Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO: CITY COUNCIL

FROM: ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER

DATE: OCTOBER 21, 2003

SUBJECT: PALOS VERDES LOOP TRAIL SIGNAGE

RECOMMENDATION

Approve the proposed signage concept for segments of the Palos Verdes Loop Trail in Rancho Palos Verdes and direct staff to incorporate this concept into the pending update of the Trails Network Plan.

BACKGROUND

The Trails Network Plan (TNP) was adopted on November 27, 1984 to guide the planning, acquisition and implementation of public trails throughout the City. The TNP addresses existing and proposed pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian trails, as well as financing options, implementation strategies and design standards for each type of trail. On January 22, 1990, the City adopted the Conceptual Trails Plan (CTP) and the Conceptual Bikeways Plan. These two documents were intended to be the first phase of a comprehensive update of the TNP. However, while each subdocument has been revised since its initial adoption, a comprehensive update of the Trails Network Plan has not yet been completed.

The CTP greatly expanded the proposed trail networks identified in the TNP. For ease of reference, the CPT divides the City into five geographic sections and identifies five major trail systems (each made up of a series of smaller trail segments), which are found in more than one geographic section of the City. One of these trail systems is the Palos Verdes Loop Trail (PVLT), segments of which are denoted by the letter "A" and appear in Sections 1, 3, 4 and 5 of the document. There are a total of 29 segments of the Palos Verdes Loop Trail identified in the CTP. When fully realized, the PVLT would provide a continuous public trail circumnavigating the Peninsula, with portions passing through the Cities of Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, Rolling Hills and Palos Verdes Estates. There are some dedicated and developed segments of the PVLT in Rancho Palos Verdes, most notably in the Oceanfront Estates, Peninsula Pointe and Rancho Palos Verdes Estates residential subdivisions. All required segments of the PVLT currently exist in the Cities of Rolling Hills Estates and Rolling Hills. To date, the City of Palos Verdes Estates has not embraced the PVLT concept.

DISCUSSION

In addition to serving as a member of the City’s Open Space Planning, Recreation and Parks Task Force, Sunshine is also a member of a grassroots organization called "The Palos Verdes Loop Trail Project" which advocates implementation of this Peninsula-wide trail. This group recently received approval from the City of Rolling Hills Estates to implement a program where people can "adopt" certain segments of the PVLT. People who adopt a trail segment pay the cost for a 12" wide by 14" high, carved wooden sign mounted on a wooden signpost, which is provided by "The Palos Verdes Loop Trail Project" and installed by the City of Rolling Hills Estate’s maintenance crew. In addition, trail adopters also agree to regularly patrol that portion of the trail and report any erosion damage, low hanging branches or other maintenance issues to the city.

In the interest of continuity, Sunshine submitted a letter to the City Council requesting conceptual approval to allow similar signage on dedicated and developed segments of the PVLT in Rancho Palos Verdes. In addition to the main PVLT sign, Sunshine is also seeking conceptual approval of a small plaque mounted below identifying the trail segment number, the name of the person(s) who adopted that segment in that city and whether the trail is being maintained in memory of someone. A picture of the Palos Verdes Loop Trail sign approved for use in Rolling Hills Estates and the proposed secondary signage is attached to this report. Mayor Stern asked that this item be agendized for Council consideration. It should be noted that Rolling Hills Estates has only approved the main sign at this time. Sunshine has indicated that she will be seeking Rolling Hills Estates approval of the proposed secondary signage in the near future.

Based on initial discussions with staff, Sunshine’s letter refers to amending City Council Policy No. 37 regarding the placement of monuments and memorials on City property. However, on closer review, staff feels that the more appropriate course of action would be to ask City Council to approve the Palos Verdes Loop Trail signage in concept (including the secondary plaque) and then direct staff to incorporate this concept into the pending update of the City’s Trails Network Plan. One of the Task Force’s subcommittees (the Open Space Subcommittee, of which Sunshine is a member) is currently reviewing the City’s Trails Network Plan and identifying potential amendments and revisions. Once this process is completed, the Planning Department has funds budgeted in FY 03-04 to hire a consultant to revise the document and ultimately bring it forward for City Council review and approval. If the City Council approves the concept, staff feels that it would be appropriate to consider the proposed PVLT signage concept should in the update of this City document.

FISCAL IMPACT

No fiscal impact at this time. If implemented, "The Palos Verdes Loop Trail Project" would pay for the signs and posts. The City would incur the cost of installing the signs as part of its regular trail maintenance program. In Rolling Hills Estates, the group also is responsible for providing replacement for any weathered or damaged signs.

Respectfully submitted:

Carolynn Petru

Assistant City Manager

Reviewed,

Les Evans

City Manager