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 

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.
Take the online survey.
Community meetings:  July 25, Oct 3
Tuesday at 7pm at El Granada School.


Coastside Design Review Committee openings:  Applications being accepted for appointment to CDRC which meets in El Granada at 1:30pm on the second Thurs of the month. CDRC reviews new Midcoast residential building plans for compliance with Design Review standards. Openings for community reps and for architect or landscape architect -- application deadline 8/4/17.


SMC Parks Dog Management Committee is developing dog-management policy updates for County Parks.
Meetings are open to the public:
Rm 402, 455 County Center, 4th floor, RWC
2pm: July 17, Aug 21


Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals
--promoted by CaltransFHWAAARP, and
Midcoast Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study
--MCC letters May & April 2016


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


Plan Half Moon Bay
HMB General Plan & Local Coastal Program Update are ongoing. Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved. HMB Planning Commission Workshop on Coastal Access (including trails, parking, transit) June 27, 2017, 7pm, Emergency Operations Center, Shoreline Station.


Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen expects to submit development plans to the County by end June 2017 for the 11-acre north Moss Beach affordable housing site. First step in County public process will be Pre-Application Workshop.



Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations began in 2013. Draft plan for public review: summer 2017.


















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MCC Special Meeting (Retreat), Jan 28, 2017

Annual MCC Administrative and Planning Retreat -- The public is welcome.
     Saturday, January 28, 2017, starting at 9:00 AM
     GCSD, 504 Alhambra, third floor, El Granada.  

AGENDA and supporting documents:
MCC 2017 Work Plan Priorities
Supervisor Horsley's 2017 priorities 
     presented at 1/11/17 meeting (minutes)
Task Assignments 2017
Treasurer Procedures 2017  --  Finance Committee page
MCC Policies & Procedures (updated 1/28/2017)
Handbook for San Mateo County Boards & Commissions
Rosenberg's Rules of Order -- Rosenberg Rules at a Glance


State Parks to Remove Ranger House on Eroding Miramar Bluff

News Release Jan 24, 2017:
Half Moon Bay, CA - A California State Parks residence threatened by cliff erosion will be removed. The residence is located at 6 Alcatraz Avenue and the building's foundation is close to the cliff edge. While the structure remains stable on its foundation, a plan to remove it is underway. Currently, the utilities (gas, electricity, water) have been disconnected and sewer lines are being sealed. No one is currently living in the house and its appliances have been removed. For public safety, a perimeter around the structure has been established with caution tape and signage, advising the public to stay out. It is the intention of State Parks to have the structure removed before it becomes unstable and hazardous.
The cliff at Miramar Beach where the home is located has slowly eroded over a number of years. Recent storms have accelerated the erosion requiring immediate action.
Contact: Terry Kiser, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Santa Cruz District Operations Superintendent -- (650) 726-8817



Midcoast LED streetlight replacement project scheduled

The San Mateo County Department of Public works has notified the MCC that PG&E has now received all of the material required to start the LED streetlight replacement project (see Roads and Streetlights for the background on this project).

PG&E plans to start the replacement of the existing streetlights in the two Midcoast lighting districts, starting the week of January 23, 2017.   All streetlights in the districts will be replaced, with the low intensity, "amber" LED fixtures recommended by the MCC, based on community feedback.

Update on Thurs, Jan 26, 2017: As of this afternoon, the County DPW and PG&E have stopped the replacement project.   It is stopped because the incorrect fixtures ("white", and brighter than those planned) were being installed.  The project will remain on hold while they determine what happened, and how and when the correct fixtures will be installed. If you have questions, please contact me: Dave Olson,


MCC Meeting Jan 25, 2017, Canceled


MCC Meeting Jan 11, 2017

AGENDA for January 11, 2017, 7:00pm at GCSD
           504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada 

Supporting documents:
-- Supervisor Horsley's 2017 priorities
-- Airport St bulk propane storage: presentation
-- Big Wave Project modification: MCC comments,
    application, 2015 approvalBig Wave issues page

Consent agenda -- Minutes for December 14, 2016
-- Letter requesting County budget support for jubata grass control

UPDATE: Jan 11 meeting video & minutes


Short-Term Rental Ordinance Dec 2016 Revised Draft

An updated draft (Dec 2016) of the County’s proposed Short-Term Rental Ordinance for the unincorporated Coastside is expected to go before the Planning Commission in February for an initial reading and recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.  The associated environmental document is currently available for review & comment by Jan 20, 2017.  More info on MCC issues page and County page.


Countywide Stormwater Resource Plan

Draft Countywide Stormwater Resource Plan (SRP) is available for public review and comment through Jan 13, 2017. Learn more, ask questions, offer feedback:

     Public workshop Tues, Jan 10, 6:30-8:30pm
     Pacifica Community Center, 540 Crespi Dr, Pacifica

The SRP is a comprehensive planning document that identifies and prioritizes opportunities to better utilize stormwater as a resource throughout San Mateo County. Through detailed analysis of watershed processes, surface and groundwater resources, and input from stakeholders, the SRP helps prioritize opportunities to mitigate flooding, recharge groundwater, improve water quality, and enhance our communities.


MCC Meeting Dec 14, 2016

AGENDA for December 14, 2016, 7:00 PM at GCSD
              504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada 
Supporting documents:
County Code Compliance presentation
Dog Management Committee presentationwebpage
Midcoast County Parks plans/projects update
Midcoast Park/Rec Development Fund Annual Report
Consent: Minutes for Nov 9, 2016

UPDATE: 12/14/16 meeting video & minutes


New Granada Fire Station EIR

The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the El Granada Fire Station 41 replacement project is available (here) for public review and comment from Dec 2, 2016 -- Jan 19, 2017.  The Coastside Fire Protection District will hold a public hearing to take comment on the EIR Wed, Jan 18, 6:00 pm, at the District Board Room, 1191 Main St, HMB.  (project summary)


Second Unit Ordinance Update on Fast Track

The County is fast-tracking an update to its Second Unit Ordinance in order to bring it into compliance with State law by the Jan 1, 2017, state-imposed deadline. Second units are accessory dwelling units on developed residential property, also known as in-law or granny units.  They are viewed as an important source of new housing to help deal with the county jobs/housing gap (26 new jobs for each new housing unit built). 

It is important to note that the Coastal Act and the County Local Coastal Program (LCP) supersede the State’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Law which now prohibits quotas or growth limits on second units.  In the Coastal Zone, LCP Policy 1.23 will continue to limit new Midcoast residential building permits, including second units, to 40 per year.  Policy 3.22 will continue to cap the total number of approved second units at 466 in the Coastal Zone. Coastside Design Review will continue to apply to second units because it is required in the LCP. Community Development Director Steve Monowitz gave assurance at the Nov 30 hearing that there is no intention to request amendment of those LCP policies.

County second-unit ordinance changes to comply with state law include regulations of size, setback, and parking, and require that second units meeting all zoning standards receive ministerial approval, meaning no discretion or public hearing.  The staff report is here.  Project planner is Will Gibson,, 650-363-1816.

The Planning Commission heard the item at their Nov 30 meeting and, at the request of the public in attendance and Commissioner Kersteen-Tucker, agreed to delete the proposed optional expansion of second units into open space resource management areas of the Coastal Zone.  The Commission voted 3-0 to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve the proposed ordinance as amended.  
[UPDATE: The Board of Supervisors approved the ordinance 1/10/2017.]

An amnesty program is being planned (likely for early 2017) for second units that were built without permits.