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

Take the online survey on county transportation funding priorities.


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/Hwy 1 alternatives: expected early 2018.


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


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.


SFO Aircraft Noise

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


Vallemar Bluff 4-House Development

CDRC recommended Design Review approval (2-1) on 10/12/17.      Next step: environmental review.


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.


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 early 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.


















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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.


Committee to Develop County Parks Dog Mgmt Recommendations

SMC County Parks Dog Management Committee is comprised of ten community members who advise the Parks Commission as it seeks to update and clarify dog management policies in County Parks. 

In addition to recommending updates to the County ordinances and identifying potential dog recreation opportunities, the Committee is expected to outline criteria to be used in identifying parks, places or trails best suited for dog activity and parameters for specific pilot areas where dog management will be allowed and carefully monitored to determine effectiveness.  Topics of enforcement, budget, owner education, and park infrastructure will also be on the Committee’s agenda.

The monthly Committee meetings (Sept 2016 – Aug 2017) are at 2pm in Redwood City and are open to the public.  The County webpage for this issue has more info on committee members, meeting dates, location, agendas and minutes.


MCC Nov 23, 2016, Meeting Canceled