Agenda 02/23/2002 RPV, City, Council, Meeting, 2002, Agenda RPV City Council Meeting Agenda for 02/23/2002 Rancho Palos Verdes City Council Agenda February 23, 2002
February 23, 2002

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BEGINNING OF CITY COUNCIL AGENDA

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RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL

ADJOURNED REGULAR MEETING

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2002
HESSE PARK, 29301 HAWTHORNE BOULEVARD



CALL TO ORDER:

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:


SCHEDULE OF INTERVIEWS


Group 1 9:00 A.M. 10:00 A.M.
Group 2 10:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Group 3 11:00 A.M. 12:00 Noon
Lunch Break: 12:00 P.M. 12:30 P.M.
Group 4 12:30 P.M. 1:30 P.M.
2:00 P.M.
   


1. Discussion of proposed golf course for County landfill area.


2. Authorize Mayor to sign letter to FAA regarding:
    1. Object to Redesigned FAA Air Space at LAX
    2. Enforce the turbo props crossing over the PVP shoreline at 5000 msl
    3. Move more of the turbo props off the PVP and fly them over the ocean and around the PVP.


RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL
ADJOURNED REGULAR MEETING

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2002
HESSE PARK, 29301 HAWTHORNE BOULEVARD



CALL TO ORDER:

APPROVAL OF AGENDA:


SCHEDULE OF INTERVIEWS


Group 1 9:00 A.M. 10:00 A.M.
Group 2 10:00 A.M. 11:00 A.M.
Group 3 11:00 A.M. 12:00 Noon
Lunch Break: 12:00 P.M. 12:30 P.M.
Group 4 12:30 P.M. 1:30 P.M.

2:00 P.M.

   





1. Discussion of proposed golf course for County landfill area.

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBERS

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING & CODE ENFORCEMENT

DATE: FEBRUARY 23, 2002

SUBJECT: NOTICE OF PREPARATION AND INITIAL STUDY FOR THE NEW SOUTH COAST COUNTY GOLF COURSE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT

Staff Coordinator:Kit Fox, aicp, Senior Planner

RECOMMENDATION

Review the Notice of Preparation (NOP) and related materials, and provide direction to Staff as deemed appropriate.

BACKGROUND

At the February 19, 2002 City Council meeting, the City Council directed Staff to agendize this matter for the Council’s review and discussion at today’s meeting.

DISCUSSION

Staff has prepared a draft comment letter on the NOP for the City Council’s review and input. Copies of the draft comment letter and NOP are attached to this report. The comment period ends on March 12, 2002. Staff contacted Joan Davidson regarding the information she discussed at the February 19th City Council meeting, but Mrs. Davidson was not able to provide copies of these materials in time to be attached to this report. Staff will obtain copies of all of Mrs. Davidson’s information. In addition, the City Attorney is researching records of the State Water Resources Board and other agencies for information regarding the former Palos Verdes landfill. Once these materials are received by Staff, we will revise the draft comment letter accordingly and present the revised letter to the City Council at the March 11, 2002 meeting for final comments before submitting the letter to the County by the March 12th deadline.

Respectfully submitted:
Joel Rojas, aicp, Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement

Reviewed by:
Les Evans, City Manager

Attachments:
Draft comment letter on the NOP
NOP for the proposed South Coast County Golf Course EIR


23 February 2002

 

Larry Hensley, Acting Chief of Planning
County of Los Angeles
Department of Parks and Recreation
433 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90020

SUBJECT

Comments in Response to the Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the Proposed South Coast County Golf Course


Dear Mr. Hensley:

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes appreciates the opportunity to comment upon the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the above-mentioned project. The City respectfully requests the inclusion of the following issues within the scope of the potential environmental impacts analyzed in conjunction with the proposed golf course:

1) The project description states that the site is surrounded by a variety of uses, including a school across Crenshaw Boulevard to the southeast. Although not identified by name, we assume that this is a reference to the private Rolling Hills Country Day School. It should also be noted that the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District (PVPUSD) has an elementary school campus (Rancho Vista) located at Palos Verdes Drive North and Moccasin Lane, which is less than three hundred fifty feet (350’) from the southwesterly boundary of the project site. Residents of Rancho Palos Verdes attend both of these schools.

