Wednesday, March 30, 2011
California Group Home OK'd; Appeal Likely
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Fans of the controversial "Big Wave" development erupted in cheers, hugs and tears Tuesday as the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved land-use permits for a Coastside office complex and living facility for adults with developmental disabilities.
Project applicant Scott Holmes was dry-eyed, however. Opponents of the project, who appealed the project to the Board of Supervisors, have promised to appeal Tuesday's decision to the California Coastal Commission on the grounds that the proposal -- which includes eight office buildings and housing for 50 developmentally disabled adults, along with 20 caretakers -- is just too big for its location in a vacant field next to Half Moon Bay Airport.
There's also the fact that the project is located entirely within a tsunami evacuation zone, adding a darkly ironic twist to the project's nickname.