FIRE STATION MEETING

PESCADERO FIRE STATION REPLACEMENT PROJECT
COMMUNITY MEETING

AGENDA

SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 27, 2016 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Pescadero Elementary School, Multi-purpose Room, 620 North Street, Pescadero

Time                  Item                                                Speaker

10AM    Welcome and Introductions                    Supervisor Horsley
10:05      View Agenda                                             David LoCoco, Steering Committee
10:10      Review County Fire Site Needs              Mark Steward
10:15      Overview of Process                                 Melissa Ross
10:30      Steering Committee Presents Research  Steering Committee Members
10:45      Highlight Detail in Matrix and Maps     Melissa Ross
11:00      Parcel Maps Dot Exercise                         Melissa Ross, Steering Committee
11:25      Summary and Next Steps                        Supervisor Horsley
11:30      Thank you and adjourn                           Supervisor Horsley, David LoCoco

 

County of San Mateo Planning & Building Department
Agricultural Advisory Committee

MEETING PACKET
Date: Monday, July 13, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: San Mateo County Farm Bureau Office
765 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, California

AGENDA
1. Call to Order
2. Member Roll Call
3. Guest Roll Call
4. Public Announcements/Comments for Items Not on the Agenda
5. Consideration of a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) and a Planned Agricultural Permit,
pursuant to Sections 6328.4 and 6353 of the San Mateo County Zoning Regulations, for 1) a
new, permanent 1,590 sq. ft., 2-story residence as a Farm Labor Housing Unit; 2) a new 1,200
sq. ft. 2-story agricultural barn; 3) conversion of an existing agricultural well to domestic use, and
4) legalization of an 804 sq. ft. yurt as a non-habitable accessory structure; located in the
unincorporated Pescadero area of San Mateo County. The CDP is appealable to the CA Coastal
Commission. County File Number: PLN2015-00267 (Lawson)
6. Consideration of the Action Minutes for the June 8, 2015, regular meeting
7. Adjournment
County of San Mateo Planning & Building Department
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Brenda Bonner BJ Burns Robert Cevasco
Louie Figone Marilyn Johnson Teresa Kurtak
Peter Marchi Doniga Markegard Robert Marsh
April Vargas
455 County Center, 2nd Floor
Redwood City, California 94063
650/363-4161
Fax: 650/363-4849
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ROLL SHEET – July 13, 2015
Agricultural Advisory Committee Attendance 2014-2015
July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July
VOTING MEMBERS
Brenda Bonner
X E X X M X M X M X X X
BJ Burns X X X X E E E X E X X X
Robert Cevasco
X E E X E E X
Louie Figone
X X X T X T X T X X X
Marilyn Johnson
X X I X I X I X
Teresa Kurtak
X E N E N E N
Peter Marchi
X X X X G X G X G X X X
Doniga Markegard
X X X X X X X X
Robert Marsh
X X X X C X C X C X X X
April Vargas
X A X A X A X X X
Vacant
N N N
Natural Resource
Conservation Staff C C C
San Mateo County
Agricultural Commissioner E X X X E X E X E E X X
Farm Bureau Executive
Director X X X L X L L
San Mateo County
Planning Staff
X X X X E X E X E X X X
UC Co-Op Extension
Representative X E X D X D D
COUNTY OF SAN MATEO
PLANNING AND BUILDING DEPARTMENT
DATE: July 13, 2015
TO: Agricultural Advisory Committee
FROM: Camille Leung, Planning Staff, 650/363-1826
SUBJECT: Consideration of a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) and a Planned
Agricultural Permit, pursuant to Sections 6328.4 and 6353 of the San
Mateo County Zoning Regulations, for 1) a new, permanent 1,590 sq. ft.,
2-story residence as a Farm Labor Housing Unit; 2) a new 1,200 sq. ft. 2-
story agricultural barn; 3) conversion of an existing agricultural well to
domestic use, and 4) legalization of an 804 sq. ft. yurt as a non-habitable
accessory structure; located in the unincorporated Pescadero area of San
Mateo County. The CDP is appealable to the CA Coastal Commission.
County File Number: PLN2015-00267 (Lawson)
PROPOSAL
The applicant, Jared Lawson, proposes to construct a 1,590 sq. ft. residence as a Farm
