MARCH 1, 2005 GEOTECHNICAL BOARD OF APPEALS MARCH 1, 2005 GEOTECHNICAL BOARD OF APPEALS

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEMBERS

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING & CODE ENFORCEMENT

DATE: MARCH 1, 2005

SUBJECT: GEOTECHNICAL BOARD OF APPEALS

Staff Coordinator: Kit Fox, AICP, Senior Planner

RECOMMENDATION

Approve the appointment of Stanley Helenschmidt of Helenschmidt Geotechnical, Inc. to the Geotechnical Board of Appeals.

DISCUSSION

On October 5, 2004, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 413 regarding the Cityís Geotechnical Board of Appeals and approved a pool of candidates for the Board from three (3) geotechnical firms: GMU, Inc., GeoLogic and AMEC. Unfortunately, AMEC is unable to participate on the Board at this time, so Staff has identified Mr. Stanley Helenschmidt of Helenschmidt Geotechnical, Inc. as an additional candidate for participation on the Board. Mr. Helenschmidtís resume and fee schedule are attached. Staff believes that Mr. Helenschmidt is qualified to participate as a member of the Board, particularly given his past experience and familiarity with the unique geology of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All interested parties, including the pool of candidates for the Geotechnical Board of Appeals, have been advised of the City Councilís consideration of this matter.

FISCAL IMPACT

Since the costs of an appeal to the Board are wholly borne by the appellant, there is no fiscal impact to the City in appointing a Geotechnical Board of Appeals.

CONCLUSION

Staff recommends that the City Council approve the appointment of Stanley Helenschmidt of Helenschmidt Geotechnical, Inc. to the Geotechnical Board of Appeals.

ALTERNATIVES

In addition to Staffís recommendation, the following alternatives are available for the City Councilís consideration:

1. Direct Staff to identify additional and/or different candidates for the Geotechnical Board of Appeals, and continue this matter to the next City Council meeting.

Respectfully submitted:

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

Reviewed by:

Les Evans, City Manager

Attachments:

Ordinance No. 413

Resume and fee schedule for Stanley Helenschmidt