Project Proposal for Hyatt

An application for a new Hyatt hotel has been under review with the City since 2016.

This private development proposal has not been approved, nor has the robust project and environmental review process that precedes consideration of approval been completed. This proposal involves only private property on land that is zoned Planned Development.

The applicant requests City consideration of discretionary actions including a Coastal Development Permit and site and design review. Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to evaluate the potential environmental effects of the proposed project is required.

As part of the process, the Half Moon Bay Planning Commission must consider community input, review the entire project record including plans and studies, and act to approve or deny the project.

Due to the project’s location, final City decisions on this proposal may be appealed to the California Coastal Commission. At various phases of this process there have been and will continue to be opportunities for community discussion and input. A project must complete all elements of this process in order to be considered for final approval.

This comprehensive process helps ensure that a project is consistent with the California Coastal Act, City policies and objectives, is in line with the community’s values, principles, and standards, and takes into consideration environmental protection and support.

Here is a brief overview of the project (updated October 2019):

Project Proposal for the Hyatt Hotel

The proposed Hyatt Place September 2018 submittal is posted here.

Project Location: 1191 Main Street, north of the intersection of Highway 1 and Main Street, south of the James Ford Auto Dealership (see map below)

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Description (preliminary/approximate):

5 acre site

129 hotel rooms, approximately 90,500 square feet in three stories

Conference meeting space of up to 2,700 square feet

Up to 146 parking spaces

Bicycle & pedestrian paths

Status and Next Steps: 

2017: The applicant has been developing the proposal for the hotel project for more than two years. An environmental consultant was hired in April 2017, and preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is underway, at the applicant’s expense. A biological resources report evaluation was prepared and circulated to regulatory agencies for comment in fall 2017.

2018: A Notice of Preparation (NOP) was circulated from March 22 – April 20, 2018, and a Planning Commission Study Session was held on March 27, 2018 to gather input on what issues should be addressed in the EIR. A further study session, on the project design, was held by the Planning Commission on October 9, 2018 to gather input and to provide further comments. 

2019: Refined project plans were submitted to the City January 29, 2019.  This included a reduction in the number of guest rooms, reduced overall square footage and parking as well as moving the proposed buildings outside of a 100 foot wetlands buffer.  Preparation is underway for circulation of a draft EIR for public comment in the near future.

January 2020: Revised site and elevation plans were submitted to the City January 2020 by the applicant.

March 2020: Meeting of the AAC was cancelled due to COVID-19. Complete revised plans were submitted for the March 19, 2020  and for the Environmental Impact Report.

July 16, 2020: Architectural Advisory Committee Meeting 8:30AM - Remote/Virtual Meeting

Project plan sets are also available at City Hall for review by appointment.

Note regarding the July 16, 2020 AAC meeting:  The AAC’s focus is design review. The staff memo to the AAC is provided here, on the AAC agenda page. The Committee’s comments will help inform the development of the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in areas related to design, aesthetics, and impacts to visual resources.  The AAC members are professionals in design related fields and the committee’s meeting format includes an applicant presentation followed by a collaborative working session among committee members.  There will be time for public comment at the AAC meeting, and there will be ample opportunity for further public comments as the project review progresses through the upcoming Draft EIR stage and when the proposal is before the Planning Commission and the City Council.

If you have any questions, please contact Tara Hatcher at the City of Half Moon Bay Community Development Department, 501 Main Street, or at thatcher@hmbcity.com or (650) 726-8270.

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