SEPTEMBER 20, 2005 CASE NO. ZON2003-00520 (GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT, ZONE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT) SEPTEMBER 20, 2005 CASE NO. ZON2003-00520 (GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT, ZONE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT) SEPTEMBER 20, 2005 CASE NO. ZON2003-00520 (GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT, ZONE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT)

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING AND CODE ENFORCEMENT

DATE: SEPTEMBER 20, 2005

SUBJECT: CASE NO. ZON2003-00520 (GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT, ZONE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT); Applicant: City of Rancho Palos Verdes; Property Addresses: The upper portion of San Ramon Canyon, which encompasses the following properties: 30648, 30650, 30652, 30658, 30676, 30678, 30680, 30682 Palos Verdes Drive East; and 2803, 2809, 2817, 2823, 2829, 2837, 2845 San Ramon Drive.

Staff Coordinator: Eduardo Schonborn, aicp, Associate Planner

RECOMMENDATION

Continue the public hearing to November 15, 2005.

BACKGROUND AND DISCUSSION

This item was originally brought before the City Council on June 7, 2005, and after hearing public testimony and discussion on the item, the City Council continued the item to the August 16, 2005 meeting and asked that Staff further address certain issues regarding the Open Space Hazard Zoning; the geotechnical information that was being used to derive the factor of safety for the area; the status of the inclinometer; the petition that was submitted to the City; and existing utility lines in the area. The Council heard testimony and discussion on these issues at the August 16th meeting, but continued the item pending additional review of the geotechnical information and requested that the City Geologist present a cost proposal for consideration by the City Council to conduct a 3rd party review of the geotechnical data and information that was compiled for the San Ramon Drainage and Landslide Stabilization project and the conclusions for the zone change.

As part of a separate agenda item, Staff is presenting a proposal to the City Council for a 3rd party review of the geologic data. If the 3rd party review is authorized, Staff will present the findings of the 3rd party review to the Council as part of the continued public hearing item.

Therefore, Staff recommends that the City Council continue the public hearing to November 15, 2005, to allow the City Geologist with sufficient time to conduct a 3rd party review of the geotechnical information for the proposed zone change for the upper San Ramon Canyon area.

 

ALTERNATIVES

The following alternatives are available for the City Council’s consideration:

  1. Certify the Negative Declaration; approve the General Plan Amendment; and Introduce an Ordinance approving the Zone Change, and direct Staff to return with the appropriate Resolutions and Ordinance at the next City Council hearing; or,
  2. Identify any issues of concern with the proposed project, provide Staff with direction, and continue the public hearing to a date certain; or,
  3. Deny the General Plan Amendment and Zone Change (Case No. ZON2003-00520), and direct Staff to take no further action.

Respectfully submitted:

Joel Rojas, aicp,

Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement

Reviewed:

Les Evans

City Manager