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 

PCE, is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider, replacing the electric generation services on your PG&E bill with 50-100% renewable energy at competitive rates.


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


Midcoast LED streetlight replacement project stalled in Jan 2017 to await manufacture and shipment of correct low intensity amber fixtures -- estimated by June.


Plan Half Moon Bay
HMB General Plan & Local Coastal Program Update are ongoing. Midcoast residents are encouraged to get involved.


 New Granada Fire Station
Final EIR expected 3/17/2017


Affordable Housing 
Local non-profit MidPen will submit development plans to the County in late spring 2017 for the 11-acre north Moss Beach affordable housing site.


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


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


















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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 sponsor, initiated the Northern Half Moon Bay Shoreline Improvement Project to determine the feasibility of an Army Corps project to mitigate the increased coastal erosion and sediment buildup in the harbor.

The long-awaited report has not been formally released but the 2015 Coastal Engineering Appendix and Economic Analysis have been made available. This table summarizes the design measures analyzed and conclusions. The preferred alternative, estimated to cost $5 million, is 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 will be recommended for federal funding due to inadequate cost/benefit ratio.

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