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 

November 2016 Elections for MCC
3 seats for 4-year term - 1 seat for 2-year term
Candidate filing period July 18 – Aug 12 by 5pm
Must be resident and registered voter in unincorporated
     Montara, Moss Beach, Princeton, El Granada, or Miramar.
More Info: County Elections or contact a councilmember


Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals
--promoted by Caltrans, FHWA, AARP, and
Midcoast Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study
--MCC letters May 11 & April 13


Short-Term Rental Ordinance where all or part of a residence is rented for less than 30 consecutive days.
Public comment on revised draft ordinance due July 29.
MCC will discuss at July 13 and 27 meetings.


Affordable Housing 
This summer MidPen will hold two Open Houses to review concept site designs for the 11-acre north Moss Beach affordable housing site.
Jul 11 & Aug 18, drop by anytime 3-8pm, Farallone View School.
MidPen Moss Beach website  -  Supervisor Don Horsley 6/1/16


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


Plan Half Moon Bay
City of Half Moon Bay General Plan and Local Coastal Program Update is ongoing.  The City and unincorporated Midcoast greatly affect each other and Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved.  Public review draft HMB Land Use Plan


Subdivision Regulations Update
A comprehensive update is underway to align county subdivision regulations (dating back to 1992) with current state law and pertinent case law, and to make them more user friendly.  May 25 staff report & MCC presentation.  June 8 MCC comments


Vallemar Bluff
Five-houses proposed for 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop.  

Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.  Princeton page
Public outreach resumes Aug 2016.


Highway 1 Parallel Trail
East-of-highway active transportation trail to connect Midcoast communities to each other and to Half Moon Bay.
First segment for design/permitting is Mirada to Coronado.


















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Sea Level Rise Open House Jan 30

Learn more & RSVP here.


La Costanera Outdoor Patios Denied

The Planning Commission has denied, 5-0, a Use Permit amendment which was a necessary first step in legalizing the Montara restaurant's outdoor patios constructed in 2008 without Coastal Development Permit.  Given the many long-standing and repeated code violations, the Commissioners said they had no assurance the owner would comply with current or new conditions of approval.  Despite assurances that the 189-seat capacity would not be exceeded, the Commissioners saw the patios as an intensification of use which has significant impact on public beach access and nearby residential neighborhoods. [MCC comments 8/26/1511/1/151/12/16]

The same entrenched code compliance issues caused the Sept 2014 Planning Commission action to unanimously deny a more extensive Use Permit amendment which included allowing daytime hours.  That decision is pending appeal to the Board of Supervisors. 

The restaurant was permitted by the Coastal Commission in 1977 as a dinner house, open 5pm to normal closing time, in order to accommodate a shared parking arrangement with beach users in the former First St right-of-way, since the restaurant had nowhere near enough onsite parking space.  One of the many violations has been the repeated installation of customer-parking tow-away signs at the shared lot and even at the unimproved State Parks lot to keep out the beach-going public.

Another overdue issue the property owner must address is the deteriorating riprap installed in 1983 to protect the new restaurant from seacliff erosion.

UPDATE 3/30/16: Additional Citation for violation of hours of operations on 3/13/16.


Sustainable Landscaping Tours Jan 23

Visit 7 Midcoast properties that demonstrate sustainable landscaping practices:  
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 10AM - 2PM  -  flyer
Free - to reserve your spot contact the Resource Conservation District at 650-712-7765 x104, or

With some simple changes to a lawn or garden, landowners can protect the environment while improving their property. Planting natives, harvesting rainwater, landscaping to filter storm water, and limiting the use of pesticides in lawns and gardens can improve the water quality in our local creeks, beaches, and ocean.


Hourly Weekend Bus Service on Hwy 92

SamTrans has increased to hourly weekend bus service on Route 294, Highway 92 between Half Moon Bay and San Mateo.  Route 294 map & timetables are here.  Route 17 (HMB to Pacifica) info is here.


