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FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING & CODE ENFORCEMENT
DATE: MARCH 7, 2006
SUBJECT: BORDER ISSUES STATUS REPORT
Staff Coordinator: Kit Fox, AICP, Associate Planner
Review the current status of border issues, and provide direction to Staff, as appropriate.
This month’s report includes:
A report on the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council’s recent discussion of the Ponte Vista project;
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)
On February 13, 2006, the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council (NWSPNC) agendized a motion opposing a proposal by Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn for a specific plan for the Ponte Vista project. The NWSPNC agreed that the entire site should be master planned, but was concerned that the NWSPNC needed a role in the process and that the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) should be included as a project stakeholder. In last-minute discussions with Councilwoman Hahn, however, she agreed to a 3-phase Neighborhood Assessment Process for the project. The phases would include an assessment of existing conditions in the northwest San Pedro area, including a proposed subdivision and new Target store at Capitol Drive and Gaffey Street; a series of focus groups in the community; and the preparation of a specific plan for the Ponte Vista site. Based upon these changes in Councilwoman Hahn’s proposal, the NWSPNC withdrew its opposition. Staff continues to monitor this project, and awaits the release of the draft EIR.
New Residence at 717 Via La Cuesta, Palos Verdes Estates
The City Attorney and the Chopras attorney have resolved their differences over the language of the agreement. Mayor Wolowicz and the City Clerk have signed the agreement, and Staff has forwarded it to the Chopras’ attorney. On February 21, 2006, the Chopras’ architect submitted grading plans for the area of Grandview Park affected by the project. As of the date that this report was prepared, these plans were under review by Planning Staff, the Building Official and the City Engineer.
Mixed-Use Condos at 627 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates
On February 14, 2006, the Rolling Hills Estates City Council approved the proposal to demolish the existing car wash at 627 Deep Valley Drive and replace it with a 58-unit mixed-use condominium project. As mentioned in the attached February 16, 2006, Palos Verde Peninsula News article, this is the third mixed-use project approved in the Peninsula Center district since the initiation of the Peninsula Village Overlay Zone (PVOZ) by the City of Rolling Hills Estates. As reported in last month’s Border Issues Status Report, Staff attended the scoping meeting for the PVOZ and provided written comments in January 2006. The table below summarizes the recently-approved mixed-use projects in this area, which entitle the development of one hundred seventeen (117) new residential units.
In addition to these entitled projects, the following three (3) projects involving up to one hundred fifty-nine (159) new residential units are “in the pipeline” for consideration.
Staff intends to remove the specific item for the project at 627 Deep Valley Drive from future reports, unless directed to do otherwise by the City Council, but continues to monitor the PVOZ and new, individual projects in this area as a separate border issues.
New Border Issues
There are no new Border Issues on which to report at this time.
Agenda packet for NWSPNC (dated 2/13/2006)