Project Proposal for Hyatt

The proposed Hyatt Place project has been under design and environmental review for several years. 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.

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. The Architectural Advisory Committee will review the project design and make recommendations to the Planning Commission. 

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.

Project Location: 5-acre parcel at 1191 Main Street (undeveloped parcel north of the intersection of Highway 1 and South Main Street); 1.45-acre parcel at 1200 Main Street (James Ford Auto Dealership site); and 1.25-acre parcel on the northeast corner of Cabrillo Highway South and Seymour Street (used for James Ford Auto Dealership parking).

Project Update: 

June 2021:  The project applicant has brought forward a new project alternative which will undergo design review and be considered in the EIR as the applicant’s “Preferred Alternative.” The revised project includes the following, with key changes highlighted in blue:

  • 102-room hotel (reduced from 129 rooms) including the following:
    1. Two main buildings:  One 3-story building, and one 2-story building
    2. Incorporated conference rooms
    3. Various site and service amenities
    4. Wetland restoration
    5. Multi-use bicycle and pedestrian path
    6. Bicycles and facilities and EV charging stations
  • Expansion of the existing auto dealership to the south
  • Eight lot subdivision for duplex development on the north side of Seymour Street

The updated project plans can be viewed here. Project plan sets are also available at City Hall for review by appointment at the Community Development Department (650) 726-8270.

Scroll down for information about next steps including upcoming meetings, as well as past versions of the plans and previous public meetings.

Next Steps: 

Tuesday - June 29, 2021 - Joint Study Session:

  • Planning Commission and Architectural Advisory Committee
  • 7:00 PM via Zoom
  • Virtual meeting information will be posted on the Planning Commission Agenda Page at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. 

The purpose of the joint study session is to reintroduce the project to the community, Planning Commission, and Architectural Advisory Committee in that it has changed significantly since the previous public meetings. The focus of the session will be project updates and design details. 

Story poles were installed for this Study Session

Community members may study the story pole installation which depicts the overall height and footprint of the two main hotel buildings. The story poles will assist the Planning Commission and Architectural Advisory Committee in their consideration of project design, bulk, mass, and potential impacts on visual resources. 

Community members are invited to attend and encouraged to make comments during a public forum portion of the session. 

The Study Session will not focus on the EIR, which is not yet complete. Later in summer 2021, the EIR should be ready for public review and will be considered by the Planning Commission at a public hearing. 

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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. 

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