Labor Housing Unit to house him and his wife, who own and operate Pie Ranch, located
on an adjacent 13-acre parcel (APN089-230-210) to the west. The project also
involves the construction of a new 1,200 sq. ft. 2-story agricultural barn, conversion of
an existing agricultural well to domestic use, and legalization of an 804 sq. ft. yurt as a
non-habitable accessory structure. A majority of the subject parcel and the Pie Ranch
parcel are used to grow berries and a variety of vegetables.
DECISION MAKER
Zoning Hearing Officer
QUESTIONS FOR THE AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1. Will the proposal have any negative effect on surrounding agricultural uses? If so,
can any conditions of approval be recommended to minimize any such impact?
2. What position do you recommend that the Planning Department staff take with
respect to the application for this project?
BACKGROUND
Report Prepared By: Camille Leung, Project Planner
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Location: 2080 Cabrillo Highway (address for Pie Ranch)
APN: 089-230-280
Parcel Size: 14.5 acres
Existing Zoning: PAD/CD (Planned Agricultural District/Coastal Development)
General Plan Designation: Agriculture
Existing Land Use: Agricultural uses, barn, yurt (currently used as a residence for the
owner and his family).
Setting: The project parcel is accessed via Cabrillo Highway using a driveway that runs
through the adjoining Pie Ranch property and to subject property. The property is
bordered by Green Oaks Creek to the north, with the existing driveway separating the
creek from agricultural and associated uses to the south. The parcel is relatively flat.
Environmental Evaluation: The project requires an Initial Study and Mitigated Negative
Declaration (IS/MND) under CEQA Guidelines, as the property would result in
development located within the Cabrillo Highway State Scenic Corridor and would result
in the conversion of soils meeting the Local Coastal Program (LCP) definition of prime
soil for permanent residential and agricultural structures.
Williamson Act: The project site is not under a Williamson Act contract.
Will the project be visible from a public road?
The western edge of the Pie Ranch property runs along Cabrillo Highway, a portion that
is designated as a State scenic corridor. The subject property is located east of the Pie
Ranch property and is not visible from Cabrillo Highway. Proposed structures would not
be visible from Cabrillo Highway due to distance and intervening vegetation. A Google
Earth photo taken from along Cabrillo Highway is included as Attachment B.
Will any habitat or vegetation need to be removed for the project?
While the property borders Green Oaks Creek, an access driveway separates
agriculture and development on the property from creek habitat and vegetation. The
proposed area of development would be located in an area that is currently farmed in
association with the agricultural operations of Pie Ranch. The project does not involve
the removal of riparian vegetation or habitat.
Is there prime soil on the project site?
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As shown in Attachment C, a majority of the site is characterized by prime soils, Class
IIe-1 (Lockwood Loam, gently sloping), with a section of Class IIIe-1 (Lockwood Loam,
sloping, eroded) located in a center portion of the parcel. Areas of prime soils are
largely occupied by agricultural uses, with the exception of the existing driveway and the
yurt and smaller structures used for agriculture.
KEY ISSUES
Planning staff has reviewed this proposal and presents the following key issues for the
Agricultural Advisory Committee’s consideration:
1. Compliance with Agricultural Policies of the Local Coastal Program (LCP)
Prime Agriculture Lands
LCP Policy 5.5 (Permitted Uses on Prime Agriculture Lands) permits agricultural
and agriculturally-related development on prime agricultural lands; non-residential
development customarily considered accessory to agricultural uses including
barns, storage/equipment sheds, stables for farm animals, water wells, and water
storage tanks. The policy allows for farm labor housing, uses ancillary to
agriculture, and single family residences to be conditionally permitted via a PAD
