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 

The County is developing a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. 
Project planner is James Hinkamp
Transportation Alternatives, draft report April 2015
      Public Workshop April 15 - commentsgroup statement
      Briefing to MCC April 8 - presentation - video @32 min - minutes
Buildout Analysis & Traffic Projections Report, Dec 2014
      Comments from Committee for Green Foothills
Related studies & projects: Hwy 1 Issues Page.


Midcoast Highway 1 Crossings, Medians, Left Turn Lanes
Preliminary Planning Study - attachments
Design alternatives summary
MCC comments 4/28/15
Community Workshop March 11 - video.
More info & earlier comments:  MCC Highway 1 Issues Page.


Montara Coast - Public Access & Views

Private encroachments into the 7th St right-of-way diminish public coastal access & views.  Online petition - personal comments.
On Feb 25 the Planning Commission approved 7th St fence removal & new encroaching fence.
New encroaching fence appealed to Board of Supervisors by Montara resident. April 28 hearing postponed


Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations. Project planner is Summer Burlison,
Preferred Plan & Policy Framework -- Miss the April workshop? Review the presentation boards here and share your ideas.
Project website  --  MCC Princeton Issues Page


 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 PresentationVideoLetter of Decision.
Existing aerial view vs project simulation
Group Appeal to Board of Supervisors was filed Jan 29.
Tentative hearing date May 19


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.

 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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Public Reception for Coastal Commission Nov. 12

County of San Mateo will host a public reception for the California Coastal Commission during their November meeting being held in Princeton. 

Wednesday, November 12, 6:00 PM (or upon conclusion of the day’s agenda)
Half Moon Bay Yacht Club, 214 Princeton Ave, Princeton
Light Hors d’oeuvres, No Host Bar

This is a social event for the Commission and the public.  No lobbying, distribution of materials, signage, or other communication about Commission business should occur at the event.  Because space is limited, attendance will be allowed on a first come/first served basis. If you wish to attend or want more information, please call to RSVP at 650-363-4568.  


'Connect the Coastside' Public Workshop Nov. 10

Learn about the development of the Coastside’s Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan, and share ideas about how to best manage growth and meet our transportation needs in the future.  

Monday, November 10, 6:30-8:30 PM,
Half Moon Bay Brewing Co, Princeton

Buildout Analysis & Traffic Projections Draft Report
Project website.


MCC Meeting October 22, 7pm


Surfers' Beach Shoreline Protection Device - presentation

Connect the Coastside - presentation
(Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan)
   Initial MCC comments by TAC rep 10/12/14
   Project website

Consent agenda: Minutes for 10/8/14

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


Harbor West Trail, 3-Year Emergency

The Harbor District claims a beach nourishment solution cannot be considered for Pillar Point Harbor’s eroded West Shoreline (Mavericks) Trail due to the urgency and lack of any concurrent dredging project.  The only good news is the Phase 1 project has been scaled back from 300 feet of armoring to the more limited culvert area.

The condition of the trail became urgent in 2011 when it was partially closed off at the eroded culvert.  There was no effort to get permits to repair the trail and protect the 300 feet of eroded shoreline in 2012 and 2013 while the Harbor District was obtaining urgency permits to do maintenance dredging of the boat launch ramps.  At CCC staff site visit in January 2012 for the dredging project, the West Trail was not visited or mentioned.  The only District proposal for dredge disposal was upland on Perched Beach which furthers their plans for bulkhead/fill/development for that area.

Launch ramp dredging didn’t need to be an urgency permit situation -- it has been a regular maintenance item since the 1990’s.  By leaving the easily foreseeable task until it became urgent, the District was able to coerce the permitting authority to give permission to dispose of the dredged material on Perched Beach. 

Even with that District goal accomplished in mid 2013, and full knowledge of how long and complex the permitting process is, the West Trail culvert permit application was not submitted till a year later, with the note that the project must proceed ASAP regardless of wet weather construction impacts this winter (that could so easily have been avoided with pro-active planning).

There is still hope for beach nourishment, instead of hard armoring, to protect and enhance the West Shoreline Trail, but the Harbor District needs to expedite Phase 2 planning and permitting before we face an expanded emergency.

Prior post (2013) with background on the trail and erosion.
8/28/14 Coastal Commission letter re incomplete permit application
10/7/14 reply by Harbor District's engineering firm.



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.


MCC Meeting October 8, 7pm

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

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


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.


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


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


MCC Sept 24, 2014, Meeting Canceled

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