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 

PCE, is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider, replacing the electric generation services on your PG&E bill with 50-100% renewable energy at competitive rates.


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


Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) is being developed to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. Public review of final report is expected in June 2017.


Plan Half Moon Bay
HMB General Plan & Local Coastal Program Update are ongoing. Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved.


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



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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Countywide Stormwater Resource Plan

Draft Countywide Stormwater Resource Plan (SRP) is available for public review and comment through Jan 13, 2017. Learn more, ask questions, offer feedback:

     Public workshop Tues, Jan 10, 6:30-8:30pm
     Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Dr, Pacifica

The SRP is a comprehensive planning document that identifies and prioritizes opportunities to better utilize stormwater as a resource throughout San Mateo County. Through detailed analysis of watershed processes, surface and groundwater resources, and input from stakeholders, the SRP helps prioritize opportunities to mitigate flooding, recharge groundwater, improve water quality, and enhance our communities.


MCC Meeting Dec 14, 2016

AGENDA for December 14, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada 
Supporting documents:
County Code Compliance presentation
Dog Management Committee presentationwebpage
Midcoast County Parks plans/projects update
Midcoast Park/Rec Development Fund Annual Report
Consent: Minutes for Nov 9, 2016

UPDATE: 12/14/16 meeting video & minutes


New Granada Fire Station EIR

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the El Granada Fire Station 41 replacement project is available (here) for public review and comment from Dec 2, 2016 -- Jan 19, 2017.  The Coastside Fire Protection District will hold a public hearing to take comment on the EIR Wed, Jan 18, 6:00 pm, at the District Board Room, 1191 Main St, HMB.  (project summary)


Second Unit Ordinance Update on Fast Track

The County is fast-tracking an update to its Second Unit Ordinance in order to bring it into compliance with State law by the Jan 1, 2017, state-imposed deadline. Second units are accessory dwelling units on developed residential property, also known as in-law or granny units.  They are viewed as an important source of new housing to help deal with the county jobs/housing gap (26 new jobs for each new housing unit built). 

It is important to note that the Coastal Act and the County Local Coastal Program (LCP) supersede the State’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Law which now prohibits quotas or growth limits on second units.  In the Coastal Zone, LCP Policy 1.23 will continue to limit new Midcoast residential building permits, including second units, to 40 per year.  Policy 3.22 will continue to cap the total number of approved second units at 466 in the Coastal Zone. Coastside Design Review will continue to apply to second units because it is required in the LCP. Community Development Director Steve Monowitz gave assurance at the Nov 30 hearing that there is no intention to request amendment of those LCP policies.

County second-unit ordinance changes to comply with state law include regulations of size, setback, and parking, and require that second units meeting all zoning standards receive ministerial approval, meaning no discretion or public hearing.  The staff report is here.  Project planner is Will Gibson,, 650-363-1816.

The Planning Commission heard the item at their Nov 30 meeting and, at the request of the public in attendance and Commissioner Kersteen-Tucker, agreed to delete the proposed optional expansion of second units into open space resource management areas of the Coastal Zone.  The Commission voted 3-0 to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve the proposed ordinance as amended.  
[UPDATE: The Board of Supervisors approved the ordinance 1/10/2017.]

An amnesty program is being planned (likely for early 2017) for second units that were built without permits.


Committee to Develop County Parks Dog Mgmt Recommendations

SMC County Parks Dog Management Committee is comprised of ten community members who advise the Parks Commission as it seeks to update and clarify dog management policies in County Parks. 

In addition to recommending updates to the County ordinances and identifying potential dog recreation opportunities, the Committee is expected to outline criteria to be used in identifying parks, places or trails best suited for dog activity and parameters for specific pilot areas where dog management will be allowed and carefully monitored to determine effectiveness.  Topics of enforcement, budget, owner education, and park infrastructure will also be on the Committee’s agenda.

The monthly Committee meetings (Sept 2016 – Aug 2017) are at 2pm in Redwood City and are open to the public.  The County webpage for this issue has more info on committee members, meeting dates, location, agendas and minutes.


MCC Nov 23, 2016, Meeting Canceled


County Parks Stewardship Corps: FMR Nov 19

Let’s support this new volunteer program in our local County Parks.  The Stewardship Corps program is seeking volunteers to work on habitat restoration and beautification projects on Saturday mornings 9am-12pm.  Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is on the schedule for Nov 19, preparing an area for planting along the Dardenelle Trail.  Meet at the FMR parking lot at Nevada & North Lake, rain or shine.

Stewardship Corps workdays include hands-on service and education about native plants and animals. Volunteers work together with staff to assist in activities like invasive plant removal, planting natives and seed collection.  No experience is necessary.  Tools, training and light snacks are provided.  Fulfills community service requirements.  Registration encouraged but not required.


HMB General Plan Advisory Committee Nov 17

HMB General Plan and Local Coastal Program update processs is ongoing. Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved. General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) meetings are open to the public. 

Nov 17, 2016, 6:30pm at the Historic Train Depot,
110 Higgins Canyon Rd, HMB
Agenda:  Discussion of three newly posted General Plan Elements:
Open Space & Conservation, Safety, and Noise


MCC Meeting Nov 9, 2016

AGENDA for November 9, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada 
Supporting documents:
SMC Libraries Annual Report - Midcoast library outreach
Arbor Ln blufftop house, PLN2016-00444:
        presentation, site plan, MCC letter
Consent: Minutes for Oct 26, 2016

UPDATE: 11/9/16 meeting video & minutes


MCC Meeting Oct 26, 2016

AGENDA for October 26, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada 
Vallemar Bluff Development: MCC presentation & letter -- more info.
   Applicant presentation -- ESA erosion hazard presentation
   Public comments: Committee for Green Foothills, Stuart Weiss PhD
   ESA memo: Estimate of Accelerated Bluff Erosion due to Sea Level Rise

Capistrano Road parking bays: MCC comments approved
Consent: Minutes for Oct 12, 2016

UPDATE: 10/26/16 meeting video - minutes - HMB Review