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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Green Valley Trail Design & Permitting Moves Forward

On December 9, the Board of Supervisors is expected to award a $203,866 contract to Questa Engineering Corp. for the development of plans, specifications and permits for the Green Valley Trail (see consent agenda staff report). The future Green Valley Trail will be a segment of the California Coastal Trail and will start at the southern parking area of the Devil’s Slide Trail, route through the Green Valley east of Highway 1, and end at the Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking area. The trail will be designed for pedestrian, equestrian and mountain bike use, be composed of natural tread and be accessible as much as possible. The design/permitting phase will be completed between January 1 and December 31, 2015. 


County Housing Element Public Workshop Dec 2

San Mateo County's Draft 2014-2022 Housing Element is now available for public review (PDF).   More information on the update to the Housing Element is available at the project website.

Coastside Public Workshop
Tuesday, December 2, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Granada Community Services District Offices
504 Avenue Alhambra, third floor, El Granada

The updated Housing Element will be reviewed by the San Mateo County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors in December 2014 and January 2015.  Public comments on all aspects of the draft are encouraged, and will be accepted through December and January. Comments may be made through the project website, or directly in English to William Gibson at, 650-363-1816, or in Spanish to Bryan Albini at, 650-363-1807.


MCC Special Meeting Monday, Nov. 10, 5pm

AGENDA - MCC holds this special meeting due to the necessity to submit comments to the Planning Commission in advance of their Nov 12 meeting, following release of the staff report on Nov 6.
    Monday, November 10, 5:00 PM
    GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada

Big Wave revised North Parcel Alternative PLN2013-00451
MCC comments 11/10/14 [approved 7-0]
Planning Commission Staff Report - EIR Addendum

UPDATE:  11/10/14 MCC minutes


Big Wave Hearing at Planning Commission Nov. 12

SMC Planning Commission will consider approval of development permits for the Big Wave North Parcel Alternative at a Public Hearing Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:00 PM, at El Granada Elementary School.
Agenda - Staff Report - EIR Addendum - [meeting video]

MCC regular meeting for November 12 is canceled.
MCC will hold a special meeting Monday, November 10, at 5pm, to approve comments to the Planning Commission.  [MCC comments approved 7-0]

Major project revisions have been made since the County’s informational presentations and EIR Addendum last August.  With no reduction in square footage, the number of buildings has been reduced from 9 to 4 larger ones.  The Business Park is now proposed as 3 buildings, totaling 162,000 s/f, consisting of 108, ~1500 s/f business condominiums.  The Wellness Center, previously 70,500 s/f in 4 buildings plus a 27,000 s/f industrial/storage building for commercial lease income, now incorporates all of that in one 97,500 s/f building, with the public commercial uses on the ground floor in front and the entrance to the Wellness Center hidden away in the back by an indirect route around behind the Business Center.

The footprint of each building would fill an entire block in Princeton.
The parking lot is longer than the distance all the way across Princeton from the beach to the Stanford/Airport intersection. 

Coastside Design Review Committee (CDRC) special meeting Monday, November 3 (agenda), will consider these major design revisions (CDRC letters 9/4, 10/7, 10/28). [Update 11/4: CDRC recommended denial 2-1]

Revised Plans:
Vesting Tentative Map revision
Wellness Center layout, elevations
Business Center layout, elevations
Landscape plan
Project phasing over 15 years

Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Addendum was circulated for public comment during August. (MCC 8/27/14 comments)  
[Update 11/6: Final EIR Addendum (33MB) includes comments received, response to comments, and the October project re-design.]

Comment to the Planning Commission can be emailed to:
For questions, contact Project Planner Camille Leung:

UPDATE 11/4/14:  Coastside Design Review Committee, at their November 3 special meeting, voted 2-1 to recommend denial of the Design Review Permit. This is not a denial of the project as a whole, but a recommendation to the Planning Commission.

UPDATE:  MCC comments 11/10/14
Committee for Green Foothills 11/10/14 comments & attachment
G.Sarab, CDRC comments, attachments 12

UPDATE 11/12/14:  Planning Commission was presented with yet another project design at tonight's hearing (not the 4-building version in the staff report), with buildings divided again into 8. They decided to allow time for Design Review, MCC, Coastal Commission staff, and the public to see clear detailed and firm plans and weigh in before they consider a decision. They will consider the new plan at their January 14 meeting, which is the next available opportunity due to booked December meetings and the holidays. Large turnout tonight with many speakers on both sides of the issue.

Planning Commision Nov 12 meeting video


Public Reception for Coastal Commission Nov. 12

County of San Mateo will host a public reception for the California Coastal Commission during their November meeting being held in Princeton. 

Wednesday, November 12, 6:00 PM (or upon conclusion of the day’s agenda)
Half Moon Bay Yacht Club, 214 Princeton Ave, Princeton
Light Hors d’oeuvres, No Host Bar

This is a social event for the Commission and the public.  No lobbying, distribution of materials, signage, or other communication about Commission business should occur at the event.  Because space is limited, attendance will be allowed on a first come/first served basis. If you wish to attend or want more information, please call to RSVP at 650-363-4568.  


'Connect the Coastside' Public Workshop Nov. 10

Learn about the development of the Coastside’s Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan, and share ideas about how to best manage growth and meet our transportation needs in the future.  

Monday, November 10, 6:30-8:30 PM,
Half Moon Bay Brewing Co, Princeton

Buildout Analysis & Traffic Projections Draft Report
Project website.


MCC Meeting October 22, 7pm


Surfers' Beach Shoreline Protection Device - presentation

Connect the Coastside - presentation
(Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan)
   Initial MCC comments by TAC rep 10/12/14
   Project website

Consent agenda: Minutes for 10/8/14

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

UPDATE:  10/22/14 Video - Minutes


Harbor West Trail, 3-Year Emergency

The Harbor District claims a beach nourishment solution cannot be considered for Pillar Point Harbor’s eroded West Shoreline (Mavericks) Trail due to the urgency and lack of any concurrent dredging project.  The only good news is the Phase 1 project has been scaled back from 300 feet of armoring to the more limited culvert area.

The condition of the trail became urgent in 2011 when it was partially closed off at the eroded culvert.  There was no effort to get permits to repair the trail and protect the 300 feet of eroded shoreline in 2012 and 2013 while the Harbor District was obtaining urgency permits to do maintenance dredging of the boat launch ramps.  At CCC staff site visit in January 2012 for the dredging project, the West Trail was not visited or mentioned.  The only District proposal for dredge disposal was upland on Perched Beach which furthers their plans for bulkhead/fill/development for that area.

Launch ramp dredging didn’t need to be an urgency permit situation -- it has been a regular maintenance item since the 1990’s.  By leaving the easily foreseeable task until it became urgent, the District was able to coerce the permitting authority to give permission to dispose of the dredged material on Perched Beach. 

Even with that District goal accomplished in mid 2013, and full knowledge of how long and complex the permitting process is, the West Trail culvert permit application was not submitted till a year later, with the note that the project must proceed ASAP regardless of wet weather construction impacts this winter (that could so easily have been avoided with pro-active planning).

There is still hope for beach nourishment, instead of hard armoring, to protect and enhance the West Shoreline Trail, but the Harbor District needs to expedite Phase 2 planning and permitting before we face an expanded emergency.

Prior post (2013) with background on the trail and erosion.
8/28/14 Coastal Commission letter re incomplete permit application
10/7/14 reply by Harbor District's engineering firm.



SamTrans Seeks Coastsider for Board of Directors 

A Coastside resident is needed to fill a vacant seat on SamTrans (San Mateo County Transit District) Board of Directors for a term ending Dec. 2018. The Board sets policy for the District and consists of two members of the County Board of Supervisors, one member who is a transportation expert, three members from city councils, and three members of the general public. 

Applicants for this seat must live on the Coastside and cannot be an elected official nor have served as one in the last year. Regular meetings are held at 2 pm on the first Wednesday of each month in San Carlos. Application deadline is Nov. 3.  More info and application for download here.


MCC Meeting October 8, 7pm

Plan Princeton Alternatives - Discussion and evaluation of proposed Princeton land use alternatives. MCC comments (approved)  --  presentation

2013 Presentation re Harbor Shoreline Erosion 
2012 MCC letter re Princeton shoreline erosion
2010 MPRC report on Princeton section of Coastal Trail
2009 MCC letter re outdated M-1 industrial zoning
2003 Princeton Shoreline Improvement Project

Consent agenda: Minutes of 9/10/14 and 9/22/14

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

UPDATE:  10/8/14 meeting video - minutes