At their December meeting the California Coastal Commission (CCC) approved Montara Water & Sanitary District’s (MWSD) Public Works Plan amendment, thus removing the restriction of no new water system connections in Montara and Moss Beach. The decades-long moratorium on new connections that MWSD inherited when they acquired the water system in 2003 is now finally over. MWSD press release. CCC staff report.
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Half Moon Bay is embarking on a multi-year planning project to update their General Plan, Local Coastal Land Use Plan, and Zoning Code. To prepare the updated plans, the City hired the consulting firm Dyett & Bhatia, the same firm currently doing the County’s Princeton Plan update. As part of this process the City will establish a General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) to which Midcoast residents were invited to apply.
HMB City Council’s 12/17/13 agenda includes appointment of the GPAC members per recommendation of the Applicant Review Subcommittee, Councilmembers Alifano and Patridge (staff report).
90-day public review comment period ends 1/15/14. [extended to 2/14/14]
The California Coastal Commission document provides recommendations for local governments, applicants, and others on how to address sea-level rise in Local Coastal Programs and Coastal Development Permits. It explains the importance of using best available science on sea-level rise, avoiding hazards, and protecting coastal habitats and other Coastal Act resources for the future in light of sea-level rise.
Learn more, access the draft document, subscribe to email list, and submit comment here.
San Mateo County comments on CCC Draft Sea-Level Rise Policy Guidance
-Letter of support for Highway 1 Parallel Trail funding application (background)
-Request for designation of 35-ft south-side mid-block segment of Prospect St in Princeton as no-parking
504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd Floor, El Granada
Brews & Views free public forum hosted by HMB Brewing Company welcomes Supervisor Don Horsley and Project Outreach Manager Kendall Flint for a discussion about Plan Princeton, the ongoing county study to update coastal land use policies for Princeton and the surrounding area.
Thursday, December 5, 6-8 pm
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company , 390 Capistrano Road, Princeton
Admission & snacks are complimentary. Full menu available for purchase, with 10% of proceeds donated to Cabrillo Education Foundation.
More event info: 650-728-2739.
“Meeting the Challenge of Sea Level Rise in San Mateo County”
hosted by Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Assemblyman Rich Gordon, and Supervisor Dave Pine.
Monday, Dec 9, 8AM – 12:30PM
College of San Mateo Theater, Bldg 3, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo
More info and sign up at the link
Golden Gate National Recreation Area Open House
Tues, Nov 19, 4:30-6:30pm – drop in anytime.
San Pedro Valley County Park Visitor Center,
600 Oddstad Blvd, Pacifica.
San Mateo Park Lands Accomplishments & Future Goals -
Projects to be represented include: Rancho Corral de Tierra Interim Trail Plan, Devil’s Slide Trail, Dog Management Plan, volunteering opportunities, and more. Find out what NPS and Conservancy staff has been up to this past year and goals for the next three years at all of our San Mateo park sites: Mori Point, Milagra Ridge, Sweeney Ridge, Rancho Corral de Tierra and the Phleger Estate.
Note Special Venue: Cypress Meadows, 343 Cypress Ave, Moss Beach
The Army Corps of Engineers and County Harbor District will provide an update on the status of the North Half Moon Bay Shoreline Improvement Project at Surfers' Beach and will discuss the work ahead. Public comments and input are welcome.
Friday, November 8, 10 AM – 12 noon
Oceano Hotel, Montara Room, 280 Capistrano Road, Princeton
Discussion will cover steps needed to complete the initial planning process before going into the preconstruction design phase, as well as how a potential project to mitigate shore damage can be financed under the Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) Section 111, which allots up to $5 million in federal funds. The project could consider a range of solutions, potentially including dredging sand from the harbor and creating openings in the jetty to create sand outflows.
The Army Corps process is lengthy, as shown in this table. Results of the Reconnaissance portion of the Planning Phase were presented in 2009. Since then, the Army Corps has been working on the Feasibility portion of the Planning Phase, which was expected to take 2-3 years.
The feasibility portion of the Planning Phase has had many delays over the last 4 years and is still incomplete. The Army Corps reported at public meeting 11/8/13 that even if they eventually approved a mitigation project, it would be modest in scope due to funding limitations, and would not happen before 2017 earliest. (presentation, video)