On Tuesday morning three San Mateo County Planning Commissioners approved the overblown Big Wave office park project next to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and Maverick's surf break. The County Planning Commissioners make decisions on projects located in unincorporated areas.
Three County Planning Commissioners with poor judgment:
After the Planning Commission hearing Chris Ranken of Pacifica said, "The eight subdivisions of existing land indicate the land owner is planning to sell parcels." Ranken said he approved the project because, "It will bring tax revenue to the coast." When it was pointed out that tax revenue would go to the County not the unincorporated coastside Ranken looked confused as if he was thinking of his days on the Pacifica Planning Commission.
The Board of Supervisors should require that County Planning Commissioners live in an unincorporated area.
County Planning, Public Works and the Board of Supervisors have a long history of failing to providing basic infrastructure for the unincorporated Coastside. Very little tax revenue goes towards projects in the unincorporated areas of the County. If a neighborhood needs a road replaced, street lights or storm-water drainage improvements Jim Porter the Director of Public Works meets with the community and tells folks they will have to pay for an assessment district. The Board of Supervisors is happy to allow new development but neglects to put money back into roads and infrastructure.