The Montara Water and Sanitary District is looking to acquire a Caltrans property that extends from Montara to Moss Beach. District officials indicated that they intend to pursue the area not only for water extraction, but also recreation and open space protection.
MWSD officials said they have wanted to consider parks and recreation for years. However, the district, which is responsible for managing water, waste and refuse, doesn’t currently have parks nor recreation as one of its designated purposes. With that in mind, interest in the bypass land has raised a few eyebrows, and a question: What’s the best way to get the authority for recreation?
“In order for MWSD to be successful in this effort, they either need to partner up with an agency with the authority and resources for recreation opportunities and amenities, or get recreation in its powers,” said Steve Monowitz, the San Mateo County Planning and Building Department community development director.
In either case, MWSD will need help from other agencies. The county has already passed a resolution to support the endeavor, and MWSD is drumming up interest with others. The California Coastal Commission is expected to coordinate a meeting at which stakeholders can discuss MWSD’s quest to acquire the property.
District officials will also have to ensure they comply with county codes laid out by the Local Agency Formation Commission. County codes state that local agencies may use any water or land under their control for recreational purposes, but for new or different…
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