​​Welcome to the PlanHMB website!

This website will serve as your one-stop portal for information about the City of Half Moon Bay’s Update of the Local Coastal Program (LCP – which includes the Local Coastal Land Use Plan and Local Coastal Implementation Plan) and the General Plan. Here you will find up-to-date information about the project, studies and other work completed to date, contact information, and ways that you can participate. Please take a look around the site and join the conversation about the City’s future. Check back for updates on the planning process, access meeting materials and presentations, and review draft documents. If you’d like to receive email announcements about upcoming meetings and events, sign up here.

Upcoming Planning Commission Study Sessions:
The community is invited and encouraged to participate in upcoming study sessions on the draft LUP chapters (links to draft chapters below). At each session, there will be an opportunity for public comment as well as a Planning Commission discussion and Q&A with City staff.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - Study session on Chapter 6 - Natural Resources, and updated   biological maps
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 -
Study session on Chapter 5 - Coastal Access and Recreation; Chapter 7 - Coastal Hazards; Chapter 8 - Cultural Resources; and Chapter 9 - Scenic and Visual Resources. Staff will also give a brief overview of the Development chapter, which will subsequently be posted online at www.planhmb.org
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - Study session on Chapter 2 - Development; and Chapter 4 - Agriculture

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - Study session on Chapter 2 - Development

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - Study session on Chapter 2 - Development


Two important planning documents have been undergoing comprehensive review and update:  The Local Coastal Land Use Plan (LUP) and the General Plan (see “About” for more details on the scope of these documents). Complete drafts of both documents were prepared for public review in 2016, and extensive opportunities for community input were provided throughout 2016 and early 2017 on the first draft. In early 2017, the Half Moon Bay City Council prioritized completion of the LUP.

The LUP consists of 9 “chapters,” or focus areas. Several revised draft chapters were reviewed by the Planning Commission in summer 2017. Study sessions with the Planning Commission in fall 2017 reconfirmed guiding principles for the update and established a policy framework for the City’s updated plan.

Each chapter of the LUP undergoes an extensive process including review by the Planning Commission prior to presentation to the City Council for adoption. After adoption, the documents are conveyed to the California Coastal Commission for its final consideration. Once the LUP is adopted by City Council, which is anticipated in the first half of 2019, the General Plan update process will re-start.

Project Status/Schedule (updated in Fall, 2018)

Throughout 2018, City staff and an ad hoc subcommittee of the Planning Commission have been working with professional planners, biologists and policy advisors. The work has centered on advancing the policy framework established in November 2017 and incorporating extensive community input. Along the way, City Council and Planning Commission direction continue to be brought into the comprehensive update.

The chart below summarizes the status of each draft chapter of the LUP (click on the underlined Chapters to view the draft documents:

Local Coastal Land Use Plan (LCLUP)
Fully Revised and Restructured



Pending June 2019

Chapter 1

Pending June 2019
Chapter 2
December 2018
Chapter 3
Public Works
Pending June 2019
Chapter 4
October 2018
Chapter 5
Coastal Access and Recreation
October 2018
Chapter 6
Natural Resources
October 2018
Chapter 7
Coastal Hazards
October 2018
Chapter 8
Cultural Resources
October 2018
Chapter 9
Scenic and Visual Resources
October 2018
Pending June 2019

Links to Chapter 6 - Natural Resource MAPS: (As of Fall, 2018)

Figure 6-1 Habitat Types in the Planning Area

Figure 6-2 Habitat ESHAs

Figure 6-3 Special-Status Species ESHAs

Figure 6-4 Summary of ESHAs and Potential ESHAs

General Plan - All Elements - Draft

Housing Element
completed 2015
Circulation Element
completed 2014
Conservation and Open Space



Healthy Community (Optional)

Land Use Element - (Local Coastal Land Use Plan)