Minutes for March 23, 2016
Comments to Board of Supervisors in support of Planning Commission denial of Use Permit amendment to legalize use of La Costanera restaurant outdoor patios (PLN2015-00297) - background
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Although the Army Corps has not yet formally announced the results of their 2009-2015 analyses of methods to mitigate increased coastal erosion caused by Pillar Point Harbor east breakwater, it is clear they won’t be recommending a federally funded project due to inadequate cost/benefit ratio. This table summarizes the design measures analyzed and conclusions of their 2015 Coastal Engineering Appendix. Their preferred alternative was to move 150,000 cubic yards of harbor dredged material to Surfers' Beach and southward to the Miramar revetment (figure).
In 2015 the Harbor District initiated a Pilot Surfers’ Beach Sand Replenishment Project as a reduced (half) scale of the Army Corps preferred alternative. The pilot project involves a one-time placement of 75,000 cubic yards of upland sand from inside the breakwater onto Surfers’ Beach above the mean high water line (80-140 ft width available) and thus not in the Marine Sanctuary. (slide presentation)
The District is seeking grant funding from CA Div of Boating & Waterways with the goal of construction in spring/summer 2017, over 4-6 weeks, then monitoring for two years. If the monitoring program finds that the project is effective and does not cause unacceptable environmental impacts, then a larger beach nourishment project would be pursued in the future.
Current federal regulations do not allow placement of dredged material in the Marine Sanctuary, but their Management Plan is under review and updates are expected in 3-5 years that could allow for permitting larger-scale beach nourishment using a harbor dredge source (Marine Sanctuary letter of support and minutes of Beach Replenishment Committee meeting May 2015).
More info and documents about Surfers’ Beach Erosion here.
Join State Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblymember Kevin Mullin at their
Open House: Thursday, April 14, 2016, 4-6 PM
1528 S. El Camino Real, Suites 302/303, San Mateo
RSVP by clicking either of their names above. Feel free to bring your ideas, questions, and concerns about legislative issues affecting the community.
The meeting will include a presentation of the design for the new library, and an opportunity for questions and answers. View renderings here — subject to change as final design progresses.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 6:30-8:00 PM
Ted Adcock Community Center, 535 Kelly Ave, HMB
The new HMB library is being planned and built by a partnership of the City of Half Moon Bay, the San Mateo County Library, and the County of San Mateo.
Caltrans crews will begin embankment and drainage repairs Monday, March 28, 2016, between 9th & 10th Streets in Montara to prevent slope erosion west of the highway from impacting the roadway. Barriers will be set up and speed limit reduced to 35 mph during the work which will continue through June 2016. See Construction Notice for further details. Caltrans District 4 Information Officer is Gidget Navarro, 510-286-5574, email@example.com
Connect the Coastside (Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan): County presentation of recommended transportation improvements and land use policies to minimize and mitigate the impacts of Midcoast growth:
Draft report - appendices - webpage
(preview of County Public Workshop #4, Apr 7)
Local non-profit MidPen Housing held an Open House at Farallone View School March 16 to collect community input and answer questions about a potential affordable housing development at the 11-acre former Navy barracks site at Carlos/Sierra in Moss Beach (handout). Most of the large crowd in attendance was organized with signs/stickers opposing high density housing and increased traffic congestion. Their spokesperson's address opposed any development on the site, urging its preservation as a park.
MidPen is considering a potential affordable housing development on the site, which could give preference to residents with Coastside jobs. The site would be developed at the same medium density as the surrounding neighborhood, even though the zoning allows for medium-high density. Instead of the 148-unit mixed affordable/market-rate project approved for this site in 1986, MidPen proposes no more than 80 units, with all rental units affordable to families earning 30-60% of county median income (currently $103,000 for family of four). The one- and two-story duplexes and triplexes would be clustered so that a significant portion of the site could be dedicated to permanent open space. MidPen is committed to community outreach and engagement to craft a thoughtful proposal that is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. See MidPen presentation at MCC Feb 10, and background/related info on MCC Affordable Housing page. MidPen's contact for questions/comments is Felix AuYeung, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Pacifica Community Center
540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica
Midcoast and HMB residents are invited to attend and join the discussion sponsored by Pacifica’s Environmental Family and the Pacifica Climate Committee to consider some of the immediate local challenges of sea level rise.
Moderator is Brenda Goeden, Sediment Program Manager at Bay Conservation & Development Commission. Speakers are Hilary Papendick, Climate Resilience Specialist with the County Office of Sustainability, Patrick Barnard, coastal geologist at USGS, Bob Battalio, coastal engineer at Environmental Science Associates, and Joshua Cosgrove, NCCWD board member.
UPDATE: Meeting video/presentations/maps
MCC will co-host a special meeting (agenda)
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7:00 PM at
Cypress Meadows, 343 Cypress, Moss Beach,
to review and gather community feedback on the County's Draft Short-Term (Vacation) Rental Ordinance. More info.
MCC regular meeting for March 9, 2016, is CANCELED.
USGS Evening Public Lecture Series events are free and are intended for a general public audience that may not be familiar with the science being discussed. Lectures are held at the USGS Menlo Park Campus in Building 3, 2nd floor Rambo Auditorium, Menlo Park. Also available to watch live online.