The local populace that has a clue understands that urbanizing the midcoast turns Pacifica into a drive-through town. I don't make this stuff up. Just ask city planner Michael Crabtree, activist John Curtis, or anyone with a planning/conservation history. Once the midcoast is connected, "it's all over," as Curtis puts it. Pacifica hillsides will become fair game for the Bay Area Council. Roadway infrastructure constraints will be annihilated as soon as the segment between Fairway Park and Fassler Avenue becomes a reality. The Hillside Preservation Ordinance (HPD) will be under attack and doubtless found to be illegal by the buildout cabal in Redwood City. The net result? Just look at the downloads below.Of course, the local real estate cabal will embrace urbanizing the midcoast and more than likely will "explain" to locals that the new "Daly City" midcoast will benefit Pacifica. All anyone has to do is to take a look at what happened to the old Daly City as soon as Westlake became a reality. That situation snowballed into contemporary Daly City, from a population of 6,000 to 100,000; from a quaint, comfortable, somewhat isolated hamlet to the congested, forbidding, hideous, and fiscally insolvent entity that it has been for decades.
The biggie in the coastal buildout equation is Pacifica. The buildout engine cannot connect to the midcoast without a segment between Fairway Park and Fassler Avenue. That's why planning officials met recently at Rockaway Quarry to discuss the segment, as Todd Bray reported here on Pacifica Riptide. That segment (and midcoast buildout) are part of the reason why Congressmember Jackie Speier turned off the group that met with her to discuss the Sharp Park golf course situation. Speier voted to put a freeway through McNee Ranch State Park 25 years ago to facilitate a new Daly City at midcoast. Speier is part of the buildout cabal, and those of us who were in the struggle against the Martini Creek freeway alignment know it.
The state Coastal Act is to prevent urbanization of the California coast. The proposed midcoast buildout is antithetical to the Coastal Act's published intent. Michael Crabtree and I have the land use statement made by Coastal Commission staff to validate this assertion. Very few of us will forget that the public is responsible for the existence of the Coastal Act. The Legislature didn't enact it. The public did it with a petition-referendum to prevent outcomes such as a new "Daly City" on the San Mateo County coast. Pacifica is pivotal in the struggle to prevent nullification of Section 30254 of the Coastal Act (see documents below).
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