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 

Get Involved: Vacancies
Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Coastside Design Review Committee
Housing & Community Development Committee
Local Agency Formation Commission public member


Midcoast Affordable Housing 
New page under Planning menu has background on this issue. 


Vallemar Bluff
Six-house development proposed for 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop.  

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.

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

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: MCCCGF
Highway 1 page -- Project website  

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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LAFCo Hearing on Harbor District July 15

San Mateo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) will hold a public hearing on Consideration of the Municipal Service Review (MSR) and Sphere Update for the San Mateo County Harbor District:

July 15, 2015, 1:30 PM, 400 County Center, Redwood City.

Supporting documents: see Agenda Item 5.
Staff cover memo includes summary, response to comments, and the recommendation that the MSR provide a framework for the Harbor District, San Mateo County, and South San Francisco to further study improvements in the areas of finance, accountability, and transparency as well as governance alternatives, including dissolution.

News article: Options emerge to spare Harbor District, Daily Journal 7/7/15.
More info on Harbor District history and issues on MCC Harbor Page.

On July 15 LAFCo reaffirmed the long-standing zero sphere of influence of the Harbor District which indicates that the District should be dissolved and San Mateo County should be the long-term successor agency. 

It remains to be seen whether the County Board of Supervisors will actually initiate dissolution, as recommended by the 2014 Civil Grand Jury.  County Supervisor Don Horsley, who is also on the LAFCo Board, suggested that the District be given 18 months to correct its course before the County considers moving to dissolve and absorb the District.

News articles: Daily Journal – HMB Review


MCC Meeting July 8, 2015

Agenda for July 8, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Background & supporting documents:  Minutes for June 10, 2015
Considerations for Short-Term Rental Ordinance (County Counsel 5/27/15)
Overview article on Short-Term Rental Zoning

UPDATE:  7/8/15 meeting Video  -  Minutes


Course Correction for Connect the Coastside

The County is slowing down and adding some steps to the project to develop a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development.  On the July 7, 2015, Board of Supervisors agenda is a contract amendment with project consultants DKS Associates to extend the project term through December 2016 and increase the amount by $90,000 in order to allow for additional analysis, report revisions, and public outreach (staff report).

Widespread public concern was expressed at the April 15, 2015, public workshop. Here is a summary of comments:

  • Provide more opportunity for public discussion of project proposals.
  • Provide information for review at least a week in advance of TAC meetings and public workshops.
  • Incorporate the significant outreach and design work of the Highway 1 Safety and Mobility Study in the final plan recommendations and designs.
  • Recognize and preserve the natural, scenic and semi‐rural character of Highway 1 and SR 92. Pursue context-sensitive design.
  • Pursue land use policy concepts to limit growth to less than full buildout of all existing parcels, recognizing other constraints such as water and sewer capacity.  Do not jeopardize the unique character of the area with transportation improvements just to accommodate full buildout.
  • Reconsider the level-of-service standards used to motivate some of the elements of the transportation alternatives, particularly the LOS of road segments and stop-controlled intersections.
  • Develop recommendations that will shift travel to bus, shuttle, school bus, bicycling, or walking to reduce roadway traffic. 

Public Workshop April 15 - comments - group statement
Project website  --  MCC Highway 1 page


New Granada Fire Station Public Workshop July 16

A combined Pre-Application Public Workshop and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Meeting for El Granada Fire Station 41 Replacement Project will be held:

Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
El Granada Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room, 400 Santiago St.

The County’s informational Pre-Application Workshop invites early public involvement and input on a proposal to construct a new 10,000 s/f single-story fire station on Obispo Rd at Coronado to replace the existing Station 41 at Obispo/Portola.  The project would include access via Obispo with on-site parking for staff and public, new sidewalk along Obispo, emergency generator and above-ground fuel tank in secured areas, native drought-tolerant landscaping, and grading/retaining walls.  After a formal development application is submitted, the County review process would include formal review by the Midcoast Community Council, and public hearing before the Planning Commission. Project planner is Summer Burlison, 650-363-1815,

Coastside Fire Protection District (CFPD) is soliciting comments on scope and content of the EIR, which will address environmental impacts associated with the project.  Send comments to Paul Cole, Assistant Chief, 1191 Main St, HMB 94019, or email to with ‘Granada Station 41 Replacement Project EIR’ as the subject.

