Document:  Staff report for Big Wave study session, Weds


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Sun, January 24, 2010


You can now download a copy of the the county planning staff’s report on the Big Wave development from Coastsider. We don’t yet have the attachments, but wanted to get this piece into the public’s hands as soon as possible.

On Wednesday, Jan 27, at 8am, the San Mateo County Planning Commission will hold a study session on the proposed development.  The attached document covers some areas of the project, such as: the project description, the business plan, subdivision of the property, why no story poles have been put up, what utilities and districts are involved, tsunami hazards, effect on population and housing, and the need for police support.

The staff document doesn’t address zoning, effects on local biology, traffic impacts, or other issues that have been raised in more than 200 comments filed with the county.

The Planning Commission has also apparently not been sent copies of the public comment on this project [Download or read individually on Coastsider].

We’ll have more on this document and the upcoming study session, but this will get you started.  Post your comments and questions here.


Re construction phasing, the staff report reiterates the 30-36 month time-line, as though the 15- to 20-year phased development plan didn’t exist.

Interesting discussion of affordability still leaves many questions unanswered.

Questa’s peer review comments on water balance in the appendices calls out the critical missing info on wet season drainfield capacity, “We are now in the wet season and the applicant should be able to provide information on drainfield groundwater conditions, percolation and capacity, and ideally preliminary comments from the RWQCB.”  I see no evidence of this testing being done at the site, though this is certainly the time for it.

Having written an extensively researched 14-page comment letter on the DEIR that felt like producing a major term paper, it’s just great to know that the decision makers haven’t even read it.