MCC Meeting Jan 13, 2016

Agenda for January 13, 2016, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Supporting documents:
    Consent agenda: Minutes for Dec 9, 2015 (approved)

Lighthouse/16th St Crossing: Dec 2015 grant application - MCC support
    2015 preferred design Alt 1
    May 2013 request to include lighthouse crossing
    June 2012 grant application - appendices

Hwy 1 Parallel Trail: conceptual designs for side street crossings in the southern segment: County presentation

UPDATE: 1/13/2016 meeting video & minutes


2016 El Niño Coastal Erosion

At Surfers' Beach, as Caltrans works to extend the riprap southward to protect the highway and the Coastal Trail, the existing armoring to the north is failing.

At Mirada Surf, sea cliff erosion is digging deep indentations into the shoreline.

In Moss Beach, large chunks of bluff are falling at the end of Beach St, nourishing the beach. 

At Fitzgerald Marine Reserve overlook, a sinkhole has developed behind the deteriorating armoring. 


Slide presentation on the history of shoreline armoring in Montara, Moss Beach, and Princeton is here.
CA Coastal Armoring Report 2015


SF/Pacifica Coastal Regional Sediment Mgmt Plan

The draft San Francisco to Pacifica Littoral Cell Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan is now available for public review and comment. View the draft plan and comment here.  UPDATE: Comment period extended to Feb 17, 2016.

There will be a local public meeting to present the draft plan’s purpose and contents, answer questions and solicit comments on Thurs, Jan 21, 6:00-8:00 PM, at The Little Brown Church, 1850 Francisco Blvd, Pacifica.

Coastal Regional Sediment (sand) Management Plans (CRSMP) are being developed for specific portions of the coast (littoral cells).  The program seeks to present ways to restore and preserve beaches, reduce the proliferation of protective shoreline structures, sustain recreation and tourism, enhance public safety and access, restore coastal sandy habitats, and identify cost-effective solutions for restoration of areas impacted by excess sediment.  

Santa Cruz Littoral Cell CRSMP includes the coast from Pillar Point to Moss Landing. The final plan (17MB) was released Sept 2015.  

The Midcoast north of Pillar Point is not included in either of these studies. See MCC presentation 12/9/15.


Newsletter from Supervisor Don Horsley

Supervisor Don Horsley's Jan 2016 Third District Newsletter includes updates on HMB Airport, Tunitas Creek Beach, County Parks Foundation, King Tides, and Surfers' Beach Highway 1 erosion repairs.


MCC Meeting Dec 9, 2015

Agenda for December 9, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Consent agenda: Minutes for Nov 18, 2015

Vallemar Bluff Pre-Application Workshop (public notice) on proposal for    6 new homes on 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop shoreline.
Project Summary & Plans -- More background/pictures
MCC comments (approved)
Public comments:
   Botanist Toni Corelli (CA Native Plant Society) letter - slides
   Committee for Green Foothills letter - attachment
   James & Katharine Lockhart 
   Gail Erwin & Paul Smith

Coastal Armoring:  presentation
CA Coastal Armoring Report 2015

UPDATE:  12/9/15 meeting video & minutes
MCC letter supporting grant app for 16th/lighthouse crossing


King Tides & Coffee at Surfers’ Beach Nov 24

Join SMC Supervisor Don Horsley and HMB Mayor Marina Fraser for coffee and views of the king tide from the California Coastal Trail at Surfers' Beach. Meet at the Mirada Surf picnic tables near Coronado - Bring your travel mug and camera!  
Tues, Nov 24, 8:30–10 AM (high tide at  8:30)

The California King Tides Project helps people visualize how sea level rise will impact their lives. The highest high tides of today will be the average water levels of the future.

2015/2016 King Tides Season Dates:
November 24, 25, and 26, 2015
December 22, 23, and 24, 2015
January 21 and 22, 2016

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