permit.
For areas of prime soil which cover a majority of the parcel, the proposal involves
the construction of a permanent Farm Labor Housing Unit (footprint of 1,066 sq.
ft.), an agricultural barn (footprint of 1,200 sq. ft), and legalization of a yurt
(footprint of 804 sq. ft.) as a non-habitable accessory structure. The construction
of these agriculturally-related structures on prime agricultural land requires a PAD
permit.
A southern portion of the property meets the definition of “Lands Suitable for
Agriculture” but is not farmed due to terrain and existing vegetation. The project
does not involve the development of this area.
3. Compliance with Planned Agricultural District (PAD) Regulations
In order to approve and issue a PAD Permit, the project must comply with the
substantive criteria for the issuance of a PAD permit, as applicable and as
delineated in Section 6355 of the Zoning Regulations. As proposed and to be
conditioned, the proposal complies with the following applicable policies, which
will be discussed further in the project staff report to be prepared for the Planning
Commission.
• The encroachment of all development upon land which is suitable for
agricultural uses and other lands shall be minimized;
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• All development permitted on a site shall be clustered;
• Development shall be located, sited and designed to carefully fit its
environment so that its presence is subordinate to the pre-existing
character of the site and its surrounding is maintained to the maximum
extent practicable.
• No use, development or alteration shall substantially detract from the
scenic and visual quality of the County; or substantially detract from the
natural characteristics of existing major water courses, established and
mature trees and other woody vegetation, dominant vegetative
communities or primary wildlife habitats.
• Where possible, structural uses shall be located away from prime
agricultural soils.
While the proposed structures would be located on prime agricultural land, the property
owner proposes to cluster the structures against the rear property line, allowing the
structures to be accessed via existing access roads, siting structures as far as possible
from Cabrillo Highway, and reserving a large area of the agricultural field for continued
farming.
4. Compliance with Farm Labor Housing Guidelines
The Farm Labor Housing Application Process guidelines, as approved by the Planning
Commission on October 8, 2014, allow for permanent housing structures in specific
situations where there is an on-going long-term need for farm workers. The guidelines
require Zoning Hearing Officer (or Planning Commission) review of applications for
permanent housing and limits the use of these structures for the housing of farm
workers and, if the uses ceases, the structure must either be demolished or used for
another permitted use pursuant to a permit amendment. The residence is proposed to
house the owner and his family, the adults of which operate and are employed at Pie
Ranch.
5. Association Development at the Pie Ranch Property
In an associated but separate permit (PLN2015-00208), the applicant requests a
Coastal Development Permit and Agritourism Permit Exemption to permit the following
at the Pie Ranch property: 1) Agritourism dining events (i.e., barn dances); 2) up to 13
temporary non-agriculture related events (including weddings and fundraising events)
as permitted through Temporary Event Permits; 3) associated parking. The parcel
contains an existing barn, the historical Steele Ranch house (used as Farm Labor
Housing) and other agricultural structures. The application is incomplete at this time
and will be agendized for review by the AAC at a later date.
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ATTACHMENTS
A. Vicinity Map of Project Parcel
B. Google Earth Photo taken from Cabrillo Highway
C. Map of Prime Soils
D. Project Plans
Owner/Applicant: Attachment:
File Numbers:
San Mateo County Zoning Hearing Officer Meeting
Owner/Applicant: Attachment: 􀀥
File Numbers:
San Mateo County Zoning Hearing Officer Meeting
Owner/Applicant: Attachment:
File Numbers:
San Mateo County Zoning Hearing Officer Meeting

