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 9:30AM.
See Archives for past meetings with video links.

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Focus Topics

Introduction to Local Government:
     District boundaries, services provided, decision-making bodies.

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Neighborhood Commercial Districts
Zoning Regs Update: C-1/Midcoast:
CDRC open study session 8/21/19, 10:30-1:30
Study materials: comparison tables, maps showing existing uses 

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Half Moon Bay Local Coastal Program Update

Draft Land Use Plan Update ready for your input. Upcoming Study Session: Sept 24

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Harbor View Inn 15-room expansion 
2019 plans --  images -- MCC comments

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Cypress Point Affordable Housing Community 
Proposed 71-unit affordable housing community at Carlos/Sierra in Moss Beach
April 2019 re-submittal documents 

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Get Involved - CDRC vacancies

Coastside Design Review Committee reviews development applications for compliance with Midcoast Design Standards to encourage new homes with individual character that are complementary with neighboring houses, community character, and the surrounding natural setting.    Desirable traits in a CDRC member.
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A Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan is being developed to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. Final draft expected in 2019.

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Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals, and a context-appropriate highway circulation plan for Moss Beach

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Quarry Park Master Plan
County Parks is developing this document that will help guide park improvements over a period of at least 20 years. 

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Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations began in 2013. Draft plan for public review expected in 2019.

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Dunes Beach Hotel/RV in HMB

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Montara Coast - Public Access & Views

Caltrans right-of-way Highway 1 vegetation management:
Community priorities to preserve and enhance public ocean views and bike/pedestrian safety and mobility on Highway 1 in Montara,
     MCC presentation 3/14/18
     MCC request to Caltrans 3/18/18

Public coastal views from Highway 1 at Point Montara:
     MCC letter 5/25/16 - Caltrans reply

County right-of-way: Most of Montara’s spectacular rocky shoreline is only visible to the public from the ends of county streets west of Highway 1, but in the past, the Dept of Public Works had allowed the coastal ends of 7th St and Seacliff to be walled off, like boarded-up picture windows.  In Oct 2012 MCC began a multi-year effort to get the County to place a higher priority on protecting this public resource and require removal of private encroachments into the public right-of-way that block coastal access and views - Overview presentation.
Online petition has 400+ signatures, including many personal comments.

Seacliff:  In 2013, the County agreed to remove the fence blocking the coastal end of Seacliff, replacing it with a more appropriate guardrail for vehicle safety and restoring public views. The Local Coastal Program (LCP) Table 10.6, Recommendations for Shoreline Destinations, states: “Keep open ends of residential streets in Montara such as Seacliff Court and develop them as viewpoints.” 

7th St:  In 2016, the wall at the end of 7th St was finally removed.
     2/18/15: 7th St. coastal access at Planning Commission Feb 25
     10/17/15: Resolution near for 7th St fence?  
     2/12/16: 7th St fence finally removed  

While road construction is not needed or feasible on 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th Streets west of Highway 1, these rights-of-way must be preserved for public non-motorized use to access the coastal bluff.  MCC asks the County to protect this access and public views from private encroachment via structures, plantings, or private property signage. These are not dead-end streets leading nowhere. These are public coastal access points.

5th Street right-of-way has been developed with walls, landscaping and private property sign, yet the County does not act to prevent these encroachments. Oct 2013 MCC presentation on 5th St public access

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Correspondence:
12/12/12 MCC meeting minutes
3/21/13 Memo from Deputy County Mgr Peggy Jensen
3/27/13 MCC meeting minutes & memo to County staff
4/10/13 MCC letter to Board of Supervisors
4/4/13 Memo from Deputy County Mgr Peggy Jensen

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Documentation:

5th Street was dedicated by Farallone City subdivider and accepted by the County for public use (1907 subdivision map & Board Resolution).

5th Street has NOT been vacated (abandoned) by the County, including where it intersects with Pacific Ave Extension (1978 Board Resolution) and Ocean Shore Railroad property. 1969 survey map shows detail of 5th Street right-of-way extending across the railroad property, fee title of which was later transferred to Burr (2000 survey).

"The owner of a subdivided lot typically holds fee title to the center of the abutting street, but has no right to possess or occupy that area." (SMC Policy on Vacation of Streets, Legal Foundation 1-b, 2/8/2000)

1992 County Counsel answers MCC question if public has the right to non-motorized access to a 60-ft-wide county road easement which was not in the county-maintained road system (portion of Pedro Mountain Rd):  “…they do…  This road is still a County owned right-of-way, never having been abandoned… No action taken by {property owner] can ever extinguish the public status of the roadway… If any obstructions have been placed in the right-of-way, the County could compel removal of these obstructions… 

1977 Minutes of County Planning Commission Hearing on UP-20-77 for restaurant at Montara Beach which required the use of the 1st Street right-of-way for a parking lot. Staff erroneously reported that the County had never accepted the dedication of 1st Street and thus had no rights (1st St. accepted by 5/20/1907 Board Resolution). Nevertheless, District Attorney/County Counsel McCracken stated “he works on the presumption that the public has the right of access which cannot be taken away.

1974 DPW letter which serves as basis for existence of 7th St fence encroachment permit.

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  Feb 20167th St fence finally removed