Trouble is brewing in Half Moon Bay over its General Plan process. Follow some of the commentary coming out of recent public meetings south of Devil's Slide. Many of the issues are similar to those now being debated in Pacifica. Stay tuned for further discussion in this space of Pacifica's General Plan deficiencies.
Sierra Club Letter to Half Moon Bay
Letter to the Editor, Half Moon Bay Review:
The General Plan Advisory Committee, hosted by the City of Half Moon Bay staff and consulting firm running the process, met two weeks ago. One didn’t have to sit through all three hours before sensing a severe disconnect between those “guiding” the process and the volunteers representing the community who perceptibly commented on the three submitted plans.
Despite the diverse interests they represent, most of the Advisory Committee members wondered what happened to their inputs from earlier meetings concerning the three key goals the plans should reflect: preservation of open space, preservation of small-town charm, and amelioration of traffic congestion. Supposedly, the three plans presented would achieve this by more parallel roads to Highway 1 through our neighborhoods, but with housing tracts filling the open space between them, and more commercial development sprinkled around outside the city’s core.
The city pays this consulting firm a lot of money, but it has not done its homework on our existing laws as reflected in the Local Coastal Program, or displayed accurate knowledge about the actual conditions on the ground. A few examples cannot do justice to the absurdity on display at the meeting. They drew roads and/or trails through private property, said it’s OK to eliminate agricultural and urban reserve zoning by fiat, and their plans ignore all the places where protected wetlands exist that already stymie development. It’s all wished away.
Half Moon Bay just concluded two elections that strongly signal citizen discontent relative to the functioning of their government. It is time for the new City Council to achieve a new consensus as to the direction the update is moving. In the meantime, the consulting firm should be paid off and dismissed. It does not know enough to conduct a competent process.
Half Moon Bay