The omission of the Rancho Vista Elementary School and the minimal references to the Rolling Hills Country Day School do not accurately reflect the sensitivity and vulnerability of these schools to the construction-related impacts of the proposed project. For example:

a) The discussion of Air Quality in the Initial Study only identifies single- and multi-family residences as sensitive receptors likely to be affected by construction related air quality impacts. It makes no reference to either of the adjacent schools.

b) The discussion of Hazards and Hazardous Materials in the Initial Study notes that the impact of hazardous emissions or the handling of hazardous materials, substances or wastes on existing or proposed schools within a ¼-mile radius of the site is expected to be less than significant with the incorporation of mitigation measures. This assertion might be arguably valid if Rolling Hills Country Day School was the only nearby school, but with the addition of Rancho Vista Elementary School to the analysis, it seems more likely that the impact to these schools is more likely to be potentially significant, with or without mitigation.

Based on the foregoing comments, the City requests that the project description and EIR for the proposed South Coast County Golf Course be revised to accurately discuss the proximity of Rancho Vista Elementary School to the site, and to incorporate a comprehensive analysis of all of the environmental impacts likely to affect both adjacent schools.

2) In the discussion of Hazards and Hazardous Materials and Transportation/Traffic, the Initial Study states that the project is expected to result in less-than-significant impacts with respect to emergency response and evacuation plans. The project site is bounded by Hawthorne Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard, which are two of the major north-south arterials that connect the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Peninsula to the rest of the South Bay. The City is concerned that an incident on the project site involving hazardous materials, large-scale earth movement or some other catastrophic event—either during construction or after completion of the project—could block one or both of these arterials, thereby isolating the Peninsula and adversely affecting emergency response and/or the evacuation of residents. As such, the City requests that the EIR for the proposed South Coast County Golf Course include a more detailed discussion of project impacts upon emergency response and evacuation plans for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the Peninsula as a whole.

3) The discussion of Hydrology and Water Quality impacts in the Initial Study notes that less-than-significant impacts are expected. The City of Rancho Palos Verdes has extensive first-hand knowledge of the adverse impacts that can result from the infiltration of water into areas with questionable soil stability. Although the Initial Study suggests a number of methods to limit or prevent the infiltration of surface runoff (i.e., subsurface drains, protective liners, etc.) resulting form the proposed project, the City recommends that the EIR include a comprehensive analysis of the methods by which existing and future drainage problems—both on- and off-site—can be improved or corrected by the proposed project.

4) The discussion of Transportation/Traffic impacts in the Initial Study notes that potentially significant impacts are expected with respect to the level of service for roadways and intersections identified in the County’s Congestion Management Plan (CMP). Please note that the intersection of Western Avenue and Toscanini Drive in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes is one of the intersections that are monitored for compliance with the CMP. As such, the City requests that the traffic study and the EIR for the proposed South Coast County Golf Course include the intersection of Western Avenue and Toscanini Drive in the analysis of level-of-service impacts resulting from the proposed project.

5) The project description notes that two golf course design alternatives are proposed. Design A involves the relocation of the City of Rolling Hills Estates equestrian center to a different location on the site, and would be contingent upon the City of Rolling Hills Estates negotiating a lease with the County for the relocated equestrian center. Design B involves the relocation of the equestrian center off site, and would be contingent upon the acquisition of suitable private property to accommodate the relocated center. The project description also states that the new equestrian center would be required to accommodate one hundred fifteen (115) horses. The discussion of Recreation in the Initial Study only notes that "[the] relocation of the equestrian center is not anticipated to create a significant impact." Although the project description does not envision a project without a replacement equestrian center—either on-site or off-site—the environmental impacts of such an alternative should be considered in the EIR.

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes appreciates the unique character and ambiance that the many equestrian neighborhoods contribute to the City and the Peninsula as a whole, and we do not support the elimination of an equestrian center from the proposed project. However, in the event that neither of the scenarios envisioned under Designs A and B are achieved, the horses currently kept at the equestrian center would need to be kept somewhere else—most likely, somewhere else on the Peninsula. The City of Rancho Palos Verdes currently has very limited opportunities for commercial boarding, and the operation of commercial boarding facilities in residential neighborhoods has been a recurrent concern of the City Council and many City residents. As such, the City requests that the EIR for the proposed South Coast County Golf Course include the discussion of an alternative where no replacement equestrian center is provided, and that this discussion include analysis of the impact on surrounding communities of the elimination of the existing equestrian center.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to provide comments on this important project. If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me at (310) 544-5228 or via e-mail at kitf@rpv.com.

Sincerely,


Kit Fox, aicp

Senior Planner

cc: Mayor and City Council
  Les Evans, City Manager
  Joel Rojas, Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement
 

Douglas Prichard, City Manager, City of Rolling Hills Estates



2. Authorize Mayor to sign letter to FAA regarding:
    1. Object to Redesigned FAA Air Space at LAX
    2. Enforce the turbo props crossing over the PVP shoreline at 5000 msl
    3. Move more of the turbo props off the PVP and fly them over the ocean and around the PVP.