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Local Coastal Program Prioritized; Comment Period Ends 2/14

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2017

Contact: Jill Ekas
Planning Manager
(650) 726-8270

Local Coastal Program to be Prioritized for Completion, Followed by General Plan  
Comment Period on Draft Documents Ends February 14

Half Moon Bay, CA - The General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) completed its 16th session last Thursday, January 26, and has announced a date for closing the lengthy public comment period on the draft documents related to the General Plan and Local Coastal Plan. The comment period on this phase's draft documents ends on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at 5 pm.

This schedule reflects the City Council’s action at its January 17, 2017 meeting, at which staff was directed to separate the Local Coastal Program (LCP) from the General Plan Elements, and prioritize completion of the LCP. That will involve revising the LCP by incorporating GPAC and community input, and bringing it to the Planning Commission for discussion and review. After that process, the General Plan Elements will follow. With this direction, the GPAC has completed this phase of its review of the draft documents.

There will be a pause in the General Plan/Local Coastal Program community forums over the next several months to allow for preparation of revisions. Future sessions with the Planning Commission will be broadly announced, as will any remaining sessions with the GPAC, and community input opportunities will continue through the Planning Commission and City Council forums.

Members of the community are encouraged to take the opportunity before February 14 to review the draft documents at www.planhmb.org and provide comments:
The City is grateful to the members of our General Plan Advisory Committee and to those in the community who have so diligently participated,” said Half Moon Bay Mayor Debbie Ruddock. “Through 16 GPAC meetings, including nine in just the last 10 months, the abundance of constructive dialogue on this complex issue is truly appreciated - I urge everyone to continue their involvement as this process continues.”

More information about Plan Half Moon Bay and the General Plan Update is online at www.PlanHMB.org.

Located 28 miles south of San Francisco, the City of Half Moon Bay is a community of about 11,500 people, situated on the peninsula between forested hills and some of the most beautiful coastlines that California has to offer. Its historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses, and its celebrated beaches and parks are wonders of nature, accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. With its many activities and events, beautiful natural scenery, old-town charm, and abundance of retail and commercial services, Half Moon Bay is a regional destination. The City's website is www.hmbcity.com.

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