Coastal Commission

Condos on the Coastline

Regarding the article "Condos challenge Coastal Act" published Monday August 28th:

The Sierra Club is equally concerned about the proposed development for the old quarry in Pacifica. Developer R. Don Peebles proposes the same type of luxury development that not only is not aimed at ordinary families, but will impact ecologically sensitive habitat and endangered species. Pacificans said no to a similar proposal in 2002. However, this time the developer is even more of a concern than the development project (which is vague at best). Mr. Peebles has gone to great lengths to mislead the community by greenwashing his project, threatening to build a WalMart when that is not possible under the current zoning and Coastal Act protections, and using deceptive tactics to create the illusion of grassroots support. It is critical that the San Mateo Times and other reputable news sources cover this story accurately, thoroughly and most importantly in a timely manner. The residents of Pacifica have a right to know who they are being asked to make a deal with.

Time Bomb

A ticking time bomb awaits the California voter this November. Proposition 90, known as the "Protect Our Homes Act," would radically change the way in which land-use regulations are used (or largely voided) in California. A coalition of wealthy real estate moguls and Libertarian activists have been funding and promoting not only this initiative, but others in western states.

Sierra Club Says "NO" to Measure L

Dear Editor: [of the Pacifica Tribune]

Thank you for publishing Larry Nordgren's letter and for the opportunity to respond. Mr. Nordgren writes that he supports the giant housing, commercial, retail, hotel and convention center project proposed for the Pacifica quarry by Florida high-rise developer Don Peebles and suggests that Sierra Club should as well.

Full Text of 9212 report on Quarry Ballot Measure

As expected, the City has confirmed that there is no plan, there is no project, there are no tangible benefits to the City nor to us, its citizens, in this ballot measure, nor any way to determine prior to the November 7th election what damage 355 houses in the Quarry would cause to our traffic or our environment.

Community and Development

Mr. Peebles, the Florida-based developer who bought the quarry property west of Reina del Mar, held a public meeting on Saturday, July 8th. The dozens of attendees listened to Mr. Peebles' presentation, most of which was a restatement of his plan announced in June to develop 40 acres of the parcel with 355 housing units together with variety of retail and commercial including a 350-room luxury hotel. Those present asked questions and expressed views about the merits of the plan and the initiative, which Mr. Peebles has launched to change the zoning on the parcel to permit housing. Many of those attending the meeting conveyed enthusiasm about the presentation; others expressed deep concern. These views are all heartfelt ones based on sincere beliefs and visions for the future. Although there is understandable passion about the outcome of Mr. Peebles' proposal, the most distressing aspect of the meeting was the recurrence of the hostility that surfaced during the last quarry development effort. Whether we agree or disagree, the views are beliefs of our neighbors, of people who live in our town and who will live in this town, whatever the outcome of the vote in November. I think that we should try to remember that that in the zeal to win approval for a project a casualty can be community accord and civility. We don't have to give in to the tendency to see our neighbors as "wrong" or "foolish," if we disagree about this project. We can remember, "This is my neighbor. He wants what he thinks will help this town. She wants to enjoy her vision of Pacifica." I know it is tempting to adopt the tone of former campaigns, but none of us needs additional anger. I am trying my best to remember the good intentions of those I disagree with, because in the end what matters most is the community of good-hearted people who make up Pacifica.

General Plan and LCP of Quarry

The1986 General Plan and Local Coastal Plan of the Quarry

The Quarry Charade

During March 2005 Melissa Hippard, Lennie Roberts, & myself met with R. Donahue Peebles of the Peebles Atlantic Corporation at the Conservation Center in Palo Alto. The subject of the meeting was a proposed development by Mr. Peebles of the landmark quarry in Rockaway Beach; the quarry is adjacent to the Pacific Ocean & SR 1.

Endangered species in quarry

At the charrette, Andres Duany said "There are no endangered species that have been identified, seen, or trapped."

A study of San Francisco Garter Snakes was already underway, the proposal for which clearly stated that:

Coastal Commission Web Site

It is at http://www.coastal.ca.gov

What is ESHA?

Under the Coastal Act, section 30107.5 defines an environmentally sensitive area as follows:

[A]ny area in which plant or animal life or their habitats are either rare or especially valuable

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