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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La Costanera Restaurant Daytime Hours Denied

Long pending Use Permit (UP) Amendment for the Montara Beach dinner restaurant, La Costanera, to expand to daytime hours was denied today by the County Planning Commission 5-0.   (staff report)

In addition to the impact on local parking for beach access, Commissioners expressed concern at the years of unaddressed Code Violations at this Montara Beach business. County staff said that was because the UP Amendment has been pending since 2006 and the plan was to address the violations via conditions of approval.  Now that there is no longer any UP Amendment pending, County staff assured the Commission that the many UP and building violations will be addressed via their Code Compliance section.

MCC 9/22/14 comments with attached web quotesphotos
MCC previous comments on this issue: 3/12/14 and 12/12/12
Comments from others: Committee for Green FoothillsSurfrider San Mateo CountyDeborah Lardie


MCC Sept 24, 2014, Meeting Canceled

The regular meeting of the Midcoast Community Council for Wednesday, September 24, 2014, has been canceled.


MCC Special Meeting Monday, Sept 22, 7pm

AGENDA - MCC holds this special meeting due to the necessity to submit comments to the Planning Commission in advance of their Sept 24 meeting, following release of the staff report on Sept 18.

La Costanera Restaurant (PLN2006-00494) Use Permit Amendment, Revised Initial Study & Negative Declaration, Design Review Permit, Planned Agricultural District Permit, and Grading Permit to:
-Expand restaurant hours to daytime on Fridays and weekends
-Legalize exterior building improvements (lighting, patios)
-Formalize and improve adjacent State Parks beach parking lot.

Coastal Development Permit (CDP) for this project is directly under the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission (CCC) and will be reviewed separately by them.  County Use Permit Amendment, if approved by the Planning Commission, will not go into effect until and unless the CCC approves an amended CDP that was originally issued by them in 1977, which limited restaurant hours to after 5pm to provide for adequate parking via shared beach parking.

MCC 9/22/14 comments [approved] with attached web quotes, photos
MCC previous comments on this issue: 3/12/14 and 12/12/12

Comment to the Planning Commission can be emailed to:

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

Big Wave Project Update

DPW (County Dept of Public Works) submitted Sept 9 comments on BW North Parcel Alternative requiring the condition that mitigation measure at Highway 1 and Cypress (signal or roundabout) be approved and coordinated with Caltrans, and constructed by the applicant prior to issuance of building permit at no cost to the County.

CDRC (Coastside Design Review Committee) considered the project again on Sept 11 (continued from July 10), but continued to be frustrated with the lack of design detail of what they termed a “moving target”.  Project Engineer Scott Holmes agreed that the project has not yet been designed by an architect. 

CDRC members went so far as to sketch some ideas to demonstrate how the building and parking layout could be designed to take advantage of the unique assets of the site such as views for the occupants, improved pedestrian circulation and outdoor spaces for residents and other building occupants, and to attempt to bring the development more into line with existing community character (small scale eclectic).

Leaving architectural design until after the project is approved, as the developer proposed to do, is problematic because the major subdivision creates separate parcels of the footprints of the commercial buildings in their existing size, shape, orientation, and location, which could not be changed after the project is approved.

CDRC continued the item until date uncertain. 


Housing Element Community Workshop Sept 17

The Housing Element of San Mateo County’s General Plan is being updated and you are invited to share your ideas.   (Housing Element FAQ's & Public Comment Survey)

What kind of housing is needed?
Where should new housing be located?
What can be done to make housing more affordable and accessible for all?

Community Workshop (flyer)
September 17, 2014, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
504 Avenue Alhambra, third floor, El Granada


LAFCo Considers Grand Jury Report on Harbor District Sept. 17

San Mateo County 2014 Civil Grand Jury Report recommended dissolution of the SMC Harbor District.  The Harbor District’s written response to the report was based on the majority Board opinion and disagreed with most of the report’s findings.

San Mateo County LAFCo (Local Agency Formation Commission) is also required to respond to the Grand Jury Report, which they will take up at their September 17, 2014, meeting.  The recommended [approved] LAFCo response, from Executive Officer Martha Poyatos, agrees with many or most of the report’s findings and agrees to the recommendation that LAFCo initiate a service review of the Harbor District by year-end.  The response recommends that any application for dissolution of the Harbor District be deferred until the municipal service review is completed.  


Candidate Forums Sept. 11 & Oct. 7

San Mateo County Harbor Commission
    2-year term: 3 candidates for 1 seat
    4-year term: 6 candidates for 2 seats
Thursday, September 11, 2014, 7:00 pm - VIDEO
Cypress Meadows, 343 Cypress Ave, Moss Beach

Coastside Fire Protection District
    1-year term: 3 candidates for 1 seat
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7:00 pm - VIDEO
GCSD, 504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada

League of Women Voters (LWV) will moderate the forums, asking questions submitted in writing by the public at the meeting.   LWV asks that people refrain from displaying political literature or signs in the meeting.

Candidate Forums will be video-recorded by Pacific Coast TV (PCT, local cable channel 27), and broadcast periodically until Election Day, November 4.   Video also available on YouTube.


MCC Meeting September 10, 7pm


Plan Princeton Draft Alternatives: Presentation by project consultants of Draft Conceptual Alternatives for the Princeton Planning Update. (video at 24:44)

Desired Outcome: Council will provide feedback on any key items missed, any concerns with the concepts, and whether the alternatives are responsive to the Princeton Community Visioning and Existing Conditions Reports. (initial comments by MCC rep on Steering Committee)

Please note:  October 2 Community Workshop will be the best venue to provide personal preferences and opinions on the alternatives.  
Thursday, October 2, 6:30-8:30 PM at Oceano Hotel, Capistrano Rd, Princeton

Consent agenda: Minutes for August 27, 2014

Location: Granada Sanitary District (GSD) meeting room,
              504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada

Big Wave North Parcel Alternative Project Comments

September 2 is the last day to submit comments on the Big Wave EIR Addendum in order to have them included in the County’s written Response to Comments. 

MCC 8/27/14 comment letter
Video of 8/27 MCC presentation/discussion of comment letter
Submit comments to: Camille Leung, Project Planner,
Project environmental documents (County page)
MCC issues page on Big Wave Project

The Addendum to the 2010 Big Wave Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was available for 30-day public review and comment July 31 – September 2.  Public comment on the project may be submitted up until the Planning Commission decision hearing, but comments received after the September 2 deadline will not be included in the County’s written Response to Comments.


Carlos St. Improvement Project at Moss Beach Post Office

A "Green Streets" improvement project is getting underway on the east side of Carlos St. in the Moss Beach Post Office block. Construction is scheduled for September through November 2014. The project involves construction of bioretention swales, parking, bicycle, and pedestrian safety improvements. Planning Commission staff report includes detailed design plans to see what the project will look like, and photos that explain where the area stormwater flows. The motivation for the project is to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff before they reach the Marine Reserve. Learn more in the Fitzgerald ASBS Pollution Prevention 2014 Summer Newsletter.