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Advanced Planning


  • Maintains and updates the Local Coastal Program (LCP) including its Local Coastal Land Use Plan (LCLUP) and the City’s General Plan and the various elements it contains.
  • Coordinates with regional, State, and Federal planning agencies to ensure consistency with the laws that govern land use, development, subdivision and environmental quality.

The City is currently working on a multi-year effort to comprehensively update the LCP and General Plan. Information on this process and opportunities to participate can be found at the Plan Half Moon Bay website:

HMB Existing Conditions Report  (7/2014)(due to size file this is located here/linked to PlanHMB website)

GP Update - Frequently Asked Questions.12.10.14


 The primary goal of the Local Coastal Program (LCP) is to ensure that the local government’s land use plans, zoning ordinances, zoning maps, and implementation actions meet the requirements, provisions and polices of the California Coastal Act. The Half Moon Bay Local Coastal Land Use Plan (LCLUP) and the Zoning Ordinance together constitute the "Local Coastal Program" (LCP) for the City’s coastal zone. The LCLUP is the policy component of the LCP; and the Zoning Ordinance, which is the City’s Local Coastal Implementation Plan (LCIP), provides standards and requirements that implement the LCLUP.


California planning law requires that each county and city in the state develop and adopt a General Plan. General Plans are comprehensive long-term policy direction for the physical development, preservation, and conservation of the county or city. In this sense, these plans act as a "blueprint" for the city. General Plans consist of a statement of policies and include diagrams and text setting forth goals, objectives, and principles. They also serve to direct plan implementation over time.  General Plans must address seven (7) State mandated elements:  Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Conservation, Open Space, Noise, and Safety. They may also contain optional elements determined to be of specific relevance to the jurisdiction. The General Plan may be adopted in any form deemed appropriate or convenient by the City Council, including the combining of elements. Because the City of Half Moon Bay is located entirely within the California Coastal Zone, the Local Coastal Land Use Plan serves as the City’s Land Use Element.

Adopted General Plan Elements:

Optional Element: