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.


Focus Topics

Vallemar Bluff 4-House Development

Story poles are up. Coastside Design Review Committee continued the item to Sept meeting.


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.
Community meetings:  July 25, Oct 3
Tuesday at 7pm at El Granada School.


Plan Half Moon Bay
HMB General Plan & Local Coastal Program Update are ongoing. Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved. HMB Planning Commission July 25 joint study session with Park/Rec Commission on Coastal Recreation: 7pm at Ted Adcock.


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.


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


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


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


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.



Comprehensive planning update of Princeton area land use plans, development polices and zoning regulations began in 2013. Draft plan for public review: fall 2017.


















Blog Index
The journal that this archive was targeting has been deleted. Please update your configuration.

Surfers' Beach Erosion


US Army Corps of Engineers

Construction of the Pillar Point Harbor breakwater by the Army Corps 1959-61 dramatically increased the rate of erosion south of the jetty to Medio Creek. In 2009 the Army Corps, with the Harbor District as local 50% sponsor, initiated the Northern Half Moon Bay Shoreline Improvement Project to determine the feasibility of an Army Corps project to mitigate greatly increased down-coast erosion and harbor sediment buildup.

Seven plus years and over $1 million later, the final report was released in Feb 2017. Appendices were available separately in 2016: Coastal Engineering Appendix, Environmental Assessment and Economic Analysis. This table summarizes the design measures analyzed and conclusions. The preferred alternative, estimated to cost $5 million, was to move 150,000 cubic yards of harbor dredged material to Surfers' Beach and southward to the Miramar revetment (figure); however, no Army Corps project is recommended for federal funding due to inadequate cost/benefit ratio. 

Apr 2016 Army Corps final report (released Feb 2017)
     Coastal Engineering Appendix and Economic Analysis
Mar 2015 news report: >$1 million spent so far on analysis.
Nov 2013 Army Corps public meeting presentation, video.
May 2012 Army Corps Feasibility Cost Share Table/Work Plan
Oct 2009 Bob Battalio presentation on surf & sand dynamics
Jul 2009 Army Corps Initial Appraisal - document & presentation
Army Corps Pillar Point Harbor webpage
Harbor District dredging webpage





Harbor District Pilot Beach Replenishment

In 2015 the Harbor District initiated a Pilot Surfers’ Beach Sand Replenishment Project as a reduced (half) scale of the Army Corps preferred alternative, and began seeking grant funding and stakeholder partners.  The project would involve a one-time placement of 75,000 cubic yards of upland sand from inside the breakwater onto Surfers’ Beach above the mean high water line (80-140 ft width available) and thus not in the Marine Sanctuary.

The project would involve construction over 4-6 weeks, then monitoring for two years. If the monitoring program finds that the project is effective and does not cause unacceptable environmental impacts, then a larger beach nourishment project would be pursued in the future.

Current federal regulations do not allow placement of dredged material in the Marine Sanctuary, but their Management Plan is under review and updates are expected in 3-5 years that could allow for permitting larger-scale beach nourishment using a harbor dredge source.

Feb 2017 Project Funding/Planning Update & staff report
Mar 2016 Beach Replenishment Committee Meeting - presentation
Jan 2016 grant application to CDBW
Oct 2015 consultant Scope of Services
Jul 2015 Marine Sanctuary letter: preferred short-term option
May 2015 Beach Replenishment Committee Meeting – minutes


Highway & Coastal Trail Armoring 2016

San Mateo County, Caltrans, and Half Moon Bay collaborated on a project to protect the highway from erosion at Surfers’ Beach, connect a 400-foot section of the Coastal Trail, and add a stairway down to the beach over the newly installed 175-foot section of rock slope protection.  The Coastal Development Permit for the coastal armoring is temporary, for a 10-year period, to allow time to implement a long-term solution to protect the highway from erosion (such as moving this section of highway).

Sep 2016 ribbon cutting ceremony - flyer
Nov 2015 Caltrans construction begins - press release
Jun 2015 Coastal Commission permit - staff report
Feb 2015 Community meeting- presentation - video
Oct 2014 County presentation to MCC
Jul 2014 BoS approved fundingfor planning/permitting
Sep 2013 Supervisor Horsley to Caltrans - reply