Friday, May 22, 2015

Big Wave mixed-use project (for developmentally disabled) approved, Moss Beach

The Daily Journal (San Mateo County), Bill Silverfarb, 5/21/15. "County OKs Big Wave project: development combines office park with housing for individuals with developmental disabilities."

"Nearly 15 years in the works, the Big Wave project slated to be built on the coast was approved again by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors — four years after it first gained the board’s approval.This time, the board’s approval should stick, said Supervisor Don Horsley. 

Congratulations Big Wave Project, and residents
who will live and work there!  Eat dirt, NIMBIES.
.... Although the board approved the project in 2011, it was delayed due to challenges by environmentalists who argued the project did not fit in with “sensitive coastal zones.” The board’s decision was almost immediately appealed to the California Coastal Commission which has the authority to tweak the project or halt it altogether.  .... Coastal Commission staff has reviewed the new project and “determined there are no significant issues,” Jeff Peck (Project founder) said Wednesday.

....  Big Wave is just a small step toward providing housing and jobs for the 12,500 people in the county who are disabled, Jeff Peck said."  Read more.

Reference, Big Wave Project.  From About. "In the summer of 2000, friends and business partners Steve and Jamie Barber and Jeff and Valerie Peck decided to accomplish two things: to provide a place in which individuals with developmental disabilities could reach their full potential and to provide local Coastside businesses with the commercial space to thrive and grow. It was out of these goals that the Big Wave Project was founded."    

Related article, 2015Half Moon Bay Review/Julia Reis, 2/5/15. "Groups file Big Wave appeal, Supervisors get revised project 4 years after denial." "The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will consider the revised Big Wave North Parcel Alternative after several groups filed a joint appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of the project. The appellants include the Pillar Ridge Homeowners Association, Committee for Green Foothills, the Loma Prieta chapter of the Sierra Club, and the San Mateo County chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

Related article, 2009Half Moon Bay Review/Greg Thomas, 2/18/09. "Big Wave concerns, praise wash over Midcoast council. Contentions swirl around Princeton development." "Six years into the design phase, the Big Wave project proposes what developers characterize as an eco-friendly wellness center to support the vocational, recreational and social needs of developmentally disabled people on the Coastside and an office park that would provide the financial underwriting for the entire compound. It is to be located on Airport Street in Princeton." 

Note aerial graphic (above), and archived government process of this Project, see Midcoast Community Council.  For prior article reprints on this blog, search: Big Wave. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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