Thursday, April 21, 2011

Environmental groups appeal Moss Beach project to Coastal Commission

Updated: 04/20/2011 12:07:40 AM PDT

A coalition of environmental advocacy groups made good on its promise to appeal the controversial Big Wave development in Moss Beach to the California Coastal Commission, which could hear the appeal as early as next month.

The group includes the Committee for Green Foothills, the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Surfrider Foundation, the San Mateo County League for Coastside Protection and the Pillar Ridge Homeowners Association, a mobile home community next to the proposed future site of the Big Wave development.

The Granada Sanitary District and the Montara Water and Sanitary District were also expected to file an appeal by 5 p.m. Tuesday, the appeals deadline.

The groups argue that Big Wave -- by far the biggest development ever proposed on the Coastside, with a home for developmentally disabled adults and eight new office buildings -- is inappropriately situated between Half Moon Bay Airport and the ocean, with one narrow access road. The site lies within a county tsunami evacuation zone and next to a major earthquake fault.

Now they will argue that the development, which was approved in March by the county board of supervisors, also violates the planning rules laid out in the county's own Local Coastal Program as well as Coastal Act policies pertaining to public access and recreation.


Submitted by Todd Bray


Anonymous said...

Project engineer Scott Holmes said his group is prepared for the hearing. "I would be surprised if they didn't appeal," he said, adding: "A lot of the project was designed to comply with the Coastal Act because I knew we were going to go there."

work the system, Holmes! collect a fat pension and a lucrative consultant fee . . .

Anonymous said...

"Holmes and his team of nonprofit volunteers -- most, like him, parents of children with disabilities ...."

Anonymous said...

Anon@810am, Holmes worked for his pension and he works for his fees. Why would you begrudge someone that? Big Wave sounds like a great project although thanks to the ever more radical-enviros it will probably never be built.