Supes to Consider SMC Management of Sharp Park Golf Course

Tuesday's meeting will also feature proposed garbage rate hikes for a part of the unincorporated county and the development of a controversial home in Stanford Weekend Acres.

The future of the Sharp Park Golf Course

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will consider what can be done to preserve the future of .

The plot of land that is owned and operated by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is one of only two public golf courses in San Mateo County.

It is also home to the threatened red legged-frog and endangered San Francisco garter snake. A suit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, based in Tucson, Arizona, seeks to have the course shut down in order to preserve the habitat for those species.

Though a federal judge denied a temporary injunction requested by plaintiffs to curb golf until the suit is decided, the case will continue in July.

The county fears for the potential loss it may suffer should the course be closed.

"Closing the golf course would have a negative impact on the City of Pacifica both environmentally and economically," said the report. "The City would lose park land and the esthetic beauty of a public golf course right on the ocean."

In the meantime, the county believes that the plot of land could be redesigned in a fashion that would allow for the rare species to exist without intrusion, as well as keep the golf course in operation.

If approved by supervisors, the County Manager's office could enter into negotiations for a possible partnership between San Mateo County and the City and County of San Francisco regarding how Sharp Park is handled in the future.

Garbage rate hike

Residents in part of unincorporated San Mateo County may face a nearly $4 per month spike in their garbage collection bill over the course of the coming year under a proposal being addressed by the county Board of Supervisors tomorrow.

The county last year began a contract with Recology San Mateo to provide garbage, green waste and recycling collection services across the region from Menlo Park to Burlingame.

According to a county report, the proposed 14.7% rate hike is necessary to cover increased costs Recology has incurred due to changes in service, expense fluctuations in the market, worker compensation and equipment.

The approved rate hike would increase the monthly collection bill for the average 32-gallon can by $3.93.

In the past year, the company increased collection of recycling and green waste materials by 30% and decreased garbage disposal by 19%.

The South Bayside Waste Management Authority, which operates the landfill and recycling center that receives collections from Recology San Mateo, said the increased diversion of collected material will increase the life of the county's landfill.

If supervisors elect to vote against the proposed rate increase, SBWMA projects a $362,888 revenue shortfall, according to the report.

The public is invited to speak before supervisors take action on the issue. County staff has recommended an approval vote.

Stanford development

The Board will again hear a proposal by Ramin Shahidi to develop his property in the Stanford Weekend Acres community, an unincorporated region of the county.

Shahidi's previous proposal to build a large home on the same property prompted supervisors - amidst outrage from neighbors - to alter zoning regulations that would limit homes of that size from being built in the community.

His most recent proposal is to split his current plot of land into two parcels, on which he hopes to build two separate homes, each approximately 2,000 square feet, rather than one large home.

As part of the proposal, Shahidi has agreed to demolish an existing structure on his property which hangs near a cliff backing up onto San Francisquito Creek that county administrators believe poses a threat for erosion.

"Approval of this project will allow the County to require the demolition and relocation of the rear residence and will therefore minimize health and safety concerns and potential impacts to San Francisquito Creek," said the report.

The county has no authority to require the structure's demolition without approving the parcel subdivision, said the report.

The Board of Supervisors meets to address these issues, and more, Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. in the board chambers located at 400 County Center, Redwood City.

To view the full agenda for the meeting, click here

steve January 24, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Golf courses can be managed to be friendly to both golfers and wildlife. Look up national Audobon Certification for golf courses. In the end result is win win for all parties
hutch January 24, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I agree Steve. The environmentalists need to realize the service this golf course provides to the Bay Area. They should stop trying to shut down Sharp Park and work with authorities so that golfers and frogs can co-exist. Their all or nothing attitude has stopped progress in Pacifica over and over. For tens of thousands of golfers, Sharp Park is the only affordable public course around. Preserving wildlife is very important, but human beings are more important.
Mary Ann Nihart January 26, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Yes, that is why I took a half day off of work to speak in front of the San Mateo County Supervisors. Pacifica is working every step of the way with the agencies who can help protect the snakes and frogs as well as protecting our city. Thank you Supervisors one and all for your support in moving forward.
Paul Slavin January 28, 2012 at 09:37 PM
The course IS being managed to be friendly to the frogs - their population is booming, as Judge Illston noted in denying the enviro's injunction request. The problem is that certain extreme elements of the greater environmental movement simply want that land and will not be satisfied until they can hang a "Wild Equity Institute" sign on the Sharp Park clubhouse.


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