 

 

 

Meeting Minutes
Regular Meeting June 8, 2015
1. Call to Order
Robert Marsh, Committee Chairman, called the Regular Meeting of the
Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) to order at 7:32 p.m. at the San
Mateo County Farm Bureau Conference Room in Half Moon Bay,
California.
2. Member Roll Call
Robert Marsh, AAC Chairman, called the roll. A quorum (a majority of
the voting members) was present, as follows:
Regular Voting Members Present
Brenda Bonner
BJ Burns
Louie Figone
Marilyn Johnson
Peter Marchi
Doniga Markegard (left at 8:37 pm)
Robert Marsh
April Vargas
Regular Voting Members Absent
Robert Cevasco
Teresa Kurtak
Nonvoting Members Present
Fred Crowder
Steven Rosen
Nonvoting Members Absent
Virginia Lj Bolshakova
Jim Howard
3. Guest Roll Call
Guests Present
Adria Arko
Rob Bartoli
Kerry Burke
County of San Mateo Planning & Building Department
Agricultural Advisory Committee
455 County Center, 2nd Floor
Redwood City, California 94063
650/363-4161
Fax: 650/363-4849
Lorene Burns
Joey Figone
Chris Gounalakis
Suniva Gounalakis
Kellyx Nelson
Dante Silvestri
Ron Sturgeon
Mike Williams
4. Public Announcements/Comments for Items not on the Agenda
7:33 Kellyx Nelson of the Resource Conservation District introduced the new
Agriculture Ombudsman, Adria Arko.
7:35 Mike Williams of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
discussed the District’s plan for the Apple Orchard and Event Center
lands adjacent to the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve.
5. Consideration of a Planned Agricultural District Permit, pursuant to
Section 6350 of the San Mateo County Zoning Regulations, and a
Coastal Development Permit, pursuant to Section 6328.4 of the San
Mateo County Zoning Regulations, to allow seasonal commercial
recreation activities at the Arata Pumpkin Farm located at 185
Verde Road, in the unincorporated San Gregorio area of San Mateo
County. This project is appealable to the California Coastal
Commission. File Number PLN2015-00084. (Gounalakis)
7:59 Rob Bartoli presented the staff report, addressing the Agricultural
Advisory Committee’s questions posed at its May 11 meeting. The AAC
discussed the proposal.
8:17 Fred Crowder stated that he had determined that the value of the
agricultural production on the land is least $10,000 and that agriculture is
the primary use on the land.
8:42 The AAC discussed Questions 1 and 2 from the staff report:
1. Will the proposal have any negative effect on surrounding agricultural
uses? If so, can any conditions of approval be recommended to minimize
any such impact?
2. What position do you recommend that the Planning Department staff
take with respect to the application for this project?
8:53 Peter Marchi moved to state that the project would not have a negative
impact on surrounding agriculture because the two-year term would
provide sufficient opportunity to monitor compliance within the term of
the permit. April Vargas seconded the motion.
8:59 Roll call vote.
Yes: April Vargas, Peter Marchi
No: BJ Burns, Marilyn Johnson, Louie Figone
Abstain: Brenda Bonner
The motion was rejected.
9:01 The AAC discussed the exception to the minimum parcel size required by
the County’s Williamson Act program and the specific findings required
to grant the exception.
9:04 Fred Crowder repeated that he had determined that the value of the
agricultural production on the land is least $10,000 and that agriculture is
the primary use on the land, and added that he could not make a
recommendation regarding the finding that retaining agriculture on the
site is a “significant public benefit” because that term is undefined.
The AAC discussed whether the agriculture on the site created a
significant public benefit.
9:15 Brenda Bonner moved to recommend that the exception to the minimum
parcel size requirement not be granted. Marilyn Johnson seconded the
motion.
Roll call vote.
Yes: Brenda Bonner , BJ Burns, Louie Figone, Marilyn Johnson
No: Peter Marchi
Abstain: April Vargas
The motion was approved.
6. Consideration of a Planned Agricultural District Permit and Use
Permit pursuant to Sections 6361, 6350, and 6405 of the San Mateo
County Zoning Regulations, and a Coastal Development Permit,
pursuant to Section 6328.4 of the San Mateo County Zoning
Regulations, to co-locate a new wireless telecommunication facility at
an existing wireless telecommunication site, north of Highway 92, at
78 Pilarcitos Creek in the unincorporated rural Midcoast area of San
Mateo County. File Number: PLN 2015-00002 (AT&T Mobility)
9:25 Rob Bartoli of the Planning Department presented the staff report.
Marilyn Johnson moved to recommend that the Planning Commission
approve the application. BJ Burns seconded the motion. The motion was
approved with Peter Marchi abstaining.
7. Consideration of the Action Minutes for the May 11, 2015, regular
meeting.
9:30 Louie Figone moved to approve the minutes as mailed. BJ Burns
seconded the motion. The AAC approved the motion, with Marilyn
Johnson abstaining.
Adjournment

