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

Coastside Design Review Committee vacancies
1. Miramar Community Rep
2. Alternate Miramar Community Rep
Application deadline 4/27/18


Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals
--promoted by CaltransFHWAAARP, and
Midcoast Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study.
Cypress roundabout: MCC 8/9/17 minutes & 5/11/16 letter.
Cypress roundabout evaluation & 10% design


Quarry Park Master Plan
(includes Mirada Surf -- park map)
County Parks is developing this document that will help guide park improvements over a period of at least 20 years. Draft Master Plan review expected Apr 2018.


Vallemar Bluff 4-House Development


Affordable Housing 
Cypress Point is MidPen's proposed 71-unit affordable housing community at Carlos/Sierra in Moss Beach. Pre-application plans, workshop summary and comments are here


Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) is being developed to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. Draft plan expected for public review spring 2018.



Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations began in 2013. Draft plan for public review: spring 2018.


Plan Half Moon Bay
HMB General Plan & Local Coastal Program Update are ongoing. Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved. 10/24/17 presentation & video (@3min) on Land Use Policy & Growth Management by Dr. Charles Lester, former CCC Executive Director.


SFO Aircraft Noise

MCC 9/13/17 informational forum --
video, slide presentation, links


















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Pillar Point Bluff - Road Rehab Project

Prior to Oct 15, 2017, County Parks will resurface the packed earth Jean Lauer Trail and the old rutted dirt farm road extending south towards Princeton. The new trail surface of compacted base rock is intended to provide all-weather emergency access the length of Pillar Point Bluff.  Rolling dips will be repaired or added to improve drainage off the trail.

MCC provided County Parks with a slide presentation on trail surfaces in Sept 2016, pointing out the desirable natural feel and appearance of compacted native soil trails as installed by POST on Pillar Point Bluff in 2007.   Suggestions were also provided for aggregate paving, such as using natural brown color rock and blending native soil into the last 3-inch lift of crushed rock to soften the color and texture of the finished trail.  The County has provided no details on the project specifications, so we’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out.

UPDATE 10/18/17: SMC Parks Superintendent Scott Lombardi reports that this project will likely be postponed until spring, after the rainy season.


HMB Hwy 1 Projects: Public Meeting Aug 30

Community Information Meeting
Highway 1 Safety and Operational Improvements Project
Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 6 pm
Emergency Operations Center
537 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay
City staff will present updated project plans and schedules.
South segment: Roadway widening from Seymour to Wavecrest and a new signalized intersection at Main Street.
North segment:  Roadway widening from North Main Street to Spindrift Way, a new signalized intersection at Terrace Ave, and a new pedestrian/bicycle path on the east side of the highway.


MCC Meeting August 23, 2017

AGENDA for Aug 23, 2017,
     7:00pm at GCSD
     504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor,
     El Granada
Supporting documents:
Consent: Minutes for Aug 9, 2017

Ohlone/Portolá Trail presentation
     - background

FMR Master Plan Assessment &
     Progress Report & presentation
Arbor Ln app/site plan - MCC comments (approved) - presentation
     Applicant 8/23/17 letter -- 11/9/16 MCC comments

UPDATE: 8/23/17 meeting Minutes - Video


MCC Meeting August 9, 2017

AGENDA for Aug 9, 2017, 7:00pm at GCSD
       504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Supporting documents:
Subdivision regulations update:
    8/9/17 staff report & presentation
    Project goals - webpage - 6/8/16 MCC comments
Cypress roundabout update:  MCC 5/11/16 letter
Consent: Minutes for July 26, 2017

UPDATE: 8/9/17 meeting Video & Minutes


Agricultural Advisory Committee Openings

Get involved in preservation of agriculture on the Coastside. The County Agricultural Advisory Committee has four openings. Meetings are in HMB, 7pm, the second Monday of the month, as needed. Application for appointment deadline is Sept 29 -- more info.


MidPen Submits Pre-Application Plans for Moss Beach Affordable Housing

Cypress Point is MidPen's proposed 71-unit affordable housing community for families in Moss Beach. The proposed community consists of 16 one-bedroom, 37 two-bedroom, and 18 three-bedroom homes on a 10.875-acre site bounded by Carlos & Sierra Streets. All units apart from the resident manager’s, will be rented to households who earn less than 80% of the Area Median Income.

