Posted on: July 24, 2017

Plan Half Moon Bay - Updating the City's General Plan/Local Coastal Program


In summer 2013, the City of Half Moon Bay initiated a process to update its General Plan, Local Coastal Program (LCP), and Zoning Ordinance. The current General Plan and LCP elements are dated from the early 1990s, and are no longer reflective of the community’s current conditions or priorities. This project presents an opportunity for the community to define a common vision for the future, and will provide planning policies and regulation to effectively carry out that vision. 

The process is called Plan Half Moon Bay - please visit for updated information and upcoming opportunities to be involved. Plan Half Moon Bay has already engaged with hundreds of community members at meetings, scoping sessions, and workshops, and through surveys, written materials, and other contacts.

Project Status/Schedule

The General Plan and LCP Update consists of 9 main steps. Here is the project status for each:

1. Project Initiation and Community InvolvementCompleted
2. Visioning and Issue IdentificationCompleted
3. Existing Conditions, Trends, and Opportunities AssessmentCompleted
4. Preferred PlanCompleted
5. Draft General Plan and Local Coastal Program UpdateIn Progress
6. Housing ElementCompleted
7. Zoning Update and Local Coastal Implementation PlanUpcoming
8. Environmental Impact ReportUpcoming
9. Hearings and AdoptionUpcoming

At each stage, there are opportunities for community involvement and input, including Community workshops and study sessions of the City Council and the Planning Commission. Additionally, questions or comments about the plan and process are welcome at any time.

A fully updated General Plan and LCP will ensure that future development enhances community character and identity, provides a sound framework for economic growth, and protects coastal resources and public coastal access.

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