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Resolution No. 98-26

Resolution of the Board of Directors of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Declaring the Board's Intent to Establish an Advisory Committee for the Purpose of Reviewing and Recommending Revisions to District Policies as They Relate to the Coastal Area of San Mateo County Under Consideration for Possible Annexation Into the District

 

Whereas, the Board of Directors of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District was requested by the Half Moon Bay City Council, the Midcoast Community Council, and the Pescadero Municipal Advisory Council to research possible methods of preserving open space on the San Mateo County coast; and


Whereas, the District has researched the various mechanisms, organizations, and entities that might be involved in coastal land preservation, and believes that a feasible and appropriate method of preserving open space resources on the coast is through extension of the District boundaries to include the coastal area west of Skyline Boulevard to the San Mateo County coast, from the southern boundary of the City of Pacifica to the Santa Cruz County line; and


Whereas,
the District held two community information meetings in the coastal area under consideration for annexation, during which the questions and concerns of the coastal communities were raised and discussed, particularly related to specific policies of the District and how they would be implemented in the coastal area, if any annexation were to take place; and


Whereas,
the Board of Directors finds that a review and discussion of the specific District policies raised at the community information meetings would be very valuable, with the objective of considering modifications to those policies to more accurately reflect the differing geographic features and land uses in any coastal area under consideration for potential annexation, and that these policies are appropriate were any coastal area to be annexed at any time in the future; and


Whereas,
the Board of Directors specifically intends to review the policy on

(1) land acquisition, focusing on alternative methods of preservation such as purchase of conservation easements;
(2) the policy of eminent domain, specifically stating that acquisition of agricultural or ranch lands on the coast will be from willing sellers only, and that the District would not use eminent domain to acquire anyone's home;
(3) the policy of agricultural use, focusing on ways and means of preserving agricultural use on the coast, such as purchase of development rights or agricultural conservation easements; and,
(4) other policies as identified in the future; and


Whereas,
at its meeting of June 24, 1998 the Board of Directors will consider placing an advisory measure on the November 3, 1998 ballot to determine if the voters in coastal San Mateo County west of Skyline from the southern boundary of Pacifica to the Santa Cruz County line wish their area to be annexed into the jurisdiction of the District; and


Whereas,
if the Board places an advisory measure on the November 3, 1998 ballot, and if that measure is approved by the voters, and if the Board then determines to proceed with a proposed annexation of any coastal area either then or in the future, then the Board will form and convene an advisory committee consisting of representatives of the coastal area, which will review, discuss, and recommend revisions to specified District policies related to the area under consideration for annexation, and will include input from a wide range of community and special interest groups on the coastside.


Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved
that the Board of Directors of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District hereby declares its intent to form a coastal advisory committee for the purpose of reviewing and recommending revisions to specified District policies, including acquisition, eminent domain, and agricultural use, as they relate to the coastal area under consideration for possible annexation, if the Board places an advisory measure on the November 3, 1998 ballot and if that measure is approved by the voters and if the Board then determines to proceed with any annexation of any coastal area either then or in the future.

Passed And Adopted by the Board of Directors of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District on June 24, 1998 at a regular meeting thereof, by the following vote:

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

Abstain: None

Absent: None

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