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

Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals
--promoted by CaltransFHWAAARP, and
Midcoast Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study.
Cypress roundabout: MCC 8/9/17 minutes & 5/11/16 letter.
Cypress/Hwy 1 alternatives: expect early fall public meeting.

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Agricultural Advisory Committee
Get involved in preservation of agriculture on the Coastside. Application for appointment deadline is Sept 29.

Design Review - Miramar Community Rep
Miramar lacks a Community Rep on the Coastside Design Review Committee that reviews new residential development for compliance with Coastside Design Review Standards. Application deadline is Nov 10 for appointment of 1 Community Rep and 1 Alternate.

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SFO Aircraft Noise

SFO Community Roundtable
Congresswoman Jackie Speier on Aircraft Noise
Sept 13: MCC forum: SFO Noise Abatement Office & Supervisor Dave Pine 

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Vallemar Bluff 4-House Development

Story poles are up. Coastside Design Review Committee continued the item to Sept 14 meeting. MCC comments 7/26/17

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Affordable Housing 
Development plans have been submitted for 71-unit affordable housing community at Carlos/Sierra in Moss Beach. First step in County approval process is Pre-Application Public Workshop in Sept (date to be announced). Read more.

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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.
July 25 Community Meeting presentation

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

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SMC Parks Dog Management Committee is developing dog-management policy updates for County Parks.
Meetings are open to the public: Aug 21, 2:30pm
455 County Center, Room 402, RWC

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Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) is being developed to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. Draft plan expected for public review late 2017.

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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: fall 2017.

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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.

Saturday
Mar112017

Unstable Cliffs Threaten Harbor West Trail 

Mud and rock slides closed a section of Pillar Point Harbor West Shoreline Trail February 20, and the saturated vertical unstable cliffs high overhead could send more rocks crashing down. 

Rocks strewn over the trail came from the upper vertical cliff face. The Harbor District’s engineering firm, GHD, recommended not removing the debris or reopening the trail at this time. Images are from Harbor District 3/15/2017 staff report.

Friday
Mar032017

MCC Meeting Mar 8, 2017

AGENDA for March 8, 2017, 7:00pm at GCSD
           504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada 
Supporting documents:
Neighborhood Commercial C-1 Zoning PRESENTATION
C-1 zoning ordinance (applicable in Midcoast)
C-1/WMP ordinance (example of zoning update for a specific community)
C-1 Zoning maps: Montara - Moss Beach - EG north - EG south
PUD-121 district in Moss Beach
CCR Coastside Commercial Recreation (primarily visitor & recreation serving west of Hwy 1)

UPDATE: 3/8/17 meeting Video and Minutes