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 

Shoreline Erosion & Sea Level Rise

Coastside Sea Rise & Erosion Forum May 24
6:30pm, Douglas Beach House, 311 Mirada Rd.
Speakers: John Dingler, Army Corps
               Bob Battalio, Coastal Civil Engineer
               Dan Hoover, USGS Coastal Marine Geology Program

Surfers’ Beach: breakwater engineering analysis
                         & beach replenishment
Pacifica Sea Level Rise Forum, Mar 2016: Video & Recap
The Crumbling Coastside - HMB Review article


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

Recommended Transportation Improvements & Land Use Policies:   Draft report  -  Appendix  -  Apr 7 workshop video
Comments:  MCC - Coastal Commission - Green Foothills
Mar 23 MCC presentation - video (at 32:30) - minutes (4a)


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


Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen Housing is gathering community input regarding a potential development at the 11-acre North Moss Beach affordable housing site -- Mar 16 Open House Handout --
Citizen 4-min video overview - HMB Review article


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 May 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.



 Midcoast Water Pollution Reduction Program

What’s in the water and what we can do to help protect our watershed and the marine reserve – Newsletter.

















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Second Unit Ordinance Study Session 10/28

San Mateo County Planning Commission will hold a Study Session at their Oct 28, 2015, meeting (agenda - presentation) on the County’s work to address second dwelling unit issues in the Unincorporated County, including revisions to the County’s Second Unit Ordinance and potential policy approaches from the Board of Supervisors’ Affordable Housing Study Session and White Paper.

County affordable housing initiatives status update matrix 10/15/15.

Local Coastal Program background: LCP Policy 3.22 limits the total number of approved second units to 466 in the Coastal Zone. Size of the units is limited to 700 s/f or 35% of the floor area of the principal residence, whichever is greater. Second units are not permitted on non-conforming parcels less than 5,000 s/f.  LCP Policy 1.23 limits the maximum number of new dwelling units built in the urban Midcoast to 40 units each calendar year, but exception is made for deed-restricted affordable units.


Resolution Near for 7th St Fence?

On October 20, the Board of Supervisors will hear the appeal of Planning Commission approval of new encroaching fence in the right-of-way at the west end of Seventh Street. It is expected they will approve a revised plan submitted by the applicant after an aborted hearing last April which Supervisor Horsley asked to have continued to pursue a proposed compromise which is reflected in the revised plan:

Last February the Planning Commission approved a DPW permit to remove the private 6-ft-high solid white fence across the coastal end of Seventh St and replace it with bollards, but they also approved a new private 4-ft-high wire mesh fence in the public right-of-way. That decision was appealed to the Board of Supervisors. DPW removal of the white fence has been delayed until this related issue is resolved.  

Most of Montara’s spectacular rocky shoreline is only visible to the public from the ends of county streets west of Highway 1.  Over the years the County has not placed a high priority on protecting this public coastal access and gave permission or ignored private encroachments into the public right-of-way. Restoration of public coastal access and views from Montara streets has been a key issue pushed by MCC since 2012.  A 5-ft solid wood fence across the end of Seacliff was removed in 2013.

UPDATE: On Oct 20, 2015, the Board of Supervisors approved the revised project as pictured above.


Kudos to CHP Captain Mike Maskarich

Just had to share this success story of one concerned citizen changing the course and affecting the outcome of a Caltrans (!) project by voicing his concern during Oct 14 MCC meeting that the guardrail work on Hwy 92 in certain sections is creating increased hazard for cyclists, with the steel rail encroaching to the fog line.  Captain Maskarich was present, as he often is, to hear this report, and the very next morning he wrote the Council, “Following the MCC meeting last night, I inspected the guardrail on SR-92.  I notified Caltrans of my observations and at 0100 hours this morning, a Caltrans team went out and stopped all work on the project.  I was told the project will be re-engineered and a new guardrail will be put in place to accommodate more of a shoulder area.”  Captain Maskarich is CHP Redwood City Area Commander.  The guardrail issue was brought up by MCC councilmember Dan Haggerty.

