From ActCoastal

Year 2023
Month March
Location Half Moon Bay
Description The Coastal Commission’s March meeting took place on March 8-10 in Half Moon Bay. The two-day agenda was on the lighter side with several of the controversial items postponed, including the Pacifica local coastal program update. The LHO Mission Bay Hotel redevelopment faced substantial community pushback and was withdrawn before the hearing. During public comment on Wednesday, several local residents spoke to the tragic mass shooting in Half Moon Bay in January and the need for improved living conditions for low income workers and their families. The Coastal Commission’s jurisdiction over affordable housing was reduced by legislative action in 1981 but remains a topic of debate. On Wednesday morning, Commission staff gave an update on progress toward the Hollister Ranch Coastal Access Program and presented the draft Sustainability Principles, which would set guidelines and next steps for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through land use policy and permitting decisions. Later in the day, the Commission found “Substantial Issue” with a Santa Cruz County permit for shoreline armoring at Twin Lakes State Beach near a contested coastal access point at Geoffrey Drive - this item resulted in a vote chart.

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
Geoffrey Drive Seawall The Coastal Commission found ‘substantial issue’ with a Santa Cruz County coastal development permit (CDP) for shoreline armoring and drainage infrastructure at the Black’s Point Beach portion of Twin Lakes State Beach fronting Geoffrey Drive. The development was first constructed under a County emergency permit and subsequently issued a CDP. The work includes bluff excavation, installing a concrete foundation on the lower bluff, an erosion control grid, drainage infrastructure and installing a chain link fence at the blufftop edge. The County did not approve the chain link fence in the follow-up CDP. The County’s CDP inadequately addresses the legality of the shoreline armoring and the impacts of the drainage infrastructure. The development is also located in the same bluff area that is currently under review for a prescriptive rights access easement based on historical use and there are open and active violations related to unpermitted development at this site including fending, signage, security guards remain unresolved. The Commission unanimously found ‘substantial issue’ with the County’s CDP. The issue will return for a ‘de novo’ hearing in the future. Green Dot.png

Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

March 2023 Meeting

Green Dot.png = Positive Conservation Vote         Red Dot.png = Negative Conservation Vote

Commissioner Geoffrey Drive Seawall
Nl12c hart.jpg Caryl Hart Good Vote
DBochco.jpg Dayna Bochco Good Vote
Donne.gif Donne Brownsey Good Vote
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Absent for Vote
Rice.jpg Katie Rice Good Vote
Escalante.jpg Linda Escalante Good Vote
MeaganHarmon 2020 0116 color corrected.png Meagan Harmon Absent for Vote
Mikewilson.png Mike Wilson Absent for Vote
Palomaaguirre.jpg Paloma Aguirre Good Vote
RU.jpg Roberto Uranga Good Vote
Saraa.jpg Sara Aminzadeh Good Vote by Alternate