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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 8/26/15, 11/1/15, 1/12/16]
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.
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 Brittani@sanmateorcd.org
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.
Consent agenda: Minutes for Dec 9, 2015 (approved)
Hwy 1 Parallel Trail: conceptual designs for side street crossings in the southern segment: County presentation
In Moss Beach, large chunks of bluff are falling at the end of Beach St, nourishing the beach.
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.
The Midcoast north of Pillar Point is not included in either of these studies. See MCC presentation 12/9/15.
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.
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)
Botanist Toni Corelli (CA Native Plant Society) letter - slides
Committee for Green Foothills letter - attachment
James & Katharine Lockhart
Gail Erwin & Paul Smith
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