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.   

Candidate Forums

SMC Harbor Commission 4-year term, 2-year term - VIDEO

Coastside Fire District Board, October 7, Tuesday, 7pm
GCSD meeting room, 504 Alhambra, third floor, El Granada

Focus Topics 

Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations.

Phase 1, Community Visioning Report, Oct 2013
Phase 2, Existing Conditions Report, May 2014
Phase 3, Alternatives Workbook, Sept 2014
   Draft presentation at MCC Sept 10 (video at 24:44)
   Community Workshop Oct 2, 6:30-8:30 PM, Oceano Hotel


Pillar Point Harbor Priorities

Community Workshop Oct 14, 6-8pm, Oceano Hotel tent

County Harbor District is developing a Strategic Business Plan.
VIDEO of 7/10/14 kick-off meeting.
MCC overview presentation & initial comments on priorities.
2014 Grand Jury Report recommends dissolution of Harbor District,
        District reponse.  LAFCo response
Harbor/Shoreline Issues Page


Big Wave Project is back with a North Parcel Alternative

Major development for ag land and wetlands west of HMB Airport.
Permit processing schedule:
Jul 31 - Sept 2: Environmental document public comment period
Aug 13: Informational at Planning Commission (staff report)  &
    MCC: presentation/video.   8/27 MCC commentsvideo
Coastside Design Review Committee: Oct 9
Planning Commission hearing Nov 12, 5pm, on Coastside


Connect the Coastside is a Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan that will identify programs and improvements along Hwy 1 & 92 to accommodate the Coastside’s future transportation needs as it grows toward build-out. The technical study will coincide with broad public outreach to ensure that the final Plan reflects the unique character and vision of local residents and businesses. The online Virtual Workshop is open for your ideas.

The Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan is a requirement of the 2012 Midcoast update to the Local Coastal Program (LCP Policy 2.53). In December 2013 the Board of Supervisors approved $500,000 to fund the project, which is scheduled for completion mid-2015. Scope of work and timeline.
Related studies & projects: Hwy 1 Issues Page.


Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan Update

The ALUCP affects future land uses and development surrounding the HMB airport. Land use policies address height of structures for airspace protection, aircraft noise impacts, and safety compatibility criteria near the ends of the runway.  FAQ's  -  Draft Final ALUCP revised 8/8/14, with response to comments.


Montara Coast - Public Access & Views
Most of Montara’s spectacular rocky shoreline is only visible to the public from the ends of county streets west of Highway 1. Private encroachments into the public right-of-way are diminishing this coastal access.  Online petition to Board of Supervisors has over 400 signatures.


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 2014.

















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Parks & Recreation

Midcoast Parks, Trails & Beaches 

Devil's Slide Coast - from Mori Point to Pillar Point

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) - Rancho Corral de Tierra became the newest addition to GGNRA in December 2011. The 3800-acre Rancho is one of the largest swaths of undeveloped land on the SF peninsula. 

GGNRA San Mateo County Vision 2014-2016
Rancho history - Trail Map
Parks Conservancy, non-profit partner of GGNRA

State Parks: Almost the entire Montara coastline, from Gray Whale Cove to Pt Montara Lighthouse is state parkland (map).  San Mateo Coast Sector Office is at Half Moon Bay SB: 726-8819.

San Mateo Coast State Parks Volunteer Study Guide
Gray Whale Cove SB
Montara SB & Montara mountain (aka McNee Ranch) 
McNee Ranch hikes - map
McNee Ranch unofficial page 
Pt Montara Light Station  --  hostel


County Harbor District: Pillar Point Harbor

boat launch ramps, fishing pier, beaches, Coastal Trail, West Shoreline Trail.


Half Moon Bay beaches:  Surfers’, Miramar 

Neighborhood:  Quarry Park Meadow/Community Garden,  Burnham Strip (see GSD effort to reorganize as Community Services District with parks powers)


Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District 

Purisima Creek Redwoods
Miramontes Ridge, Tunitas Creek



Recreation Programs and Facilities

Half Moon Bay Parks/Rec: community center, playfields
Cabrillo Unified School District: playfields
Sheriff's Activities League (SAL)
Boys and Girls Club


California State Parks Foundation
Coastside Land Trust 
Coastside State Parks Association
Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Midcoast Park Lands & Friends of Quarry Park
San Mateo County Parks Foundation
Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter
Surfrider Foundation - San Mateo County 



County Parks

Jan 2014 Midcoast Parks Forum
April 2013 presentation at MCC on County Parks projects. 
Sept 2012 status report to MPRC 
August 2010 presentation at MCC on County Parks projects
County's Midcoast Park District is headquartered at San Pedro Valley Park. 650-355-8289

  • Fitzgeral Marine Reserve. More info at FMR Issues Page.
  • Pillar Point Bluff & Marsh (part of FMR) - 2 bluff parcels acquired from POST in 2011. Marsh acquired in 1997. 
  • Mirada Surf - acquired 2002; Coastal Trail 2009; restroom installation at Magellan 2014. 
  • Quarry Park - acquired from Midcoast Park Lands 2008; playground improvements 2011, parking lot 2012. Wicklow property added 2014.
  • Moss Beach Park - neighborhood park/playground built by volunteers in 2004, acquired by County in 2013 at request of community.
  • Devil's Slide Coastal Trail & County Park, converted from the former highway, opened to the public in March 2014.

County Parks is the lead agency for the California Coastal Trail (CCT) in the Midcoast. The County has secured funding to plan the CCT connection at the missing link (400 ft of danger) at Surfer's Beach, and is coordinating the project with property owner (CalTrans) and jurisdiction (HMB & CCC).

County Parks 2008 Midcoast Action Plan (MAP) projects are funded by the Midcoast "Park Mitigation Fee". The fee, established in 2003, on all new and remodel construction, is to be used for Midcoast parkland development and improvements - not operations and maintenance. Midcoast Parks Development Fund income/expenditures report thru 2012 is here. The Midcoast Parks & Recreation Committee (MPRC), headed by County Parks, has guided the implementation of the MAP. Contact Sam Herzberg with questions or to get on the email notification list.

Reports & Plans

2010 CA Coastal Trail - Pillar Point to Mirada Surf
2008 Midcoast Action Plan for Parks & Recreation
2007 Recreation Needs Assessment Update:  Summary - Montara - MossBeach - ElGranada - Princeton/Miramar
2002 Midcoast Parks & Recreation Needs Assessment:
-- Body (7mb)   -   Appendices (9mb)
-- Maps - population - existing & buildout (13mb)
-- Maps - trails, existing facilities, planning opportunities (12mb) 
2002 Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Master Plan

Habitat/Vegetation Management

2010 Community Wildfire Protection Plan of San Mateo & Santa Cruz Co.
2009 Coral Reef Fuels Management Demonstration Project
Invasive Weeds pamphlet - San Mateo County
Don’t Plant a Pest! – alternatives for invasive garden plants for Bay Area
Vegetation Management Guidelines (12mb)
Weed Workers' Handbook
CA Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC)