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.

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Focus Topics 

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 diminish this coastal access.  Online petition.

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Big Wave Project North Parcel Alternative, a major development for agricultural land and wetlands west of HMB Airport, was approved by the SMC Planning Commission 4-1 on Jan 14.  MCC commentsStaff PresentationVideo, Letter of Decision.
Group Appeal to Board of Supervisors was filed Jan 29.

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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 9/10/13 letter.
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Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.

Phase 4, Draft Preferred Alternative Plan coming in March.
Phase 3, Alternatives Workbook, Sept 2014
   MCC 10/8/14 comments - presentation
Project website  --  MCC Princeton Issues Page

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Connect the Coastside is a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) that will identify programs and improvements along Hwy 1 & 92 to accommodate future transportation needs.    
Development & Evaluation of Alternatives coming in April.
Buildout Analysis & Traffic Projections Report Nov 2014
Related studies & projects: Hwy 1 Issues Page.
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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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Friday
Oct102014

SamTrans Seeks Coastsider for Board of Directors 

A Coastside resident is needed to fill a vacant seat on SamTrans (San Mateo County Transit District) Board of Directors for a term ending Dec. 2018. The Board sets policy for the District and consists of two members of the County Board of Supervisors, one member who is a transportation expert, three members from city councils, and three members of the general public. 

Applicants for this seat must live on the Coastside and cannot be an elected official nor have served as one in the last year. Regular meetings are held at 2 pm on the first Wednesday of each month in San Carlos. Application deadline is Nov. 3.  More info and application for download here.

Friday
Oct032014

MCC Meeting October 8, 7pm

AGENDA
Plan Princeton Alternatives - Discussion and evaluation of proposed Princeton land use alternatives. MCC comments (approved)  --  presentation

Background:
2013 Presentation re Harbor Shoreline Erosion 
2012 MCC letter re Princeton shoreline erosion
2010 MPRC report on Princeton section of Coastal Trail
2009 MCC letter re outdated M-1 industrial zoning
2003 Princeton Shoreline Improvement Project

Consent agenda: Minutes of 9/10/14 and 9/22/14

Location: GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada

Wednesday
Oct012014

Harbor West Shoreline Trail Meeting Oct. 4

San Mateo County Harbor District will hold a Public Update Meeting on Pillar Point Harbor West (Mavericks) Trail Improvement Project:
Phase 1 – urgency culvert repair (urgent since 2011)
Phase 2 – trail, restroom, parking lot improvements

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 11AM – 1PM
Comfort Inn, Harbor Room, 2930 Cabrillo Hwy, HMB

Prior post (2013) with background on the trail and erosion.

Thursday
Sep252014

Plan Princeton Public Workshop October 2

San Mateo County has released the third major document in the planning process to revitalize Princeton. The Alternatives Workbook presents background on the planning process, an overview of guiding principles, and a description, comparison, and analysis of each of the alternative concepts.  Following public review of the alternatives presented in the report, a Preferred Plan will be developed, incorporating public input.

Public Workshop: October 2, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Oceano Hotel Ballroom, 280 Capistrano Rd, Princeton

Project website  --  MCC Princeton Issues Page

Wednesday
Sep242014

La Costanera Restaurant Daytime Hours Denied

Long pending Use Permit (UP) Amendment for the Montara Beach dinner restaurant, La Costanera, to expand to daytime hours was denied today by the County Planning Commission 5-0.   (staff report)

In addition to the impact on local parking for beach access, Commissioners expressed concern at the years of unaddressed Code Violations at this Montara Beach business. County staff said that was because the UP Amendment has been pending since 2006 and the plan was to address the violations via conditions of approval.  Now that there is no longer any UP Amendment pending, County staff assured the Commission that the many UP and building violations will be addressed via their Code Compliance section.

MCC 9/22/14 comments with attached web quotesphotos
MCC previous comments on this issue: 3/12/14 and 12/12/12
Comments from others: Committee for Green FoothillsSurfrider San Mateo CountyDeborah Lardie

Sunday
Sep212014

MCC Sept 24, 2014, Meeting Canceled

The regular meeting of the Midcoast Community Council for Wednesday, September 24, 2014, has been canceled.

Thursday
Sep182014

MCC Special Meeting Monday, Sept 22, 7pm

AGENDA - MCC holds this special meeting due to the necessity to submit comments to the Planning Commission in advance of their Sept 24 meeting, following release of the staff report on Sept 18.

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.

MCC 9/22/14 comments [approved] with attached web quotes, photos
MCC previous comments on this issue: 3/12/14 and 12/12/12

Comment to the Planning Commission can be emailed to: planning-commission@smcgov.org

Location: GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada
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Sunday
Sep142014

Big Wave Project Update

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. 

Saturday
Sep132014

Housing Element Community Workshop Sept 17

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

Thursday
Sep112014

LAFCo Considers Grand Jury Report on Harbor District Sept. 17

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.