Montara residents should review the GGNRA proposed access portal

Letter

Posted by
Tue, March 15, 2011


Fellow Montara residents,

GGNRA Proposed Access Portal at the end of Le Conte in Montara.

Residents of Montara should be aware that with the transfer of ownership of the Rancho Coral de Tierra from POST to the GGNRA, the GGNRA is planning on establishing access points to this land by creating Trailhead Portals at the end of Le Conte Avenue adjacent to the Farallon View Elementary School in Montara and the end of Coral Ridge St. in El Granada. The proposed Portals will provide parking and Restroom Facilities for an estimated 10,000 Visitors a year. GGNRA Consequences of this action will have serious impact on community infrastructure and current public use models. Montara residents can anticipate the following:

1. A significant increase of traffic up and down, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 12th, Farallon, Main and Le Conte Streets

a. None of these streets are currently wide enough to handle two way traffic and residential parking

b. None of these streets currently provide pedestrian walkways for the continuity of the street

2. An increase risk of security to property and residents

a. The portal poses both a increased threat of traffic fatalities and or child abductions to children using and crossing Le Conte Avenue and adjacent trails to access Farallon View Elementary

b. The portal provides a convenient, remote and unsupervised location for unwanted visitors to stage drinking parties, use drugs, dump garbage, vandalize property

3. With the increased traffic from visitors, residents of Montara can anticipate changes in current use models for open space areas and trails for

a. Pedestrians
b. Dog Walking
c. Cycling
d. Equestrians
e. Hiking/running

If you wish to get involved in action to oppose this measure you can join the Google group by clicking on this link for the Farallon View Action Committee.

Purpose of this group is to inform Montara, CA citizens of GGNRA activity to establish access portals on Le Conte Avenue. in Montara. And, also, to gain citizen consensus and provide Montara Residence Guidance to GGNRA in establishing access to Rancho Coral Tierra lands adjacent to Montara, CA.

Please forward this email to anyone else you think might want to be informed.

Kevin Stokes


“The proposed Portals will provide parking and Restroom Facilities for an estimated 10,000 Visitors a year. GGNRA Consequences of this action will have serious impact on community infrastructure and current public use models.”

For one, I’m curious if this is 10,000 unique visitors or 10,000 ‘visits. Even if the former, that’s assumed to be inflated as is everything ‘round these parts, but amounts to roughly 25 ppl a day. Is the 10,000 split between the two ‘portals’. If so, that’s 12.5 ppl per day, and on average gonna say half come as a pair.

So in the end… that a little less than 10 cars a 10-hr day (average daylight spanning 7:30AM to 6PM).

One car per hour… sounds kinda like… it already is.

What am I missing amidst the “increased traffic”.

“The portal provides a convenient, remote and unsupervised location for unwanted visitors to stage drinking parties, use drugs, dump garbage, vandalize property “

Ah so the existing convenient, remote, and unsupervised location amidst unkempt dirt that exists now is safer?

At least having the State Parks pick up the trash and maintain the loo is more “supervision” than exists now…

Lotsa “boogeyman” in the OP, IMHO.

We walk our daughter to Farallone View from Acacia, along the fenceline of the llama ranch, so I know this area well.

I don’t necessarily oppose the portal and I think it’s possible that GGNRA could improve a dead-end road that is a mess because of elementary school traffic. I’m skeptical of some of the issues raised, such as the risk of child abductions. Finally, I don’t have a lot of patience with people who live next to parks and want to restrict access to public streets—such as our friends in HMB.

Having said all that, I think its important that the community be involved in the process. I think the GGNRA’s plans for dogs are overly restrictive.  There is an undeniable problem with auto breakins in park lots that doesn’t seem to be getting any better. I’m also not convinced that it’s a good idea to provide access through a residential area, simply because a lot of potential visitors are going to be put off by it.

This is a copy of a letter that was forwarded to me via someone I know in the Farallon View Group Group. I thought it important that Montara residents be aware of this proposed action, so while I posted this letter unedited as I received. It doesn’t necessarily reflect my personal views. I do however think we need to pay very close attention to the proposal and get involved as residents. Mr. Barron I suggest you join the group if you wish your questions answered by the letters original author.

Thanks for the info Kevin.  We have some dilemmas about GGNRA trailheads in Moss Beach and Montara. It seems that the best site for trail heads would be off the future Parallel Trail.  Connector trails going from the Parallel Trail to Rancho Coral de Tierra trails might require easements across farmland.  Designing a trail system that provides well planned connectivity takes time and will require multiple agencies to work together. 

The unincorporated towns of Moss Beach and Montara do not have any safe Highway 1 crossings for pedestrians/bicycles, visitor parking areas,  the Parallel Trail is not in the planning phase yet, and we lack adequate road infrastructure.

Designing intelligent trailheads is a longterm project and could have been started years ago. 

It’s the Counties responsibility to plan/design and build the Parallel Trail.  Funding is available however the County has done nothing to meet the funding application deadline.  The County missed the deadline this month and now the unincorporated Midcoast has to wait another 2 years before applying. 

Perhaps GGNRA should hold-off until the County get its act together and designs the Parallel Trail.

Excellent point about the parallel trail.

The other thing to consider is that La Costanera has increased demand for evening parking in the area. I know that there has been a request for more parking along Hwy 1, although I don’t know where that stands.

It would be a good idea for all these pieces to be integrated into the plan.

“I know that there has been a request for more parking along Hwy 1, although I don’t know where that stands.”

I know La Costanera wants to pave over and develop the dirt lot attached to the existing paved lot on the North side of the restaurant as I was approached by a representative of the restaurant a few months back trying to gather local opinion. Not sure if an application has been made yet.

“Perhaps GGNRA should hold-off until the County get its act together and designs the Parallel Trail.

Only if you have evidence that the County will ever do so.  The Parallel Trail has been an element of the certified Local Coastal Program since it was written in 1980.  I believe that the County has not spent a dime on the Parallel Trail in those 31 years.

“Funding is available however the County has done nothing to meet the funding application deadline.  The County missed the deadline this month and now the unincorporated Midcoast has to wait another 2 years before applying.”

It has been suggested that the County won’t apply for money for the Parallel Trail because they want to spend it on other projects elsewhere in the County.

Blow a million and a half unnecessarily on grossly overdeveloped California Coastal Trail scams at Mirada Surf West and Fitzgerald Marine Reserve but avoid spending money on the parallel trail next to the highway that we all could use for safe, direct, alternative transportation between and within our communities?

This is not as difficult as everyone seems to believe offhand. And yes, it has been considered several times over in the past—to the point of locating bikepath/trail routes. No charette led by imported consultants picked for their urbanizing concepts needed. Caltrans right-of-way and POST land owned adjacent to the right-of-way provide all that is needed for GGNRA access sites on Route 1 in Montara and just north of Clipper Ridge. Look at a few maps for gosh sakes. And the parallel bikepath/trail on the “east” side of the highway from Montara south can similarly use existing right-of-way and streets for much of its length.

Without developer-serving politics and dollar-maximizing bureaucratic approaches maneuvering for combined advantage, the parallel trail and GGNRA trailheads on Highway 1 are dumb-bunny simple to conceive, geographically obvious in location, don’t require spending more on “planning” than is necessary for the projects, themselves, and could have been implemented years ago by government decision-makers and agencies playing it straight.