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 

Quarry Park Master Plan
(includes Mirada Surf -- park map)
Get involved in developing this document that will guide park improvements over the next 20 years.
Take the online survey.
Community meetings:  July 25, Oct 3
Tuesday at 7pm at El Granada School.

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Coastside Design Review Committee openings:  Applications being accepted for appointment to CDRC which meets in El Granada at 1:30pm on the second Thurs of the month. CDRC reviews new Midcoast residential building plans for compliance with Design Review standards. Openings for community reps and for architect or landscape architect -- application deadline 8/4/17.

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SMC Parks Dog Management Committee is developing dog-management policy updates for County Parks.
Meetings are open to the public:
Rm 402, 455 County Center, 4th floor, RWC
2pm: July 17, Aug 21

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Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals
--promoted by CaltransFHWAAARP, and
Midcoast Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study
--MCC letters May & April 2016

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Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) is being developed to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. 

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Plan Half Moon Bay
HMB General Plan & Local Coastal Program Update are ongoing. Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved. HMB Planning Commission Workshop on Coastal Access (including trails, parking, transit) June 27, 2017, 7pm, Emergency Operations Center, Shoreline Station.

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Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen expects to submit development plans to the County by end June 2017 for the 11-acre north Moss Beach affordable housing site. First step in County public process will be Pre-Application Workshop.

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Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations began in 2013. Draft plan for public review: summer 2017.

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Wednesday
Apr052017

Draft Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment Apr 2017

San Mateo County Draft Sea Level Rise (SLR) Vulnerability Assessment is now available for review and comment by May 15, 2017. The document will guide the County and its cities in understanding and preparing for sea level rise.  Specifically, the report includes an analysis of which assets and communities are at risk from different amounts of sea level rise. Detailed case studies include Mirada Rd, Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Hwy 1 at Surfers’ Beach, Coastal Trail from Kelly to Seymour, SAM Wastewater Treatment Plant, Linda Mar Pacifica State Beach.

Full report and upcoming events here.
Public workshop: 4/29/2017, 10:30am – 12:30pm,
     Ted Adcock Community Center, HMB (RSVP)
Submit comments online (Survey Monkey

Next steps include preparing a county SLR policy with guidance for addressing SLR in County projects, developing an adaptation strategy for unincorporated areas, and implementing pilot projects.

[This article was updated to show comment deadline extension to May 15, 2017.] 

Wednesday
Apr052017

Harbor District 5-Yr Capital Improvement Plan Apr 5 Workshop

April 5, 2017,  6:30 PM, Harbor District Conference Room,
504 Ave Alhambra, second floor, El Granada.
Public discussion regarding proposed capital improvement projects at Pillar Point Harbor over the next 5 years:
slide presentation

Thursday
Mar302017

County Denies Request for Commercial Zoning Update

Alarmed by recent large hotel proposals for Montara, the MCC held two well-attended meetings in March to discuss the extremely limited development standards in the C-1 zoning ordinance for Midcoast neighborhood commercial districts that can lead to this type of oversize development insensitive to community character.  MCC 3/22/17 letter & slide presentation to Supervisor Horsley and Community Development Director Steve Monowitz urged their support for an updated Neighborhood Commercial ordinance specific for the Midcoast.

The 3/29/17 County reply details the reasons for denying the MCC request, basically that existing standards adequately protect community character and that the Planning Dept is too busy the next few years with other long-range projects.

Instead of development standards that clearly and simply guide appropriate development that preserves our unique coastal small town character, we are left with long and contentious permit approval cycles and appeals with uncertain results.

Montara 13-unit hotel plans - MCC comments - CCC staff comments

Thursday
Mar302017

Donuts with Don Apr 4

Supervisor Don Horsley Coastside Office Hours: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 AM at Moss Beach Sheriff Substation
Come share any questions or comments you have.
Contact Elizabeth Dallman for details: 650-599-1016 or edallman@smcgov.org

Wednesday
Mar292017

Midcoast Residential Growth Rate 2014-2016

Building permits were issued for 34 new Midcoast dwelling units in 2016, up from 21 in 2015, and 10 in 2014.  The table has the details (town, address, parcel #, SFD= single family dwelling, building permit number, number of units, date permit issued).

The Local Coastal Program (LCP Policy 1.23) limits Midcoast residential growth rate to building permits issued for 40 dwelling units per calendar year.  This includes second units and each unit in multi-unit buildings. New units with affordability restrictions for low and moderate income can exceed the annual limit, but the growth rate average over the three-year period, that includes the year of building permit issuance and the following two years, must not exceed 40 units/year. 

Visitor-serving uses such as hotels are not considered dwelling units and are not subject to the growth rate limit.

Friday
Mar172017

MCC Meeting Mar 22, 2017

AGENDA for March 22, 2017, 7:00pm at GCSD
           504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Supporting documents:
Devil's Slide Ride handoutwebsite

Neighborhood Commercial C-1 Zoning:
MCC LETTER - slide presentation
C-1 zoning ordinance - S-3 combining district
CCR Coastside Commercial Recreation
C-1/WMP ordinance (specific for West Menlo Park)

Consent:  Minutes for March 8, 2017
Hotel application, 7th St, Montara, 13-unit, 3-story (PRE2017-00002) - 
MCC COMMENTS - hotel plans - CCC staff comments

UPDATE: 3/22/17 meeting Video & Minutes
             3/29/17 County reply to MCC request for C-1 zoning update 

Thursday
Mar162017

Short-Term Rental Ordinance at Planning Commission Mar 22

SMC Planning Commission will consider approval of a short-term rental ordinance at their March 22, 2017, meeting (AgendaStaff Report). A short-term rental is one where all or part of a residence is rented for less than 30 consecutive days. The Board of Supervisors will need to adopt, and the Coastal Commission certify the ordinance before it can go into effect.
Draft Ordinance -- Background

UPDATE 3/22/17: Planning Commission directed staff to review additional public comments submitted during the meeting, and to incorporate any additional changes they see fitting in advance of the presentation to the Board of Supervisors, which is expected in May.

Wednesday
Mar152017

HMB Coastal Trail Erosion Assessment & Trail Retreat Design

Half Moon Bay City Council heard a presentation on 3/7/2017 by Nichols Consulting Engineers (NCE) on the Coastal Trail from Kelly to Poplar, followed by discussion (video). NCE has concluded that a substantial amount of erosion in the area is related to stormwater pooling and runoff which is intensified by soil compaction by users on the bluff. The Council will take up the issue again within 60 days to discuss potential next steps.

HMB Coastal Trail Existing Conditions & Trail Planning presentation
Seymour Ditch Preliminary Field Observations presentation 

Wednesday
Mar152017

First Flush Water Quality Results 2016

Water quality results are in for 2016 stormwater runoff in the Midcoast and HMB.  Stormwater runoff carries pollutants that have built up across the landscape into creeks, storm drains, and the ocean. First Flush is a program of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary that monitors runoff from the first significant storm of the season which flushes accumulated pollutants from sources such as brake dust, car emissions, animal waste, detergents, pesticides and fertilizers, and many chemicals found around homes and businesses.  San Mateo County Resource Conservation District, with local partners and volunteers, conducts the program in coastal San Mateo County.

Tuesday
Mar142017

Sea Level Rise Webinar Mar 23, 2017

Finding Common Ground: Communicating about Sea Level Rise
Thurs, March 23, 2017, from 12 noon to 1 PM - register

The Sustainability Academy's webinars (view schedule) provide participants with general knowledge and practical skills for conserving resources in your home and work and promoting sustainability in your communities. This no-cost educational program is made available through the County of San Mateo.