Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

JUNE 1, 2004

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING AND CODE ENFORCEMENT

DATE: JUNE 1, 2004

SUBJECT: LONG POINT RESORT HOTEL PROJECT STATUS UPDATE

Prepared By: Ara Michael Mihranian, AICP, Senior Planner

RECOMMENDATION

Receive a project status update on the Long Point Resort Hotel project by representatives from Destination Development.

BACKGROUND

On August 28, 2002, the Long Point Resort Hotel project was unanimously approved by the City Council. Subsequently, the City’s decision was appealed by the Coastal Commission, and after conducting an appeal hearing, the Coastal Commission approved the project on August 7, 2003 with modified conditions of approval. The modified conditions were accepted by the City Council at its October 7, 2003 meeting, marking the Council’s decision as the final project approval date. At the same meeting, the Council directed the project applicant to provide the City with future quarterly updates on the status of the project. Pursuant to Council direction, the project applicant has requested that an item be placed on tonight’s agenda in order to provide the Council with a formal status update on the project. Specifically, the project applicant would like to update the Council on the financing component of the project.

DISCUSSION

On June 25, 2004, Mike Mohler and his project team met with City Staff (Assistant City Manager Petru, Planning Director Rojas, and Senior Planner Mihranian) to briefly discuss the applicant’s presentation to the City Council. Based on the meeting, it is Staff’s understanding that the project applicant will be presenting a proposal to allow a portion of the main hotel and the bungalows to be sold to private investors similar to the casitas. As described in the attached Condition No. 36, the casita units may be sold to individual persons or private entities, subject to the specific restrictions that limit the time duration an owner of a unit may utilize that unit. Furthermore, when the unit is not being used by the owner, the casita unit is to be available as a hotel accommodation.

Based on the limited information received from the project applicant about the proposal, it appears that to accommodate the applicant’s request, the project conditions of approval will need to be modified. To modify the project conditions of approval, an amendment to the Conditional Use Permit, the Coastal Permit and the Parcel Map will need to be approved by both the City Council and the Californian Coastal Commission.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Project Expiration Date

According to the adopted conditions, the project entitlements are valid until October 7, 2005, which is two years from the final approval date (October 7, 2003). The two year expiration requirement is based on State requirements for parcel maps.

CONCLUSION

Based on the above discussion, Staff respectfully requests that the City Council receive a status update on the Long Point Resort Hotel by the project applicant and if desired provide Staff and the applicant with any further direction.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Joel Rojas

Director of Planning, Building and

Code Enforcement

Reviewed by:

Les Evans

City Manager

ATTACHMENTS (The following attachments are not available electronically and can be viewed at the Planning Department at City Hall).

  • Condition No. 36 of Resolution No. 2002-71
  • Site Plan