DATE: JULY 5, 2005


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

South Coast County Golf Course, County of Los Angeles/Rolling Hills Estates

On May 26, 2005, Staff received the attached e-mail from Palos Verdes Landfill Citizen Advisory Board (CAB) member Christina Zimmerman, advising us of a public meeting regarding the Five-Year Review of the Palos Verdes Landfill to be hosted by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on June 8, 2005. Attached to this report are the meeting agenda and a copy of DTSC’s presentation. Presenters covered the history of the landfill, an overview of the Five-Year Review process and the methodology for conducting the updated health risk assessment for the landfill. After a presentation that lasted just under an hour, members of the public were provided an opportunity to comment on the Five-Year Review process. There were also representatives of South Bay CARES and other environmental groups present to distribute information about the landfill during a workshop session prior to the DTSC presentation. However, as described in the attached e-mail from Joan Davidson, there were apparently some conflicts regarding this prior to the main meeting. The Palos Verdes Peninsula News also reported on the DTSC meeting on June 11, 2005 (see attached article).

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Import Terminal, Port of Long Beach

On June 7, 2005, the Long Beach City Council was scheduled again to consider whether or not to continue discussions with the firm that is proposing the LNG import terminal in the Port of Long Beach (see attached Los Angeles Times article). After several hours of testimony, the Long Beach City Council voted 5-4 to wait for the EIR/EIS for the project to be completed before taking a position on the project.

New Residence at 717 Via La Cuesta, Palos Verdes Estates

The Palos Verdes Estates Planning Commission hearing regarding this project was rescheduled from June 21, 2005, to July 19, 2005. The project applicant was expected to submit revised project plans to the City of Palos Verdes Estates by June 23, 2005, and the revised silhouette was expected to be erected and certified by July 7, 2005. However, as of the date that this report was completed, neither of these things had yet occurred. As the City Council directed on June 7, 2005, Staff will continue to monitor the project and will report back to the City Council in the August 2, 2005 Border Issues report.

New Border Issues

There are no new border issues on which to report at this time.

Former Border Issues

Rolling Hills Covenant Church Expansion, Rolling Hills Estates

As Staff last reported on March 1, 2005, Rolling Hills Covenant Church (RHCC) is proposing to re-design the expansion of its facilities on Palos Verdes Drive North. Among the design issues to be resolved was whether or not the proposed subterranean parking garage would be counted toward the maximum lot coverage and floor-to-area ratio (FAR) for the property. On June 8, 2005, and June 16, 2005, the Daily Breeze reported the City of Rolling Hills Estates had considered but rejected a possible code amendment that would exempt subterranean parking structures from lot coverage and FAR calculations (see attached articles).

Waterfront Gateway Development Project, Port of Los Angeles

As Staff last reported on February 1 2005, the first phase of the Waterfront Gateway Development was completed in January 2005. On June 10, 2005, the City received the draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the next major component of the project, which would extend the pedestrian-friendly public access improvements south to the Ports o’ Call area and beyond. Since the project appears unlikely to have any direct impacts upon Rancho Palos Verdes residents, Staff does not intend to comment on this MND.

Respectfully submitted:

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

Reviewed by:

Les Evans, City Manager


E-mail from Christina Zimmerman regarding DTSC meeting (received 5/26/05)

DTSC Agenda and PowerPoint presentation from June 8th public meeting

DTSC’s Palos Verdes Landfill Fact Sheet No. 10 (published May 2005)

E-mail from Joan Davidson regarding DTSC meeting (received (6/10/05)

PV News article regarding DTSC meeting (dated 6/11/05)

LA Times article regarding Long Beach LNG terminal (dated 6/9/05)

Daily Breeze articles regarding Rolling Hills Covenant Church (dated 6/8/05 & 6/16/05)