Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBERS

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING & CODE ENFORCEMENT

DATE: MARCH 2, 2004

SUBJECT: REVIEW OF SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR THE PROPOSED SOUTH COAST COUNTY GOLF COURSE AT THE FORMER PALOS VERDES LANDFILL

Staff Coordinator: Kit Fox, AICP, Senior Planner

RECOMMENDATION

Review the revised draft supplemental comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed South Coast County Golf Course, and provide feedback to Staff to finalize these comments prior to their submittal to the County.

BACKGROUND

On February 17, 2004, the City Council reviewed the draft supplemental comment letter on the DEIR. The City Council suggested further changes and re-organization of the letter, and requested the inclusion on two additional resource documents.

DISCUSSION

The revised draft supplemental comment letter has been modified to comply with the City Council’s direction of February 17, 2004. Included as resource documents are:

  • The December 2003 Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) memorandum; and,

  • The February 2004 comment letter by Oregon-based Technical Outreach Services for Communities (TOSC).

Also attached to tonight’s report are TSG’s review comments of the air quality analysis prepared on behalf of the City of Rolling Hills Estates by Air Quality Dynamics. As discussed in the attached review letter (dated February 13, 2004), TSG generally concurs with the comments and recommendations of this report. A TSG representative will be in attendance at tonight’s meeting.

CONCLUSION

Based upon the foregoing discussion, Staff seeks final direction from the City Council regarding the revised draft supplemental comments. Staff intends to finalize these comments and submit them to the County by March 4, 2004.

FISCAL IMPACT

Staff believes that the cost of TSG’s additional analysis for these supplemental comments should not exceed the $5,000.00 allocated for this purpose.

ALTERNATIVES

The alternatives available for the City Council’s consideration include:

  1. Accept the revised draft comments and direct Staff to forward them to the County.

2. Direct Staff to further modify the comments and forward them to the County.

 

Respectfully submitted:

Joel Rojas, AICP, Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement

 

Reviewed by:

Les Evans, City Manager

 

Attachments:

Revised draft supplemental comments on the DEIR

Air quality review letter by TSG (dated February 13, 2004)

 

[Revised draft supplemental comments on the DEIR]

 

2 March 2004

VIA FACSIMILE AND U.S. MAIL

FAX: (213) 487-0380

Larry Hensley, Chief of Planning

County of Los Angeles

Department of Parks and Recreation

433 S. Vermont Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90020

SUBJECT: Proposed South Coast County Golf Course

Integrated and Comprehensive Comments on the Draft EIR

82 Deficiencies Noted That Are Putting Our Children and Residents At Risk

Dear Mr. Hensley:

On January 15, 2004, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes submitted initial comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the above-mentioned project. As a result of the issues raised in References 1 through 8 (Attachment 1), the City of Rancho Palos Verdes now respectfully offers an integrated and comprehensive list of 82 health and safety related questions and issues (Attachment 2), each of which should be fully addressed and satisfactorily resolved in the Final EIR for this project. Individually and collectively these references have identified an alarming number of apparent and serious deficiencies in the available information, health and safety implications, and proposed mitigation measures for the proposed project.

Unless these deficiencies are satisfactorily addressed in their entirety, the EIR and the project should be rejected due to unacceptable risks posed to nearby school children and other Peninsula residents at risk due to the extremely toxic substances contained in the landfill upon which the proposed golf course is to be built. We are not prepared to place our children at risk of serious sickness or death for the benefit of those who wish to place a fifth 18-hole golf course on the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Moreover, the City would like to reemphasize the enormous economic risk to the County should the proposed project go forward (see Attachment 2, Question 80).

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 Senior Planner Kit Fox at (310) 544-5228 or via e-mail at kitf@rpv.com.

Sincerely,

 

Peter C. Gardiner Larry Clark

Mayor Mayor Pro Tem

 

Thomas D. Long Douglas M. Stern Stefan Wolowicz

Councilmember Councilmember Councilmember

 

Attachments:

1: List of References 1 through 8

2: Specific Questions and Issues Raised by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes

3: Mearns Consulting Corp. report (dated November 3, 2003)

4: KOMEX report (dated November 3, 2003)

5: Arroyo Geotechnical report (dated October 24, 2003)

6: Air Quality Dynamics report (dated January 31, 2004)

7: DTSC memorandum (dated December 11, 2003)

8: Technical Outreach Services for Communities report (dated February ##, 2004)

9: Lt. Commander David A. Cook letter (dated February 13, 2004)

10: Blakely Environmental Investigations report (dated January 27, 2000)

 

cc: Douglas Prichard, City Manager, City of Rolling Hills Estates

Chairman Don Knabe, 4th District, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Gloria Molina, 1st District, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, 2nd District, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors,

Zev Yaroslavsky, 3rd District, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Michael D. Antonovich, 5th District, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Mayor Judy Mitchell and Members of the City Council of Rolling Hills Estates

Mayor Frank Hill and Members of the City Council of Rolling Hills

Mayor Fred Mackenbach and Members of the City Council of Palos Verdes Estates

President Barbara Lucky and Members of the Board of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

Josh Cohen, Peninsula News

Nick Green, Daily Breeze

City of Rancho Palos Verdes website