Biological Reports & Environmental Documents

As required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), passed by the California Legislature in 1970, the City of Half Moon Bay conducts environmental review of public and private projects before they are heard for approval. The environmental documents produced by the City are provided to both decision makers and the public for their consideration and comment. These environmental documents include Initial Studies/Negative Declarations (IS/ND) and Environmental Impact Reports (EIR). 

Some projects require a biological assessment. This takes place when there is a need to evaluate the potential effects of the proposed project on specified plant and animal species and habitat. The biological assessment determines whether any such species or habitat are likely to be adversely affected by the project. 


Environmental Review (CEQA):

1.  Highway 1, South Main Street, Higgins Canyon Road (APN: 065-012-030) - Hyatt Place Hotel Project

Notice of Preparation for Hyatt Place Hotel Project Environmental Impact Report (EIR) (Correction: updated comment date) The project includes the construction of a three-story hotel with related conference and kitchen facilities. There are two variants of the proposed project at this time. The one-building, three-story project variant proposes 141 guest rooms with up to 2,946 square feet of conference meeting space with 18 percent building coverage and up to 195 parking spaces. A two-building project variant proposes less conference meeting space and parking and a similar number of guest rooms. The project includes amenities supportive of coastal access and sustainable development practices. A bicycle/pedestrian path is proposed along the westerly side of the property, setback from the wetlands areas, and includes interpretive signage. Additional parking is proposed in excess of the City’s parking requirement and would be devoted to coastal visitors. The project includes rooftop solar panels as well as charging stations for electric vehicles.

Public comment period begins on March 22, 2018 and ends at 5:00 PM on April 20, 2018.

Contact: Arthur Henriques, Consulting Project Manager, (650) 726.8270, 

Biological Resource Evaluation Technical Report Peer Review - Hyatt Place Hotel Project (original posting October 2017)

2. 2782 Pullman Avenue (APN: 048-121-100) - New Single Family Residence 

Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration: The proposal includes an application for a Coastal Development Permit, Architectural Review, Rear yard Setback Variance, Side Yard Setback Variance and Parking Exception to construct a 1,818 square foot two story residence and associated infrastructure, including a sewer line extension within the Pullman Avenue Right of Way.

The public is welcome to review the draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration. 

Public comment period begins on November 1 and ends at 5:00 PM on November 21, 2017.

Contact: Scott Phillips, Project Planner, (650) 726-8299

3.  100 Stone Pine Road (APN: 056-391-030) Two-story addition to Mariner’s Church

Half Moon Bay Municipal Code Section 18.20 requires the preparation of a Biological Resources Evaluation (BRE) for this project, due to the proximity to Pilaricitos Creek, and  allows agencies 45 days to review and comment on the BRE. Coastal Development Permit and Architectural Review (CDP 16-071) would permit the construction of a two-story addition to an existing 14,880 square foot two-story building and associated site improvements, located in an existing office park. The addition includes 3,341 sq. ft. on the first floor and 3,223 sq. ft. on the second floor, for a total of 6,564 sq. ft. The proposed first floor expansion includes accessibility improvements, additional storage, restroom, and expanded activity areas. The second-floor expansion includes new office and meeting space. 

Contact: Doug Garrison, Senior Planner, (650) 712-5836

Mariner’s Church Expansion Biological Resources Assessment

Biological Resource Assessment Review (Local Coastal Program):

1. 901 Arnold Way (APN: 056-210-280) - Landscape Improvements to Sea Crest School

Biological Resource Evaluation is intended to support the issuance of a Coastal Development Permit in accordance with Chapter 18.20 of the City of Half Moon Bay Municipal Code. The City’s Zoning Code requires that agencies review the biological resource evaluation and have 45 days from the date the report is received to provide the City with comments on the adequacy of the reports and any suggested mitigation measures deemed appropriate.

Review period begins on March 20, 2018 and ends at 5:00 PM on May 4, 2018.

Contact: Brittney Cozzolino, Project Planner, (650) 750-2014 or


The references below provide more information about the required environmental review process: