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 

Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals
--promoted by Caltrans, FHWA, AARP, and
Midcoast Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study
--MCC letters May 11 & April 13


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.
Environmental Review public comment period Aug 10 - Sep 9
30% design plans


Vallemar Bluff
Five-houses proposed for 2.5-acre Moss Beach blufftop.  

Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen will submit development plans to the County in early 2017 for the 11-acre north Moss Beach designated affordable housing site. 


Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CTMP) is being developed to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. (webpage)


Plan Half Moon Bay
City of Half Moon Bay General Plan and Local Coastal Program Update is ongoing.  The City and unincorporated Midcoast greatly affect each other and Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved.  Public review draft HMB Land Use Plan


Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.  Princeton page
Public outreach resumes fall 2016.


Subdivision Regulations Update
A comprehensive update is underway to align county subdivision regulations (dating back to 1992) with current state law and pertinent case law, and to make them more user friendly.  May 25 staff report & MCC presentation.  June 8 MCC comments


















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Donuts with Don/ Coffee with Kevin, Aug 21

Supervisor Don Horsley & Assemblyman Kevin Mullin Coastside Office Hours
Friday, August 21, 2015, 8:00am – 9:30am
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, third floor, El Granada


MCC August 12, 2015, Meeting Canceled


Portola Trail Proposed As National Historic Trail

The Board of Supervisors has authorized a Portolá Trail Committee to support designation of the Portolá Trail as a National Historic Trail and promote completion of the California Coastal Trail through San Mateo County. Designation as a National Historic Trail would bring federal resources to help complete and manage the trail.

The 250th anniversary of the Portolá Expedition is coming up in 2019.  On behalf of the King of Spain in 1769, Don Gaspar de Portolá led a land expedition from Baja California to colonize San Diego and Monterey. Not recognizing Monterey Bay, they passed it by and ended up stumbling on the sight of San Francisco Bay from Sweeney Ridge in Pacifica. The discovery led to the Spanish colonization of the San Francisco Bay region.

The trail route through San Mateo County coincides with about half of the Coastal Trail alignment, and traverses existing trails or sidewalks, and lands of POST, MPROSD, State Parks, GGNRA, and about 3 miles of private property. The 6 expedition campsites in San Mateo County could become backcountry camping destinations (i.e. hut to hut). 

Board of Supervisors 8/4/2015 staff report
Historical Society article
Maps of proposed trail route and “best guess” Portolá Expedition route, which followed Native American trails from village to village.


MCC Meeting July 22, 2015

Agenda for July 22, 2015, 7:00 PM
GCSD meeting room, 504 Ave Alhambra, 3rd floor, El Granada

Parallel Trail alignment (Mirada to Coronado):
MCC letter (approved) - attachment - slide presentation
Background: Project Scope - attachment - Hwy 1 page

Consent agenda: Minutes for July 8, 2015

UPDATE:  7/22/2015 meeting video & minutes


Amber LED Streetlights Preferred for Midcoast

During May/June 2015, the County conducted a pilot project (prior post) to determine if residents of the Midcoast support conversion to LED streetlights, which can reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions by 60%. Two LED streetlights (one standard and one with amber chip) were installed near each Midcoast post office so residents could see their nighttime effect.  SpeakOut online forum received public comments for 40 days during May/June.  The amber light had most support.

Amber LED fixtures will replace existing sodium fixtures at comparable brightness on the same arms at the same height on existing poles. No additional lights are planned. Shields for any intrusive lights next to homes could be added afterwards, upon individual request. 

LED lighting Model ATBO-20BLEDE70-MVOLT-R2 
     specs -- amber chip -- diffusers
Lighting District Maps: Montara/Moss Beach - El Granada/Miramar
International Dark-Sky Association Guide to LED Lighting

UPDATE on 9/17/15:  In response to MCC request, County plans a new pilot installation in fall 2015 for public review of lights at approximately 50% brightness compared to the earlier LED samples.


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

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