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.

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Focus Topics 

Quarry Park Master Plan
(includes Mirada Surf -- park map)
Get involved in developing this document that will guide park improvements over the next 20 years.
Take the online survey.
Community meetings:  July 25, Oct 3
Tuesday at 7pm at El Granada School.

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Coastside Design Review Committee openings:  Applications being accepted for appointment to CDRC which meets in El Granada at 1:30pm on the second Thurs of the month. CDRC reviews new Midcoast residential building plans for compliance with Design Review standards. Openings for community reps and for architect or landscape architect -- application deadline 8/4/17.

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SMC Parks Dog Management Committee is developing dog-management policy updates for County Parks.
Meetings are open to the public:
Rm 402, 455 County Center, 4th floor, RWC
2pm: July 17, Aug 21

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Modern Roundabouts
--a safer choice than traffic signals
--promoted by CaltransFHWAAARP, and
Midcoast Hwy 1 Safety & Mobility Study
--MCC letters May & April 2016

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

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Plan Half Moon Bay
HMB General Plan & Local Coastal Program Update are ongoing. Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved. HMB Planning Commission Workshop on Coastal Access (including trails, parking, transit) June 27, 2017, 7pm, Emergency Operations Center, Shoreline Station.

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Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen expects to submit development plans to the County by end June 2017 for the 11-acre north Moss Beach affordable housing site. First step in County public process will be Pre-Application Workshop.

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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: summer 2017.

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Ocean & Shoreline Issues

 

Shoreline Erosion & Armoring

 

Surfers' Beach Erosion

Construction of the Pillar Point Harbor breakwater in 1960 dramatically increased the rate of erosion south of the jetty, taking away the beach and threatening the highway.
See Surfers' Beach page.

 

Mirada Rd Armoring in Miramar

Inevitable deterioration of rock slope protection along Mirada Rd from wave action is ongoing. In Jan 2016 placement of supplemental rip-rap boulders ~100 feet south of Medio Ave was done with emergency permit from the Coastal Commission. The County has budgeted $2.6 million in 2016/17 for a longer-term solution for Mirada Rd erosion protection. Dept of Public Works has suggested soil-nail wall covered with sculpted colored shotcrete, or sheet-pile wall.  
Mirada Rd Inundation/Erosion Hazard Maps

 

Coastal Regional Sediment (sand) Management Plans 

(CRSMP) are being developed for specific portions of the coast (littoral cells).  The program seeks to present ways to restore and preserve beaches, reduce the proliferation of protective shoreline structures, sustain recreation and tourism, enhance public safety and access, restore coastal sandy habitats, and identify cost-effective solutions for restoration of areas impacted by excess sediment.  

  • Pillar Point to Moss Landing is the extent of the Santa Cruz Littoral Cell CRSMP. The 352-page final plan was released Sept 2015. A 7-page excerpt doc covers just Pillar Point and Surfers' Beach area. 
  • San Francisco to Pacifica Littoral Cell Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan is here.
  • The Midcoast north of Pillar Point is not included in either of these studies. 

 

Sea Level Rise (SLR)

Future Coastside Inundation/Erosion Map

Reports:
CA Coastal Commission SLR Policy Guidance 2015
Flooding Ahead: Planning for Sea Level Rise, Grand Jury 2015
Sea-Level Rise: a Slow-Moving Emergency. State Assembly 2014

Websites:
Sea Change San Mateo County: SLR Vulnerability Assessment
Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) - SF Bay Area
FEMA CA Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project (CCAMP)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO)

 

Tsunami

San Mateo County Coastside tsunami inundation map is based on a worse-case wave run-up scenario of 30 feet above sea level.
Tsunami Hazard Brochure
Midcoast evacuation sites/shelter map
Coastside Tsunami Preparedness Report June 2012 

 

Related Resources:

Tide/Current Predictor, Princeton
CA Coastal Armoring Report 2015
Beach Water Quality Advisories (sign up for email updates)
California Coastal Records Project, an aerial photographic survey
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Gulf of Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Marine Protected Areas map - fishing regulations 2010
California Seafloor Mapping Program
Coastal Web Cams - list of links