County Supervisors Set to Approve Local Coastal Plan Update Next Month

Ten years in the making, the document will update county ordinances regulating land use, water rights and zoning in Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada, Miramar and Princeton.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors moved one step closer yesterday to resubmitting the county's Midcoast Local Coastal Program Update to the California Coastal Commission.

The document, which began development through a series of community scoping meetings more than 10 years ago, will update county ordinances regulating land use, water rights and zoning designations in the unincorporated Midcoast communities of El Granada, Miramar, Moss Beach, Montara and Princeton-by-the-Sea, interim Deputy Director of Planning Steve Monowitz said.

A prior version of the document was approved by the board and sent to the Coastal Commission in 2006. It was denied certification in December 2009, Monowitz said.

The Coastal Commission sent the document back to the board with 72 suggested modifications to be incorporated before the agency would reconsider certifying the document, which contains more than 100 pages of revisions to 15 ordinances.

The board has until June 10 to resubmit a revised program update, Monowitz said.

At a meeting on Nov. 30, the board held a public hearing on a newer version of the update, which was reviewed again on Tuesday.

"I think it's a really important document," Supervisor Don Horsley said. "I think it's important for the future of coast."

More than a half-dozen speakers showed up at yesterday's meeting to speak on the issue of private wells, which the Coastal Commission suggested prohibiting in the Midcoast area until the county was able to develop a groundwater management plan, which could take up to five years.

Private well hookups are necessary to develop properties that are not able to connect with municipal water supplies, and prohibiting private wells could create an unintended moratorium on coastside development within the Midcoast area, Monowitz said.

Montara Water and Sanitary District board member Paul Perkovic said the water district, which serves approximately 1,750 customers in Montara and Moss Beach, is available to establish water supply connections to new customers for the first time in 30 years.

Perkovic said the water district believes that conservation efforts and infrastructure improvements have increased the agency's water supply.

The revised program update reflected the change in water sources for development, Monowitz said, satisfying the Coastal Commission's suggestion to restrict private wells while preserving landowners' opportunities for development.

"Hopefully our plan reflects the community's desires," Monowitz said.

The board voted yesterday to review final changes to the document—including zoning recommendations along the state Highway 1 bypass north of Montara and growth limits on new development—before adopting the document at a May 24 meeting and resubmitting it to the Coastal Commission.

Supervisor Adrienne Tissier lauded the community and the planning department staff for their efforts over the years and expressed hope that the final document will be certified by the Coastal Commission.

"I think what you've done, I'm comfortable with," Tissier said. "I just want to be sure that when it goes there, it gets accepted," she said.

-- Bay City News

Brian Ginna April 27, 2011 at 03:00 PM
MWSD providing "connections" is a complete sham, and Mr. Perkovic knows that very well. The only reason the moratorium was "lifted" was for the purposes of lobbying for the LCP update. MWSD production has been declining significantly. The math does not work. You do not need a degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard to figure that out.


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