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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Vallemar Bluff

Vallemar Bluff lies along the spectacular rocky shoreline north of Juliana, west of Vallemar, in Moss Beach.  The undeveloped 2.5-acre property is zoned RM/CZ (Resource Management/Coastal Zone) and has popular trails, a cypress grove, and rare coastal prairie habitat.

The grasslands of Vallemar Bluff are an increasingly rare native plant community known as ‘Coastal Prairie’. Some very rare plants grow here including "coast yellow leptosiphon" which grows nowhere else in the world.

Local Botanist Toni Corelli letter and slides Dec 2015.




Development Proposals

2019 four-house project approved

PLN2015-00380 Case Activity
Planning Commission
staff report - Letter of Decision 
Property for sale 

2018 environmental review

Comments on original Neg/Dec:  MCC - CCC - CDFW 
Comments on Revised Neg/Dec:   CCC

Oct 2017: four-house revised

CDRC recommended approval 10/12/17 (2-1).  
Plans: Site - Lot 1 - Lot 2 - Lot 3 - Lot 4
Side-by-side comparison of design changes during CDRC review

July 2017: four-house proposal

Revised plans reduce the number of lots and homes to four aligned along Vallemar, with expanded Coastal Prairie conservation area, and condition for the perimeter fence and coastal trail to retreat as cliff erosion occurs.  
MCC 7/26/17 comments & presentation & reply

4-house site plan -- landscape/materials -- grading/drainage
Design Review Plans: Lot 1 - Lot 2 - Lot 3 - Lot 4
Biological assessment (Zander 6/6/17)
Conservation strategy (McGraw 6/3/17)
Bluff recession update (Haro-Kasunich 5/26/17)

Oct 2016: five-house proposal

MCC considered the revised application by Moss Beach Associates LLC for development of five homes on Vallemar Bluff.  
Presentations: MCC,  Applicant,  ESA erosion hazard
Letters: MCC,  Committee for Green Foothills,  Stuart Weiss PhD
ESA memo: Accelerated Bluff Erosion due to Sea Level Rise

5-house site plan - civil plans - vegetation - landscaping 
Geotechnical study & appendices (Haro-Kasunich, Aug 2016)
Preliminary Drainage Report Aug 2016
Bluff recession study (Haro-Kasunich, Apr 2015)
Vegetation report (Zander, May 2015)
Earlier geotech/ bluff recession studies: 1990, 2001

Dec 2015: six-house proposal

MCC request for Pre-Application Workshop
6-house site plan - HMB Review - Workshop Notice
Dec 9 MCC letter - minutes - video (at 7 min) - public letters
Summary & Response to Comments by County Planner

CCC 2/12/16 letter re 1991 Lot Line Adjustment & sewer service
MWSD 4/27/16 letter re water/sewer service


1991 Lot Line Adjustment
County staff decision, with no public notification, created 7 lots out of the 40 laid out in the 1908 subdivision. In determining the number and configuration of the lots, there was no consideration of the RM/CZ 5-acre minimum lot size requirement in place since 1973, nor the hazard/environmental constraints of the site. County Counsel noted in 1990 “that future buyers should be aware that the recordation of the Record of Survey does not imply that the resultant parcels are buildable.” Coastal Commission 1998 staff report (p.13) noted that the seven parcels created by LLA may actually require a merger and resubdivision subject to Coastal Development Permit approval.

Coastal Commission 2/12/16 letter reviews this issue and recommends the County provide evidence that the supposed 1991 lot line adjustment is consistent with all applicable laws in effect at the time.

Historical Development Proposals

Single Family Dwelling & Domestic Well - status: closed
PLN2000-00833, Lot D, APN 037-086-260 (case summary)
Geotechnical Assessment Jan 2001.      House plans
Applicant's hydrogeologist: 5/99, 12/99, 3/00, 1/01.  Well test
Neighbors' hydrogeologist: 5/01, 11/01.   CCC viol letter 7/01
Engineering Geologic Study Nov 1990 (Prendergast) - 7 homes
Letters:  MCC P&Z Committee  Feb & May 2001
Paul Perkovic  -  Carl May
Friends of the Field (Wittwer) May 2001
Committee for Green Foothills Nov 2001
Planning Director Nov 2001: full EIR required.

Test Wells on all lots - status: closed (case summary)
PLN2000-00268, APN 037-086-230 thru 290
(up to 3 test wells on each of 6 legal parcels)
MCC P&Z comments June & Oct 2000

Test Wells on Lot D - status: approved
CDP97-0016, APN 037-086-260
Letters:  MCC Jan 1998MCC May 1998
Paul Perkovic Nov 1997,  Appellants July 1997
CCC appeal A-1-SMC-98-049 found substantial issue re public access and reduced the project scope to 3 test wells only. Any future development including conversion to a production well requires separate CDP.