Project Webpage

UPDATE:  6/30/15 CCC staff comments
9/2/15 HMB Review article on tsunami issue
9/10/15 Summary of comments from July Pre-Application Workshop


Java with Jerry, July 21, 8AM


MCC June 24, 2015, Meeting Canceled


Public Workshop June 23: New Highway Crossing Alternatives

The County will present the latest design alternatives for Midcoast Highway 1 at-grade crossings, raised medians, and left-turn lanes:

   Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
   HMB Yacht Club, 214 Princeton Ave, Princeton

The new compromise design Alternative 3 has been developed for Montara and Moss Beach in response to public comments. It provides limited raised medians for traffic calming at village gateways, and for pedestrian crossing refuge at 3 locations (Virginia, 7th, & 2nd). 
Project Summary -- Design Alternatives Matrix -- Draft Planning Study 
4/28/15 MCC comments - public comments
Conceptual design images:
Mirada Rd. Alt 1, 2
Moss Beach Cypress Alt 1, 2, 3; Town Center Alt 1A, 1B, 2, 3
Lighthouse/16th Alt 1, 2
Montara Town Center Alt 1, 2, 3; Montara Beach Alt 1, 2, 3
Gray Whale Cove Alt 1&2

Following Tuesday’s public meeting there will be an online virtual workshop open until July 10.  Once a preferred alternative is selected for each location, the next planning phase can move forward, with detailed designs, environmental review and permitting.  Construction timeline will depend on prioritization of locations and availability of funding. 
See Highway 1 page for background and related projects.


Parallel Trail Design Gets Underway

The County has entered a contract with BKF Engineers to complete Design Phase 1 of the initial segment of the Midcoast Multimodal Trail (aka Parallel Trail).  The trail has long been envisioned as an east-of-highway multi-use transportation trail connecting the Midcoast communities to each other and to Half Moon Bay.  The trail is expected to be completed in 4 segments.  Design of the southern segment (from city limits at Mirada Rd. to Coronado in El Granada) is set to begin this summer. 

The project will include complete environmental review, multiple public outreach events to develop a preferred trail alignment, and conceptual construction plans and estimates, to be presented to the County Planning Commission.   

Design Phase 1 is expected to be completed in spring 2016.  Phase 2 will include advanced design and permitting tasks in FY 2016-17.  Project design and permitting is funded by a $500,000 grant from SMC Transportation Authority Measure A Ped/Bike Program. 

Project Manager is James Hinkamp,
Scope of Work -- attachments  --  staff report  --  Highway 1 page


Public Workshop June 16: Motel Expansion in El Granada

The County will hold a Pre-Application Workshop to allow for public comment on a proposed 2-story, 14-room addition to the Harbor View Inn at 51 Avenue Alhambra in El Granada.  (site plans)

     Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 6:30-8:00 PM
     GCSD, 504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada


MCC Meeting June 10, 2015

AGENDA for June 10, at 7:00 PM:
Midcoast at-grade crossings & raised medians:
Preview and discussion of revised design alternatives for Moss Beach and Montara which include raised median crossing refuges at 3 locations. The final County public workshop to select preferred design alternatives will be Tuesday, June 23, 7-9 PM at HMB Yacht Club.
4/28/15 MCC comments -- Highway 1 page

New HMB Library presentation (Friends of HMB Libary website)
Consent agenda: Minutes for May 13, 2015
Location: GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada
UPDATE:  6/10/15 meeting Video - Minutes
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