TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBERS
FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING & CODE ENFORCEMENT
DATE: JANUARY 4, 2005
SUBJECT: BORDER ISSUES STATUS REPORT
Staff Coordinator: Kit Fox, AICP, Senior Planner
Review the current status of border issues and provide direction to Staff, as appropriate.
This month’s report includes:
The following is the regular monthly report to the City Council on various "border issues" potentially affecting the residents of Rancho Palos Verdes. The complete text of the current status report is available for review on the City’s website at:
Current Border Issues
Ponte Vista Project at Former Navy Housing Site, Los Angeles (San Pedro)
The on-line auction for the Ponte Vista property began on December 1, 2004. So far, it is off to a slow start, with only one bid as of December 20, 2004. On December 16, 2004, the Navy issued the attached amendment to the Invitation for Bids (IFB) for a revised easement description related to the homeless services providers’ (HSPs’) parcels. Due to the amended IFB, the auction is not expected to end until early January 2005. Once the auction ends and during the 60-day escrow period, the final high bidder will have the opportunity to negotiate alternate agreements with the designated HSPs to possibly acquire their respective interests in the Ponte Vista site, which encompass seventy-six (76) units and two (2) non-residential buildings on a 19.58-acre portion of the site. The Navy retains the authority to approve or disapprove any alternate agreement(s) between the high bidder and the HSPs.
Chandler Quarry Reuse Plan, Rolling Hills Estates/Torrance
On November 25, 2004, the Palos Verdes Peninsula News reported that the Chandler landfill had refused two truckloads of debris from a controversial, illegal disposal site in the City of Huntington Park. The material in question was debris from the 1994 Northridge earthquake that had been stockpiled on a property in Huntington Park for the past decade. Cleanup of that site was ordered in 2001. Residents in the vicinity of the stockpile had characterized the debris as toxic, although the California Integrated Waste Management Board tested the material and found no toxins. However, once Rolling Hills Estates residents heard of the proposed importation of this material to Chandler’s and expressed their concerns, Chandler’s decided not to accept the material.
Lunada Bay/Via Castilla Land Swap, Palos Verdes Estates
According to the County Assessor’s parcel data, the Via Castilla lot was transferred to the former developer of the Lunada Bay lot on September 21, 2004. Staff intends to remove this item from future Border Issues reports, unless otherwise directed by the City Council.
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Import Terminal, Port of Long Beach
The Autumn 2004 issue of the Coastal Conservancy’s California Coast & Ocean included two articles about proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals in California and Baja California (see attachments). One of the five (5) proposed projects discussed is the LNG terminal proposed in the Port of Long Beach. The others—all offshore installations—are proposed off the coastline of Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Camp Pendleton and the Coronado Islands in Baja California. These proposals were also discussed in the attached Los Angeles Times article of December 13, 2004.
New Border Issues
There are no new border issues on which to report at this time.
Former Border Issues
Disposal of Former Navy Housing Sites, Los Angeles (San Pedro)
As Staff last reported on September 7, 2004, portions of the Palos Verdes Navy housing site were quitclaimed to Marymount College and Rolling Hills Preparatory School (RHPS) in April 2004 and August 2004, respectively. These transfers were consistent with the 1999 reuse plan that was rejected by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in August 2003. On December 10, 2004, the City received the attached public hearing notice regarding the RHPS portion of the former Navy housing site. RHPS’s application for a Parcel Map, Conditional Use and Zone Variance are scheduled for concurrent hearing before the Deputy Advisory Agency and Hearing Officer on January 5, 2005. Unfortunately, Staff was not able to review the project plans and applications by the date that this report was completed. However, since the San Pedro Area Reuse Committee (SPARC) previously endorsed the use of this portion of the former Navy housing site by RHPS, Staff does not expect that the redevelopment of the site will have significant effects upon Rancho Palos Verdes residents. Staff will continue to monitor this project and report updates to the City Council in the future.
Joel Rojas, AICP, Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement
Les Evans, City Manager
Amendment No. 1 to the IFB for the Ponte Vista project (issued 12/16/04)
PVP News article regarding Chandler landfill (dated 11/25/04)
California Coast & Ocean articles regarding LNG terminal proposals (Autumn 2004 issue)
LA Times article regarding LNG terminal proposals (dated 12/13/04)
Public hearing notice for Rolling Hills Preparatory School (received 12/10/04)