Mirada Surf Page
This page has links to background documents related to the El Granada
Waterfront Taskforce proposal to be presented to the Midcoast Community
Council in October. This collection is expected to grow. Major additions
will be announced on midcoast-l.
- Mirada Surf EIR Scoping Document
and Response to Mirada Surf EIR Notice Of Preparation - MidCoast
Community Council Planning & Zoning Committee - Final 5/14/98
- Second legal opinion -- SaraLynn Mandel, Attorney-at-Law practicing
in Half Moon Bay, assesses
and addresses the legal "opinion" provided by counsel retained
by the Task Force.
- Erosion map -- The buildability of the land on the west side
of Highway 1 may enter into your considerations of the taskforce proposal.
Erosion is one of the main factors affecting the "economic life"
of any development, and hence its chances of approval at the County and
the Coastal Commission. Coastside author and historian Barbara VanderWerf
presents her estimates of erosion
over 50 years [the timeframe of statutory interest], along with notes and
- History of the land -- Barbara has also written this short history of the land, starting
in the late 18th century, through the Burnham plan and the railroad years,
and covering two recent development proposals.
- Legal opinion on zoning issues -- Your decision to support or
oppose the taskforce proposal may depend on your estimate of the ability
of the County or a citizens' group to oppose legal moves the developers
may make if the proposal is rejected by the community. The taskforce retained
a land use attorney, E.
Clement Shute of San Francisco, to investigate these issues. Transcriptions
of his letters are here:
-- Mr. Shute summarizes his findings in this letter of September 12. Start
here and refer to the following letters for the details:
- Letter of
August 15 -- Mr. Shute's first letter to the taskforce, with emphasis
on case law behind "takings" claims and the Park designation.
- Letter of
August 25 -- Mr. Shute revisits these issues to answer specific
questions raised by the taskforce after reviewing his earlier letter.
We anticipate that Mr. Shute will be available for questions at the
MCC meeting to be scheduled in October. Mr. Shute's fees were paid from
the $15,000 taskforce budget.
[Please note: Though we've been careful, these transcriptions of Mr.
Shute's letters may contain errors.]
- Park designation -- This exchange
of letters between David Byers, attorney for landowners, and the County's
Paul Koenig addresses the County's willingness to buy the land for a park.
This may also be preliminary maneuvering for a challenge of the Park zoning
by the landowners.
- An earlier County study -- Kathryn Slater-Carter provided these documents
from an County study of an earlier proposal for the Mirada Surf land. "As
you will see from reading this," she writes, "it is quite likely
that any General Plan, LCP, or zoning changes granted to these properties
will likely be sought for the other urban RM/CZ parcels on the Midcoast.
Eventually our community will look like the El Camino corridor with no
intervening open spaces between the communities."
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