County to hold workshop on “housing issues” in unincorporated Midcoast, Weds in HMB

Posted by on Sun, September 27, 2009

The county is hold a workshop to discuss housing issues in the unincorporated areas and to present ideas about housing priorities and needs.

The meeting will be Wednesday, September 30, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Half Moon Village, 9 Bloom Lane, Half Moon Bay. The meetings will be conducted in English and Spanish. The meeting will focus on only San Mateo County’s unincorporated areas. The Housing Element Update will not apply to cities.

According to the county press release:

The meetings will help San Mateo County planners update the County’s Housing Element, a component of the General Plan. State law requires cities and counties to update the Housing Element every five years so local governments can plan to meet the existing and projected housing needs in the community.

State law recognizes the vital role local governments play in the supply and affordability of housing. The law acknowledges that, in order for the private market to adequately address housing needs and demand, local governments must adopt land use plans and regulatory systems that provide opportunities for, and do not unduly constrain, housing development.

The State does not require cities and counties to actually build the housing necessary to meet the community’s needs. However, it does require that each community adopt policies and programs to support housing development, as well as provide adequate land at appropriate densities to allow the private and non-profit sectors to meet the housing needs of all economic segments of the community.

San Mateo County’s current Housing Element was adopted in 2003; the County is now updating the Element to cover the period from 2007-2014.

For more information, visit or call William Gibson or Steve Monowitz, Department of Planning and Building, at 650-363-1816 or 650-363-1855.


Comment 1
Tue, September 29, 2009 2:02pm
Carl May
All my comments

So, where do they hold the meeting? Half Moon Bay. Reminds me of the supervisors’ candidate night in El Granada some years ago when a woman (my hero, but I don’t know her name) asked each candidate to say where each of the unincorporated midcoast communities was located. They all blew it badly.

Household transportation is the single largest and fastest-growing source of global warming pollution in California.

I don’t support the decentralization of jobs and housing when it means new development in areas without reliable public transportation. The Coastside does not have reliable public transportation yet we have a developer trying to build a large-scale office park and giant parking lot without infrastructure (roads, water, public transit & local jobs) to support a big development.

I don’t see any mass public transit hubs such as BART on the Coastside.

I hope we can discuss tax incentives for telecommuters at the housing workshop Wednesday night.

Just like the MidCoast LCP update which was corrupted by the Board of Supervisors pandering to special interest groups like SAMCAR, the Housing Element update is really about trying to cram as many new houses as possible into the MidCoast, also pandering to special interest groups like SAMCAR (San Mateo County Association of Realtors).

Over the next 30 years, the Supervisors want to double the number of houses (and cars) in the MidCoast. Think anout how that will affect your daily commute.

We already had a test-run of the Supervisors’ plan a few years ago when Devil’s slide was closed. That closure basically doubled the number of cars coming south from MidCoast during the morning commute. That situation will be the new normal if the Supervisors/SAMCAR get their way.

People need to write or speak out against excessive housing construction in the MidCoast. Otherwise it is going to happen.

Comment 4
Wed, September 30, 2009 3:29pm
All my comments

The solution seems obvious enough, Kevin. Turn 92 & 1 into four-lane freeways (with room for expansion, of course) with a cloverleaf at their intersection (and one at 92 & 35 while we’re at it). Off-ramps for the big hotels, and we’re all set.