The entrance on Carlos St. will lead to a community center that will house a community room, property management/resident services offices, computer lab, laundry room, and after-school program space. Outside the community building is a play area for children and a green courtyard.

The flats and townhomes will be located around the center of the site in two-story buildings that match the feel of the surrounding area. Approximately half the site will be preserved as open space, with walking trails around the exterior of the developed area. The plan provides 161 total parking spaces, or 2.27 spaces per unit. Also included are community gardens, barbeque areas, and outdoor bike racks.

The pre-application submittal (PRE2017-00032) includes Site Plans and Preliminary Assessment of Carlos/Hwy 1 Traffic Impacts V2. The first step in the County approval process will be a Pre-Application Public Workshop to be scheduled in Sept.

County project page  --  MCC Affordable Housing page

8/3/17 Coastal Commission staff comments
9/20/17 Pre-application workshop notice - MidPen presentation
9/27/17 MCC comments & presentation
            Resist Density comments
            Caltrans comments
10/31/17 County approved $24M Housing Fund allocation for the year, including $1M toward predevelopment costs for MidPen’s Cypress Point. (news article)

11/15/17 Summary of Pre-Application Comments


FMR Tidepool 10+ Group Reservations Required to Protect Marine Life

Advanced reservations are required for all groups of 10 or more to visit Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Limiting the number of persons on the reef at any one time, reduces impact on marine life, and helps to preserve it for future generations. Call San Mateo County Parks reservation line, 650-363-4021.


MCC Meeting July 26, 2017

AGENDA for July 26, 2017, 7:00pm at GCSD
       504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
Supporting documents:

Cannabis presentationstaff report - news article

MB Chevron MCC comments approved
       referral/plans  --  2014 MCC presentation
Arbor Ln application/site plan [continued to future meeting]
       2016 MCC presentation & letter -- Jul 2017 CDRC continuance

Vallemar Bluff MCC comments - presentation - webpage
       Jul 2017 CDRC continuance
       2016 MCC presentation & letter on 5-house project

Consent:  Minutes for July 12, 2017

UPDATE: 7/26/17 Meeting Video & Minutes


MCC Meeting July 12, 2017

AGENDA for July 12, 2017, 7:00pm at GCSD
           504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Supporting documents:
Plan Princeton background

Gray Whale Cove:  memo to Council -- grant support letter
     concept plan -- project summary -- grant requirements
     Midcoast crossings project page -- summary history

Consent:  Minutes for June 28, 2017
               Fiscal year 2016-2017 Treasurer Report

UPDATE: 7/12/17 meeting Video and Minutes


Vallemar Bluff 4-house project Design Review Hearing July 13

Revised development plans have been submitted for the 2.5-acre blufftop property at Vallemar and Juliana in Moss Beach. The project has been down-sized from 7 lots to 4, with the houses set back away from the bluff edge. The developer intends to create a conservation easement for the rare Coastal Prairie habitat and provide for the coastal trail to retreat onto private property as the sea cliff naturally erodes.

The Coastside Design Review Committee (CDRC) will now evaluate the scale and design of the houses to determine if the project complies with the Midcoast Design Review Standards. The 4 houses are all well over 5,000 sq.ft. and their full height would rise straight up 3 stories (32.5 ft) above the Coastal Prairie as seen from the public bluff trail along this section of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. The incomplete story poles make it seem the houses will be hidden in the trees – not so. Most of the tangle of trees will need to be removed, leaving all 4 houses in full view of the coastal bluff. The bar graph shows the square footage of the proposed houses (#9-12) compared to the surrounding neighborhood.  

Project approval process:
1 - Coastside Design Review Committee will determine if the project
     complies with the Midcoast Design Review Standards.  
     July 13, 2017, agenda   [7/25 continuance letter]
     [UPDATE: Item continued to 9/14/17 meeting for design changes]            
2 - Environmental Review document (Initial Study & Negative Declaration)
     will be published for 30-day public comment period.
3 - Planning Commission hearing for project decision
     (project is appealable to the Coastal Commission)

Project Planner: Dave Holbrook
Vallemar Bluff page has project plans, multi-year project history, and comments on earlier 6-house and 5-house versions.