Local Coastal Program (LCP)
Background: The California Coastal Initiative (Proposition 20), overwhelmingly passed by the voters in 1972, was made permanent by the California Coastal Act of 1976. The Coastal Act is administered by the California Coastal Commission (CCC), and is supplemented by Local Coastal Programs (LCPs), which are approved by the Commission and administered by local governments. San Mateo County's LCP covers the unincorporated areas of the Coastside. Half Moon Bay and Pacifica have their own LCPs.
LCP policies guide development. They include a Land Use Plan and zoning ordinances to implement the Land Use Plan.
Coastal Act and LCP policies:
Pamplet: Protecting California's Coastline & Upholding the Coastal Act - How you can help - Recognizing & reporting violations.
LCP Update 1999-2012
The San Mateo County LCP was first certified in 1980 and has been amended various times. In 1999 the Board of Supervisors authorized the Midcoast LCP Update Project to improve Coastal Act consistency, update Midcoast baseline data and policies, and reduce appeals (see County LCP web page).
Content was developed in a series of public workshops and hearings, and in 2006 the LCP amendments were submitted to the Coastal Commission for certification. In December 2009, the initial LCP update submission was denied and returned to the County for modification. After working with Coastal Commission staff, the County submitted a revised Update in May 2011. On 8/8/2012 the Coastal Commission unanimously approved the LCP update, to take effect in 30 days.
MCC comments on LCP update:
To Board of Supervisors: 4/26/11 - 4/12/10 - 6/15/09 - 3/14/06 - 12/5/05 - 2/9/05 - 1/24/05
Midcoast Land Use Plan Map
Coastal Development Permit (CDP) applications submitted complete before 9/8/2012 are governed by the 1998 LCP under grandfathering provisions.
The 1978 Montara - Moss Beach - El Granada Community Plan is incorporated by reference into the LCP. The Community Plan is summarized and published on the County website as Chapter 3 of Area Plans Summary, 1985. Community Plan road policies and standards were amended in 1994.
Transportation Management Plan
Project timeline 2014-15 - see Highway 1 page.
LCP Policy 2.53: "Develop a comprehensive transportation management plan to address the cumulative traffic impacts of residential development, including single-family, two-family, multi-family, and second dwelling units, on roads and highways in the entire Midcoast, including the City of Half Moon Bay. The plan shall be based on the results of an analysis that identifies the total cumulative traffic impact of projected new development at LCP buildout and shall propose specific LCP policies designed to offset the demand for all new vehicle trips generated by new residential development on Highway 1, Highway 92, and relevant local streets, during commuter peak periods and peak recreation periods; and policies for new residential development to mitigate for residential development’s significant adverse cumulative impacts on public access to the beaches of the Midcoast region of San Mateo County.
"The plan shall thoroughly evaluate the feasibility of developing an in-lieu fee traffic mitigation program, the expansion of public transit, including buses and shuttles, and development of a mandatory lot merger program."
Groundwater studies were required as part of the LCP Update.
2010 Groundwater Study Phase 3 presentation by Steve Monowitz, County Senior Planner