Half Moon Bay held a Planning Director meeting last June that I attended because one of the Agenda Items troubled me: It was Item #2 - “Highway 1 Trail Extension and Roadway Improvements.”
Note that Item #2 has seven attachments totaling 341 pages. This particular Item had no business on the Planning Director’s meeting Agenda. It is and needed to be in front of the Planning Commission for public input and discussion; and that is what I suggested to the Interim Planning Director at the meeting.
Fortunately, after some discussion and Q&A, she agreed and denied the CDP in favor of forwarding the matter to the Planning Commission.
On Aug. 6, I submitted a document to the Planning Director (via email) on the matter. The document suggested that planning should break up the proposed project into manageable elements and I asked that the document be included in the Planning Commissioners' Board Packets so they would all have a chance to review it prior to the meeting.
The Planning Director placed a “Notice of Public Hearing” in the Review (08-15-12) noticing the Item, and sent a copy to all interested parties. I received one. The Notice was interesting in that it noted the project had in fact been divided, and that the trails matter (both walking and bike) would be heard by the PC at their 08-28-12 meeting (last night) and that the rest would come at a future date. Good; she thought about it and made a good adjustment. I attended that meeting, too - and spoke to the matter. Here’s the Agenda from last night’s PC meeting. Note Item #3.
As I spoke to the matter, I mentioned my letter. It was at that point I got the deer in the headlight look from the Commissioners. Planning Director Webb had spaced and forgotten to include it in their packet. After the meeting, she apologized to me and said that if I would resend it, she would forward it to all five Commissioners. I did that when I got home last night.
The trails were approved 4-0 (Patric was absent) by the Commissioners last night. Good. We got the low hanging fruit out of the way. Now for the tough stuff. I suggested that each light and road expansion (4 total), from 2 to 4 lanes at those lights, be individual elements. Further, I suggested that they start with Poplar (the easiest, IMHO) and place Terrace Avenue as last (no question the most controversial). We’ll see how that goes.
I will continue to follow this matter. I will also continue to provide interested readers with follow-up information when applicable.