 

 

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP &CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT SCOPING MEETING

PESCADERO‐BUTANO CREEK WATERSHED
SEDIMENT REDUCTION AND HABITAT ENHANCEMENT
BASIN PLAN AMENDMENT

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Pescadero Community Church
363 Stage Road
Pescadero, CA 94060

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) staff will
hold a public meeting pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (Public Resources Code
section 21000 et seq., CEQA) to seek public input to define the project scope in connection with an upcoming
proposed amendment to the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay Basin (Basin Plan).
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The Water Board has identified Pescadero and Butano Creeks as impaired due to excessive deposition of sand
and finer sediment in the streambed and degradation of steelhead habitat. The proposed Basin Plan amendment
is a water quality restoration plan designed to facilitate conservation of steelhead and coho salmon populations,
by reducing the supply of sand and finer sediment, and by enhancing aquatic habitat complexity and connectivity.
The amendment would:
1. Establish a total maxim daily load (TMDL) for sediment in the Pescadero‐Butano watershed,
including targets and allocations to identified sources of sediment, and also targets for habitat
enhancement; and
2. Establish an implementation plan to achieve the sediment TMDL and enhance habitat complexity
and connectivity.
MEETING FORMAT
The meeting will consist of a public workshop where we will provide a description of the TMDL, followed by a
question and answer session. Immediately following the workshop, Water Board staff will open a public scoping
meeting, pursuant to CEQA on the TMDL project. The Water Board is required by CEQA to evaluate the potential
environmental impacts of the TMDL and will incorporate this environmental analysis into the TMDL staff report
and Basin Plan amendment.
Staff Contact: Setenay Bozkurt‐Frucht at (510) 622‐2388 or via email to sfrucht@waterboards.ca.gov

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Coast Dairies National Monument Is that a good idea?
The Potential Benefits
& Negative Impacts
Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Bonny Doon School Multipurpose Room
Pine Flat Road & Ice Cream Grade

If Coast Dairies becomes a national monument it is likely to have major impacts on
Bonny Doon, Davenport, Swanton, the North Coast beaches, Mission Street, Highway 1
between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, and on the
ability of local First Responders to handle emergencies and enforce laws.
And, of course, on the flora and fauna and environment at Coast Dairies.
The backers of the monument campaign say it will provide more money for stewardship
and facilities and that the expected increase in visitation will be gradual and
manageable. Opponents say it will bring tens or hundreds of thousands of additional
visitors, which will have negative impacts on the beaches, on traffic, on neighboring
communities, on emergency services, and on the sensitive animals and plants that the
acquisition of the 5,800 acre property was aimed at protecting.
This will be our best opportunity to understand
the real facts about the monument proposal.
GUESTS: Dan Haifley, chair of the monument campaign committee; Shelley Ratay,
Sempervirens Fund executive director; Rick Cooper, Bureau of Land Management
Hollister Field Office Director; Val Lopez, Amah Matsun Tribal Band chairman;
Supervisor Ryan Coonerty; Sheriff Jim Hart; County Fire Chief Scotty Jalbert;
Ecologist Grey Hayes; Wildlife Photographer Frans Lanting.
To stay on top of news regarding the Coast Dairies National Monument issue, visit:
FriendsOfTheNorthCoast.org
bonnydoon.got.net
Join the Facebook Group: Friends of the North Coast 

Presented by the Rural Bonny Doon Association