UPDATE: Follow-up from Captain Maskarich:  "Thank you for the kind words, but I feel Caltrans supervisor Dwight Caldwell and his team are the ones who really came through. Their prompt response and analysis of the installation of the guardrail were paramount in having this project re-directed. Not only was the installation potentially problematic to bicyclists and pedestrians, but Dwight felt big-rig trucks and all approaching traffic was also at risk. Dwight has been my "go-to" resource on many roadway safety issues and exemplifies the excellent working relationship that exists between Caltrans, the CHP, and the communities we serve."


MCC Meeting October 14, 2015

Agenda for October 14, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

4a. Connect the Coastside: presentation
    -Alternative Development Forecast
    -Alternative Transportation Standards 

4b. MCC vacancy applicant recommendation
    -4/8/15 applicant interviews video

4c. Letter to DPW re Capistrano Rd. parking & crossings

Consent:  Minutes for Sept 23, 2015Minutes for Oct 8, 2015

UPDATE:  10/14/2015 Video & Minutes


Connect the Coastside October Public Meetings

County public outreach resumes this month on the development of a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan to address cummulative impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. The project has undergone a course correction since April 2015 to allow for additional analysis and report revisions. 

MCC briefing Wed, Oct 14, 7pm
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Public Workshop Thurs, Oct 22, 6:30-8:30pm
Cypress Meadows, 343 Cypress, Moss Beach

Topics for presentation and discussion:
Alternative Development Forecast
Alternative Transportation Standards

Connect the Coastside page


MCC Candidate Interviews Oct 8

Special MCC meeting Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7pm
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Special Agenda:  Interview 4 applicants for BoS appointment to fill one council vacancy and make recommendation on the preferred applicant to the Board of Supervisors. The applicants are:
     Gail Erickson, El Granada
     Charles Curtis Grisham, Moss Beach
     Todd Pelman, Moss Beach
     Claire Toutant, Moss Beach

UPDATE:  Council decision on which candidate to recommend for appointment to fill MCC vacancy has been postponed until Oct 14 regular MCC meeting.  The public is welcome to view the interview video and email your comments to the full Council at


Community Forum on RoundUp Oct 20


New Library Final Design Workshop Sept 29

Tuesday, Sept 29, 2015, from 6:30-8:00 PM
Ted Adcock Center, 535 Kelly, HMB

Noll and Tam Architecture will present conceptual designs based on the feedback received during the four September community input meetings. Participants will then be able to discuss the different options and give additional feedback to the architects.  Friends of HMB Library


Granada Fire Station Workshop Comments

The County's Summary of the July Pre-Application Workshop on the proposed new Granada Fire Station includes a summary of public comments as well as comments from reviewing agencies.  Coastside Fire Protection District proposes to construct a new 10,000 sq.ft. single-story fire station on Obispo Rd at Coronado to replace the existing Station 41 at Obispo/Portola (project webpage).

Coastal Commission staff comments raised concerns about tsunami hazard and CalTrans' long-term plans to relocate Cabrillo Highway to protect it from coastal erosion.  County Planning noted the need for a Use Permit, variances for the 30-ft building height where 16 feet is allowed, and for reduced side setbacks. 

The Local Coastal Program (LCP Policy 9.3) prohibits publicly-owned buildings intended for human occupancy (other than parks & recreation facilities) in tsunami inundation hazard areas. The proposed new fire station is right on the border of the mapped tsunami inundation area. If a site-specific tsunami study shows the project area being inundated, an LCP Amendment would be necessary, a process that could take 1-1/2 to 2 years.  The Planning Dept would offer to initiate the LCP Amendment based on "broader interests" in such an amendment.   

UPDATE on 12/4/15:  The tsunami hurdle has been met by a Nov 2015 site-specific study completed by Moffat and Nichol indicating less than 1% chance of a tsunami reaching the new fire station in any given year.


MCC Meeting September 23, 2015

Agenda for September 23, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Highway 1 Parallel Trail: County presentation on alternatives and preferred alignment for southern segment (Mirada to Coronado).  
Background & related issues: Highway 1 page, MCC 7/22/15 letter, slides 

Community Choice Energy Status Update: presentation

Consent agenda: Minutes of Sept 9, 2015

UPDATE:  9/23/15 meeting video & minutes