Headlands Restoration and Trail Project:

September 10, 2015, 6-8pm
Pacifica Community Center Auditorium
540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica

The meeting is hosted by the Pacifica Land Trust.  For more information, and to review the 30% design plans, see the Pedro Point Headlands website.


MCC Meeting August 26, 2015

Agenda for August 26, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Short-Term Rental Ordinance
Use Permit Amendment for use of La Costanera restaurant patios:
     --planning referral - violation letters: CCC - County
     --MCC comments (approved)
Consent agenda: Minutes for July 22, 2015


Donuts with Don/ Coffee with Kevin, Aug 21

Supervisor Don Horsley & Assemblyman Kevin Mullin Coastside Office Hours
Friday, August 21, 2015, 8:00am – 9:30am
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada


MCC August 12, 2015, Meeting Canceled


Portola Trail Proposed As National Historic Trail

The Board of Supervisors has authorized a Portola Trail Committee to support designation of the Portola Trail as a National Historic Trail and promote completion of the California Coastal Trail through San Mateo County. Designation as a National Historic Trail would bring federal resources to help complete and manage the trail.

The 250th anniversary of the Portolá Expedition is coming up in 2019.  On behalf of the King of Spain in 1769, Don Gaspar de Portolá led a land expedition from Baja California to colonize San Diego and Monterey. Not recognizing Monterey Bay, they passed it by and ended up stumbling on the sight of San Francisco Bay from Sweeney Ridge in Pacifica. The discovery led to the Spanish colonization of the San Francisco Bay region.

The trail route through San Mateo County coincides with about half of the Coastal Trail alignment, and traverses existing trails or sidewalks, and lands of POST, MPROSD, State Parks, GGNRA, and about 3 miles of private property. The 6 expedition campsites in San Mateo County could become backcountry camping destinations (i.e. hut to hut). 

Board of Supervisors 8/4/2015 staff report
Historical Society article


MCC Meeting July 22, 2015

Agenda for July 22, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Parallel Trail alignment (Mirada to Coronado):
MCC letter (approved) - attachment - slide presentation
Background: Project Scope - attachment - Hwy 1 page

Consent agenda: Minutes for July 8, 2015


Amber LED Streetlights Preferred for Midcoast

During May/June 2015, the County conducted a pilot project (prior post) to determine if residents of the Midcoast support conversion to LED streetlights, which can reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions by 60%. Two LED streetlights (one standard and one with amber chip) were installed near each Midcoast post office so residents could see their nighttime effect.  SpeakOut online forum received public comments for 40 days during May/June.  The amber light had most support.

Amber LED fixtures will replace existing sodium fixtures at comparable brightness on the same arms at the same height on existing poles. No additional lights are planned. Shields for any intrusive lights next to homes could be added afterwards, upon individual request. 

LED lighting Model ATBO-20BLEDE70-MVOLT-R2 
     specs -- amber chip -- diffusers
Lighting District Maps: Montara/Moss Beach - El Granada/Miramar
International Dark-Sky Association Guide to LED Lighting


LAFCo Hearing on Harbor District July 15

San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) will hold a public hearing on Consideration of the Municipal Service Review (MSR) and Sphere Update for the San Mateo County Harbor District:

July 15, 2015, 1:30 PM, 400 County Center, Redwood City.

Supporting documents: see Agenda Item 5.
Staff cover memo includes summary, response to comments, and the recommendation that the MSR provide a framework for the Harbor District, San Mateo County, and South San Francisco to further study improvements in the areas of finance, accountability, and transparency as well as governance alternatives, including dissolution.

News article: Options emerge to spare Harbor District, Daily Journal 7/7/15.
More info on Harbor District history and issues on MCC Harbor Page.


MCC Meeting July 8, 2015

Agenda for July 8, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Background & supporting documents:  Minutes for June 10, 2015
Considerations for Short-Term Rental Ordinance (County Counsel 5/27/15)
Overview article on Short-Term Rental Zoning


Course Correction for Connect the Coastside

The County is slowing down and adding some steps to the project to develop a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development.  On the July 7, 2015, Board of Supervisors agenda is a contract amendment with project consultants DKS Associates to extend the project term through December 2016 and increase the amount by $90,000 in order to allow for additional analysis, report revisions, and public outreach (staff report).

Widespread public concern was expressed at the April 15, 2015, public workshop. Here is a summary of comments:

  • Provide more opportunity for public discussion of project proposals.
  • Provide information for review at least a week in advance of TAC meetings and public workshops.
  • Incorporate the significant outreach and design work of the Highway 1 Safety and Mobility Study in the final plan recommendations and designs.
  • Recognize and preserve the natural, scenic and semi‐rural character of Highway 1 and SR 92. Pursue context-sensitive design.
  • Pursue land use policy concepts to limit growth to less than full buildout of all existing parcels, recognizing other constraints such as water and sewer capacity.  Do not jeopardize the unique character of the area with transportation improvements just to accommodate full buildout.
  • Reconsider the level-of-service standards used to motivate some of the elements of the transportation alternatives, particularly the LOS of road segments and stop-controlled intersections.
  • Develop recommendations that will shift travel to bus, shuttle, school bus, bicycling, or walking to reduce roadway traffic. 

Public Workshop April 15 - comments - group statement
Project website  --  MCC Highway 1 page