Public Meeting on “Big Wave” Development Project in HMB on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Public Meeting on “Big Wave” Development Project in HMB on Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The San Mateo County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Big Wave Project, a 300,000 sq. ft. mixed use Office Park and housing for Developmentally Disabled (DD) adults on agricultural fields and wetlands next to the Pillar Point Marsh/Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and to the Half Moon Bay Airport in Moss Beach.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
LOCATION: El Granada School – 400 Santiago Avenue, El Granada 94019
TIME: 6:00PM – 7:30PM

The San Mateo County Planning Commission’s rescheduled hearing on the Big Wave project is next Wednesday, November 17, at 6:00 pm, at the El Granada School, 400 Santiago Avenue, El Granada, 94019.   This massive 300,000 square foot mixed-use project on agricultural fields and wetlands next to the Pillar Point Marsh is unacceptable.  If built, the project would impact scenic coastal views, increase traffic on inadequate roads and intersections in Moss Beach and Princeton, and expose a special needs group to extraordinary natural and man-made hazards.  Please attend the Planning Commission meeting and speak up for coastal protection.  Ask them NOT to certify the EIR and NOT to approve the Big Wave project, unless it is greatly scaled back.
What’s Happening
In 2005, Big Wave, LLC, applied for permits to build a mixed use project consisting of an office park and housing for developmentally disabled (DD) adults on two agricultural fields and historic wetlands next to the Pillar Point Marsh.  Due to the project’s location on low lying lands next to the seismically active Seal Cove Fault, residents and workers would be at risk from severe ground shaking, liquefaction, and other seismic hazards, as well as tsunami and flood hazards. The project is adjacent to the Half Moon Bay Airport, and would expose a vulnerable group of residents to unacceptable risks from airport operations.
Proposed Project
The Big Wave Office Park (as revised) consists of eight buildings up to 46 feet high containing 225,000 square feet on 14 acres.  The “Wellness Center” (as revised) would be in two buildings housing 50 DD adults and 20 caregivers on 5 acres. There are still gaps in critical details including an assured source of water supply and specifics on wastewater treatment and disposal.  Because the site is not served by convenient transit, the project will generate an estimated 2,200 daily vehicle trips, which must use substandard, narrow roads to access the site.  The initial three-year buildout period has been extended to 20 years, impacting neighbors and visitors to the coast for decades.  The project does not comply with the County General Plan, Local Coastal Program (LCP), is not an allowable use in the industrial Waterfront zoning district, and is incompatible with airport safety and operations.
Why this is Important
While the Wellness Center’s purpose is commendable, its proposed location is dangerous and inappropriate.  The Office Park is too massive and should be scaled back.  The project must be revised to fully comply with County, State, and Federal regulations.
What you can do
Please attend the Planning Commission meeting and speak out for protection of our coastal resources.
Wednesday, November 17, 6:00pm
El Granada School
400 Santiago Avenue
El Granada, CA  94019
If you can’t come, please email the Commission.  Points to make:
· The Big Wave Project is too large for this sensitive site
· Traffic would have to use substandard narrow roads, which could pose safety hazards for residents and interfere with public access to the coast
· The Wellness Center housing is not an allowable use under the General Plan, LCP, and zoning.
· The Wellness Center is incompatible with airport safety and operations
· The EIR should NOT be certified, and the project should NOT be approved
Planning Commission email: Planning.Commission@co.sanmateo.ca.us
To learn more:
CGF’s letter to the Planning Commission: www.greenfoothills.org/action/Big Wave Comments CGF.pdf
CGF Attorneys Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger’s letter: www.greenfoothills.org/action/Big Wave Comments SMW.pdf