HDAAG (Handy-Dandy Acronym/Abbreviation Guide)
ABAG: Association of Bay Area
Association of Governments
Impact Report: Analyzes the effect on the environment of significant
"seekwa") -- The California Environmental Quality Act. EIRs are
prepared as required by CEQA.
Sanitary District: A Special District which provides sewer service and solid
waste pickup in El Granada, Princeton, and the northern portion of the City
of Half Moon Bay.
Hetch Hetchy Water and Power system is a conglomerate of dams, hydroelectric
plants, reservoirs, aqueducts, pipelines and transmission lines which provide
drinking water to the City of San Francisco and several Bay Area counties. Native
Americans bestowed the name Hetch-Hetchy on the valley - for a wild grass
that grew there
Sanitary District -- ditto for Moss Beach and Montara.
Authority Midcoast -- a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) agency which operates
the sewer plant on behalf of Half Moon Bay, GSD, and MSD.
LAFCo: Local Agency
LCP: Local Coastal Program -- Specific
implementations of the Coastal Act by cities and counties. Defines how
development can take place in the Coastal Zone.
FOG: Forms of Government; a
subcommitte of the MCC, devoted to exploring the possibility of gaining local control for the Midcoast
MCC: Midcoast Community Council -- a
locally elected advisory board to the San Mateo County Board of Stupervisors.
NIMBY: Not In My
Back Yard (someone who doesn't want certain things in his/her immediate vicinity, like a
bypass or big housing
Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District
Occupancy Tax; tax revenue created by hotels
TOT: A room tax
collected by hotels, which goes to the local government entity, unlike sales
tax and property tax of which local governments only receive a portion.
SOME OTHER LOCAL GROUPS:
Harbor Commission: A Special District which operates
the Pillar Point and Oyster Point Harbors.
TERMS TO BANDY ABOUT WHEN DISCUSSING COASTAL POLITICS:
definition in the LCP of the maximum amount of building which can take place
on the coastside.
Carrying capacity: The amount of development which
the infrastructure and the environment can support.
Cherry stem: The part of Half Moon Bay that
extends up the coast adjacent
to El Granada
Jobs/housing balance: The ideal ratio of jobs to
housing in a community that
would cause it to be self-sustaining
parcel which is smaller than the minimum parcel size specified by the zoning.
Much of Miramar is zoned for 10,000 square foot parcels, making 8000 square
foot parcels non-conforming, even though they are not substandard.
Sewer transfer: The selling of unused
Priority-designated sewer capacity from commercial properties to non-priority
residential use(Water transfer: Ditto for water connections).
Substandard Lot: A lot which is less than 5000
square feet, the minimum size allowed for subdividing residential land.