MCC Meetings            

Due to holidays, Nov/Dec meeting dates are:
     Nov 18 and Dec 9 only.
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 

Winter Storm Season -- Are You Prepared?
Tormentas del Invierno - ¿Estás preparado?

Vallemar Bluff
6 houses are proposed for 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop shoreline.  Pre-application workshop is Dec 9 at MCC (public notice)

Midcoast Crossings, Raised Medians, Left Turn Lanes
Chapter 6 of the Aug 2015 Final Preliminary Planning Study  describes the preferred alternatives and implementation plan.  Construction will occur in 3 phases with timing dependent on funding availability:
Phase 1 - 2017-18:  Cypress northbound acceleration lane,
               Grey Whale Cove Alt 1,  Lighthouse/16th Alt 1
Phase 2 - 2020-21: Moss Beach Virginia Alt 3 
Phase 3 - 2023-24: Montara 2nd St Alt 3

The project to develop a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92 has undergone a course correction since April 2015 to allow for additional analysis and report revisions.
Alternative Development Forecast, Oct 2015
Alternative Transportation Standards
Oct 2015 Presentation - Minutes - Comments: MCC, CGF
Highway 1 page -- Project website  

Highway 1 Parallel Trail
East-of-highway multi-use transportation trail to connect Midcoast communities to each other and to Half Moon Bay.
First segment for design/permitting is Mirada to Coronado.
Public Workshop presentation 9/23/15 on trail alignment/design.
MCC 7/22/15 letter - attachment - presentation.   Highway 1 page.

Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.
Public outreach resumes 2016.
MCC 10/28/15 comments - map - attachment
Committee for Green Foothills comments 10/29/15
Project website  --  MCC Princeton page

Pillar Point Harbor Issues

RV Park: MCC 1/28/15 letter - images.
District Priorities: MCC 7/9/14 letter - Overview Presentation.
Dredging/Beach Replenishment:
MCC letters 9/10/13 & 10/28/15.


 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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MCC Meeting May 13, 7pm

AGENDA for May 13, 2015, 7:00 PM
Princeton on-street parking
Location: GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Green Valley Trail: Public Workshop May 11

Planning is underway to develop the Green Valley Trail which will connect Devil’s Slide Trail to Gray Whale Cove parking lot.  Learn about the project and give input about the conceptual design and plans. (meeting flyer)

Public Workshop: Monday, May 11, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Pacifica Community Center Auditorium, 540 Crespi Drive 

County Parks' excellent Green Valley Trail project website provides images, maps, studies, a brief online survey to provide your input on planning the trail, and an online mapping tool to draw your own trail options.


LED Streetlights for the Midcoast - Feedback Requested

There is a widespread move to the new technology of LED streetlights which can reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions by 60% and maintenance costs by 50% when compared to convential streetlights.  

The County of San Mateo is conduting a pilot project to determine if residents of the Midcoast support conversion to LED streetlights. Two LED streetlights (one standard and one with amber chip) have been installed near each Midcoast Post Office (Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada) so we can see their nighttime effect. Please share your opinions on SMCSpeakout.  

Lighting District Maps with pilot installation locations (zoom in):
      El Granada/Miramar -- Montara/Moss Beach
LED lighting specs (Model ATBO) -- vendor letter re amber chip


MCC Special Meeting April 28

AGENDA for Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 7:00 PM
Midcoast Crossings/Medians/Left Turn Lanes
     MCC letter (approved) - slides to aid discussion
     County online survey results
     Preliminary Planning Study - Attachments
Connect the Coastside - Transportation Alternatives 
     Community Group Statement - more background
Consent agenda: Minutes for April 8, 2015
Location: GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada


New Granada Fire Station: Public Meeting April 29

Coastside Fire Protection District will hold a public meeting to learn about proposed construction of the new Granada Fire Station 41 on Obispo Rd. south of the existing fire station.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7:00 PM
Coastside Fire Station, 531 Obispo Rd, El Granada

The meeting will include a presentation by the Board of Directors, staff and architect, followed by public question and answer session.


7th St Coastal Access Appeal Apr 28 at Board of Supervisors

An appeal of a new encroaching fence permit at the coastal end of 7th Street, Montara, will be heard by the Board of Supervisors April 28, at 9:00 AM,      400 County Center, Redwood City.
(staff report - appendices)

Last February the Planning Commission approved a pair of permits to remove the view-blocking wall across the end of 7th St, but allowing a new private fence within the public right-of-way which would effectively add 300 sq.ft. of coastal bluff to the neighboring property owner's front yard.

Prior post. Coastal access issues page. Online petition.


Midcoast Parks Forum April 22


Coastal Sediment Management Draft Plan Available for Review

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.  

Santa Cruz Littoral Cell CRSMP includes the coastline from Pillar Point to Moss Landing (including Pillar Point Harbor). The DRAFT PLAN (80MB) has been released for public review April 15 - May 15, 2015.
Comments, suggested edits, general feedback, etc. may be sent to

There is an Executive Summary here if you don't want to dive right into the 300-page document.


MCC Meeting April 8


Location: GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada


POST Buys Last Private Land on Pillar Point Bluff 

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) has completed purchase of the last private land on Pillar Point Bluff, with plans to transfer the property to County Parks by year-end.  The 21-acre parcel lies between the Pillar Ridge Manufactured Home Community and the ocean.  This addition to the County’s Pillar Point Bluff preserve will connect a gap in the California Coastal Trail, though there is no timeline yet for actual trail improvements.  Press release