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.


Focus Topics

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


Neighborhood Commercial Districts
Zoning Regs Update: C-1/Midcoast:
CDRC open study sessions:
third Thursdays, 10:30-1:30 at GCSD: 10/17/19, 11/21/19, 12/19/19
Working Draft posted: comparison tables, maps showing existing uses 


Half Moon Bay Local Coastal Program Update

HMB City Council/Planning Commission Joint Study Session on Land Use Plan:
Tues, 10/29, 7pm, Ted Adcock Community Center


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


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


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.

A Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan is being developed to address cumulative traffic impacts of Midcoast development on Highway 1 & 92. Draft CTMP expected for public review Nov 2019.


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


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



Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations began in 2013. Draft plan for public review expected early 2020.


Dunes Beach Hotel/RV in HMB 

An application for “The Dunes at Half Moon Bay” project was submitted to the City of HMB on September 20, 2019.


























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Short-Term Rental Permit

As of June 2017, in certain parts of the San Mateo County Unincorporated Coastal Zone property owners may legally rent part or all of their home as a short-term rental (less than 30 days) with a permit and payment of Transient Occupancy Tax.

Short Term Rentals are only allowed within legal residences on parcels that are zoned for Single Family or Multi-Family residential use within the Coastal Zone.

Regulations & Application Forms (County page)










Overview article on Short-Term Rental Zoning

Airbnb's Hoods in Hoodies 3/23/2016 
Airbnb's Air Quality Control 4/27/2016 


Ordinance Approval Process 2015-2017

The issue of short-term rentals was raised by Midcoast community members in regard to impacts on residential neighborhoods, and the fact that, while not permitted by zoning regulation or ordinance, there were at least 60 such rentals on the Midcoast in 2015. 

 In May 2015 the SMC Planning Commission conducted a Study Session on short-term rentals. County Counsel made a similar presentation at MCC in Aug 2015.  See MCC minutes for  8/26/15 and 7/8/2015 to follow this initial discussion.

At March 2016 public workshop the County received feedback on a first draft ordinance (see 3/8/16 minutes).  Short-term rentals would be an allowed use in single- and multi-family residential zones in the unincorporated San Mateo County Coastal Zone.  The use would be subject to a permit, payment of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), and other requirements. The TOT is proposed to go towards Midcoast parks.

June 2016: Revised draft ordinance released for 6-week public comment period. Revisions included a limit of 180 nights per year unless the owner is present.
MCC comments 7/27/16  --  17 individual comments
Earlier public comments in meeting minutes:  7/13/163/8/168/26/157/8/15

Dec 2016: CEQA document (CA Environmental Quality Act) released for public review & comment by Jan 20, 2017.

Mar 2017: Planning Commission approved the draft ordinance and directed staff to consider adding additional public comments submitted during the meeting (staff report).

May 2017: Planning Commission approved revised draft ordinance, incorporating changes suggested by CCC staff and members of the public. (staff report and draft ordinance)

June 2017: Board of Supervisors adopted the ordinance and directed staff to submit the amended chapters of the Zoning Regs to the Coastal Commission for certification. (staff report)

Dec 2017: CA Coastal Commission certified the LCP minor amendment, allowing the ordinance to go into effect immediately.

MCC contact: Dave Olson,