RV Park Proposed for California Coast City
Developers have received initial approval to turn an eight-acre agricultural site in Half Moon Bay, Calif., into an RV park.
The Half Moon Bay Planning Commission approved rezoning for the plot on Feb. 14, but the request still needs approval from the Half Moon Bay City Council and the California Coastal Commission to become valid. The rezoning would constitute a change to the city's Local Coastal Program and zoning map, according to the Half Moon Bay Review and Pescadero Pebble.
The RV park would go in next to Cameron's Restaurant and Inn, located on Highway 1 a mile south of the center of Half Moon Bay. The city is 15 miles south of San Francisco. The project would be a joint endeavor between Cameron Palmer, the owner of Cameron's, and Nurserymen's Exchange, the Coastside's biggest agricultural employer.
The plot was once used to grow flowers and potted plants, but has been idle since 2005, according to an economic viability evaluation from the applicant in the city's staff report. The report notes that for the last 30 years, growing on the parcel depended on piped in water and utilized relatively poor soils.
Rezoning, from the A-1 Exclusive Floriculture designation to Commercial Visitor Serving, is the first step toward a campground, said Half Moon Bay Planning Director Steve Flint. Permits for the buildings themselves are a separate proposition, and will follow the same route to the Coastal Commission – if the rezoning is approved.
The initial request specified few details of the RV park other than a sewer line would be built leading to the campground. The Coastal Commission indicated problems with a growth-inducing, larger sewer line, Flint said.
Flint noted that much of the surrounding area was undeveloped due to inadequate sewer capacity. A larger line would open up the potential, leading to concerns about crossing wetlands with access roads, and other issues that new development would present in the sensitive coastal area, he added.
The Coastal Commission asked that the zoning change and plans for new construction on the site be considered separately, said Flint. Studies and plans for the new facility, including the sewer line, are not yet firm, he added.