Major Housing Project to Burden Neighborhood Roads & Infrastructure 

Proposal in Process

“Five "significant and unavoidable” traffic impacts”
   - Kittelson Traffic Impact Analysis
“there could hardly be a much worse location…”
   - The Sierra Club Loma Prieta chapter
Kittleson Projected MB Traffic Flow web-

MidPen Housing is in the process of purchasing an 11 acre undeveloped property on the border of Moss Beach and Montara, across Highway 1 from Point Montara Lighthouse, proposing to build a multi-unit housing project. Although we recognize the need for affordable housing in San Mateo County, we believe this isolated location is inappropriate, and the project is too big and will overwhelm the small surrounding neighborhood. This project will significantly impact traffic, road safety, the environment, and an already failing sewer system.

The property is ill-suited for a large cluster of housing units. It is located at a dangerous blind curve on Highway 1, isolated from any community-oriented services, lacking infrastructure, adequate transit and walkability.


This development could increase the population of Moss Beach East of HWY 1 by 26% and worsen traffic problems, road safety, and environmental conditions.

Watch our video to get a visual explanation as to why Moss Beach does not have the road infrastructure to support a large-scale housing project.

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The 11 acre parcel is located at a dangerous blind curve on HWY 1, across from the historic Point Montara Lighthouse on the border of Moss Beach and Montara.

Location and Zoning Concerns


This land has been owned by California School Employees Association (CSEA) since 1969, and has been open space parkland for public use for generations. During World War II, it was a top-secret Navy artillery training center.


In 1986, the property was re-zoned as Planned Unit Development (PUD) #124, including a provision for 21% of units to be affordable housing. This zoning was consistent with a vision for a densely-populated Midcoast with a significant expansion of infrastructure, including plans for a multi-lane bypass around Devil’s Slide and thousands of new homes and businesses.

Two major subsequent events have permanently prevented the

realization of this vision, rendering the 1986 zoning change as

unnecessary and inappropriate:

• In 1996, a county-wide initiative replaced plans for a multi-lane bypass with a much smaller two-lane tunnel.

• From 2001 to 2003, POST purchased Rancho Corral de Tierra, thus removing 4,262 acres previously slotted for housing and urban development and permanently preserved the land as open space.

• In 2012, the LCP underwent a major revision, accounting for these constraints. However, the 1986 zoning was not accordingly changed but is still included in the current LCP.

• In 2013, the Lantos Tunnel was opened and traffic has dramatically increased on the coast. Considering our permanently constrained infrastructure and lack of adequate public services, the proposed location for a large housing complex is clearly inappropriate.