Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

AUGUST 15, 2006 RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL AGENDA- TRAILS STATUS REPORT, AND TRAIL CONNECTIONS AT CONESTOGA DRIVE AND PVIC/OCEAN FRONT ESTATES AUGUST 15, 2006 RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL AGENDA- TRAILS STATUS REPORT, AND TRAIL CONNECTIONS AT CONESTOGA DRIVE AND PVIC/OCEAN FRONT ESTATES AUGUST 15, 2006 RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL AGENDA- TRAILS STATUS REPORT, AND TRAIL CONNECTIONS AT CONESTOGA DRIVE AND PVIC/OCEAN FRONT ESTATES

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

DATE: AUGUST 15, 2006

SUBJECT: TRAILS STATUS REPORT, AND TRAIL CONNECTIONS AT CONESTOGA DRIVE AND PVIC/OCEAN FRONT ESTATES

STAFF COORDINATOR: Alan Braatvedt, Senior Engineer

RECOMMENDATIONS

1. Receive and file Trails Status Report dated 8/15/06.
2. Change the classification of the trail section between Conestoga Drive and the hairpin bend on Palos Verdes Drive East 900 feet from the City’s northern city boundary (also known as A-29 in the Conceptual Trails Plan), from “easy” to “challenging”.
3. Adopt Resolution 2006-______, a resolution of the City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes amending resolution 2006-41, the budget appropriation for fiscal year 2006-07, for a budget adjustment of $8,500 to the City’s General Fund and CIP fund for the design and construction of the Conestoga Trail.
4. Approve the Plans for the construction of the connection of the trail at PVIC and the trail at Ocean Front Estates.
5. Award a Construction Contract to Montecito Landscape Construction in the amount of $19,000, for the clearing of brush, construction of a culvert over the storm drain and the construction of a DG path to connect the concrete walkway on the east with the DG walkway on the west and authorize staff to spend up to $1,000 for possible extra work; thereby approving a $20,000 construction budget.
6. Authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute a construction contract with Montecito Landscape Construction.
7. Adopt Resolution 2006-______, a resolution of the City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes amending resolution 2006-41, the budget appropriation for fiscal year 2006-07, for a budget adjustment of $20,000 to the city’s General Fund and CIP fund for the construction of the connection of the trail at PVIC and the trail at Ocean Front Estates.
8. Adopt Resolution 2006-______, a resolution of the City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, amending Resolution 2006-41, the budget appropriation for fiscal year 2006-07, for a budget adjustment of $2000 to the City’s General Fund for trails maintenance.
BACKGROUND

Trails Status Report
At the request of the Mayor and others, staff has compiled a comprehensive background report on the City trails dated 8/15/06 (attached). The report covers the following subjects:
- Trails Network Plan
- Conceptual Trails Plan
- Public Use Master Plan for the Portuguese Bend Nature Preserve
- Annenberg Visioning Grant
- Approved Equestrian Trail Improvements along PVDE (Sunnyside Ridge Road to Bronco Drive)
- Rolling Hills Estates Trail Connection at Conestoga Drive
- Sol Vista (Sunnyside Ridge) Trail
- Miraleste Library Trail
- PVIC/Ocean Front Estates Trail Connection

Conestoga Drive Connector Trail
The proposed trail from Conestoga Drive to the first hairpin bend 900’ south (also known as A-29 in the Conceptual Trails Plan), connects the Larga Vista trail in the City of Rolling Hills with the trails in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and forms part of the City’s Trails Network Plan (TNP) and Conceptual Trails Plan (CTP). The TNP
was adopted by the City Council on November 27, 1984 to serve as an advisory tool for City decision-makers and as a guide for implementing and funding city and regional trails. On January 22, 1990 the City Council adopted the Conceptual Trails Plan as a tool to implement the Trails Network Plan. The City also adopted design criteria for the construction of equestrian trails in June 1982, which was revised with the adoption of the Conceptual Trails Plan in January 1990.

The equestrian community has requested the City Council to review the possibility of constructing a trail between Conestoga Drive and the first hairpin bend on Palos Verdes Drive East. There is a wide right of way, which can accommodate a narrow trail away from the traffic on PVDE and away from the adjacent homeowners. The current CTP classification of the trail as “easy” requires a trail with a 6’ tread width to be constructed, with a clearance width of 10’, which creates construction difficulties, as there is a steep cross fall in places. However, the equestrian community would prefer to have a “challenging” classification, which provides a narrower trail with a minimum tread width of 2’ and a minimum horizontal clearance of just 4’.

On July 11, staff conducted a well-attended community outreach meeting to present the concept and hear the support of the community and objections and concerns of the residents.

The main concerns expressed by the property owners living next to the proposed trail are:
- Privacy –The proposed trail would be considerably closer to the property lines than the current location on the shoulder of the road and that a certain amount of brush would be cleared.
- Security – Criminal elements may be able to look into properties from the trail.
- Maintenance of the trail
- Erosion – Due to the removal of some of the growth and runoff from the trail.
- Keeping the trail clean – From both trash and horse manure, which will attract flies.
- Safety on the trail
- Liability for incidents that may result from the construction of the trail
- Concern about the proximity of the trails to the property lines and potential encroachment.
- Creation of dust.
- Increased level of noise from traffic and the trail users.

There are 10 Rolling Hills Estates property owners that border on the PVDE right-of-way, who will be affected by the proposed trail route. Although half of these have expressed reservations, none expressed opposition to the construction of a trail.

Mitigation
- Reclassification of the trail to challenging will allow the trail to be constructed without the requirement of stabilizing the bank using mechanical means and would be far less intrusive. However, it would require engineering to avoid the increased possibility of erosion.
- The fairly narrow winding trail would not require much brush clearing, thus retaining much of the privacy.
- The trail in most places will be at least 15’ away from the property lines of the neighbors.
- The trail would probably not require any retaining system that may be visible to residents.
- Noise and dust created as a result of the trail is unlikely to be an issue due to the relatively low volume of expected trail use.
- The use of the proposed trail would be potentially safer than using the shoulder of PVDE.

PVIC/Ocean Front Estates Trail Connector
With the completion of the Point Vicente Interpretive Center there is an opportunity to create a trail from the City’s property to the eastern extreme of Ocean Front Estates by linking two existing trail segments across the existing storm drain outlet that separates the two properties.

This will be in line with the City’s Trails Network Plan and Conceptual Trails Plan and greatly enhance the experience of using the Point Vicente Interpretive Center.

ANALYSIS

Conestoga Drive Connector Trail
Staff has considered the construction of each of the trail classifications and has developed an engineer’s estimate for each:

1. Construct a 6’ wide tread (“easy” classification): Although this complies with existing classification it requires a retaining system with considerable cost and clearing. Budget amount of $55,000
2. Construct a 4’ wide tread (“intermediate” classification): It is possible to construct this for sections of the trail, however there are areas, which would require considerable work. Budget amount of $12,000
3. The most practical is to construct a 2’ wide tread (“challenging” classification): This does not comply with the adopted CTP standard for this trail segment. However it has the least impact and will allow for the majority of the trail to have a 4’ wide tread, with some portions 2’ wide. The budget cost for this trail is $6,000

Annual maintenance costs for the “challenging” classification are estimated to be $1500.00 to $2000.00. The maintenance work will be accomplished through the City’s Roadside Maintenance and Parks Landscape Maintenance contracts.

PVIC/Ocean Front Estates Trail Connector
Staff has developed a scope of work and plans to construct a culvert across the storm drain swale. The plans call for the removal of several Acacia trees and undergrowth. Two storm drainage pipes are to be installed and a head wall constructed to deal with potential storm drain that is collected through surface runoff. The culvert will be filled in and paved to create a “bridge”. The existing handrails on the west side will be extended over the bridge to provide safety and will connect to the existing handrails on the east side.

Informal bids were received from 4 contractors. Montecito Landscape Construction submitted the lowest responsible bid of $19,000.

References were contacted and reported satisfactory or above performance on similar projects. The low bidder is satisfied with his bid and is ready to go to work. Although the bid prices varied greatly, the bid is within 6% of the Engineer’s Estimate.

Annual maintenance costs for this segment of trail are estimated to be minimal. However, staff recommends budgeting $500. For the two segments staff recommends budgeting a total of $2000 for annual maintenance.

SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS

Conestoga Drive Connector Trail
Adopting staff’s recommendations will result in approving the “challenging” designation for the proposed Conestoga Trail (also known as A-29 in the Conceptual Trails Plan) and providing for the design, construction, and maintenance of the proposed trail.

PVIC/Ocean Front Estates Trail Connector
Adopting staff’s recommendations will result in approving the budget for the construction of the PVIC/Ocean Front Estates Connector Trail, awarding a construction contract to Montecito Landscape Construction, authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to execute those contracts, and providing for the maintenance of the proposed trail.

FISCAL IMPACT

Conestoga Drive Connector Trail
It is necessary for the City to allocate additional funds to design, construct, and maintain a trail within the Palos Verdes Drive East right-of-way between Conestoga Drive and the hairpin bend on Palos Verdes Drive East 900 feet from the City’s northern city boundary. Staff proposes a budget increase in the CIP Fund - Street Improvements Program for design and construction purposes, and a budget increase in the General Fund - Parks, Trails & Open Space Program for maintenance purposes.

PVIC/Ocean Front Estates Trail Connector
It is necessary for the City to allocate additional funds to design, construct, and maintain a trail connection from the Point Vicente Lighthouse property to the eastern extreme of Ocean Front Estates. Staff proposes a budget increase in the CIP Fund - Parks, Trails & Open Space Improvements Program for design and construction purposes, and a budget increase in the General Fund - Parks, Trails & Open Space Program for maintenance purposes.

Submitted by,

Ray Holland
Interim Director of Public Works

Reviewed,

Les Evans
City Manager

Attachments
Trails Status Report dated 8/15/06
Three Budget Resolutions
FY06-07 Statement of Estimated General Fund Reserves
PVIC/Ocean Front Estates Trail Connector aerial and concept design drawing

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

TRAILS STATUS REPORT

AUGUST 15, 2006

EXISTING TRAILS PLANS

The City has two adopted plans that govern the development of public trails: the Trails Network Plan and the Conceptual Trails Plan. Each of these two documents is described in greater detail in the section below.

Trails Network Plan

The City’s Trails Network Plan (TNP) was adopted by the City Council on November 27, 1984. Building on the trail related goals and policies established in the City’s General Plan (adopted June 1975) and the Coastal Specific Plan (adopted December 1978), the purpose of the TNP was to provide a specific trail network plan for pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian users. The TNP was intended to serve as an advisory tool for City decision-makers and as a guide for implementing and funding city and regional trails. The document addresses issues such as trail standards, funding resources, signage, implementation procedures and trail maintenance. The TNP has not been amended or updated since 1984.

Conceptual Trails Plan

On January 22, 1990, the City Council approved the Conceptual Trails Plan (CTP) and the Conceptual Bikeways Plan (CBP). Both documents were approved in an effort to implement the City’s TNP. It was envisioned that the information contained in the CTP and CBP would be used in conjunction to implement a comprehensive trails network plan for the City. Both plans state that the City reserves the right to modify, realign or eliminate any trail identified in either plan (including existing bikeways) and may add previously unidentified trails, as circumstances warrant in the future.

Working in conjunction with the City’s Traffic Committee, the 1990 CBP was revised by the Planning Staff in 1996. The revised plan was approved by the City Council on October 15, 1996. After the 1996 revision, it was envisioned that the CBP would be updated in 2000 and every four years thereafter. The CBP has not been amended or updated since 1996.

The purpose of the CTP was to identify the trail opportunities within the community so that the acquisition and development of new public trails could take place as private development proposals and public works projects were constructed or as other opportunities presented themselves. The CTP specifically stated that the inclusion of a trail or trail segment in the plan did not legally authorize the use of these trails by the public or in any way guarantee their eventual implementation.

The CTP describes six categories of trails.

- Category I. Existing dedicated trails that meet the Conceptual Trails Plan trail standards. In 1990 there were 20 trails in this category.

- Category II. Proposed trails and trail segments that cross undeveloped privately owned land that is zoned as being developable. These trails and trail segments should be implemented when the respective parcels of land are developed. In 1990 there were 51 trails in this category.

- Category III. Proposed trails and trail segments that require implementation of improvements and are located on existing trail easements, City property, or street right-of-ways. In 1990 there were 42 trails in this category. Of the 42 trails there were 23 that were in street right-of-ways where the Public Works Department had the lead in developing the trails. Eleven trails were in City parkland and the Recreation and Parks Department was assigned the lead for implementation. Eight trails were identified as difficult situations requiring designation as special projects possibly with grant funds.

- Category IV. Proposed trails and trail segments that cross privately owned land designated as Open Space of Open Space Hazard, or on land owned by a public utility or public agency. In 1990 there were 21 trails in this category. These trails and trail segments require the acquisition of easements and implementation or improvements, and were placed into three sub-categories. One subcategory includes three trails that are on the Narbonne right-of-way. Three trails are on property owned by other public agencies. 15 trails cross privately owned land designated as Restricted Use or Open Space Hazard.

- Category V. Proposed trails that would primarily benefit neighborhood residents, and that cross privately owned land. Efforts to implement these trails should be initiated by affected property owners or community groups and not by City staff. In 1990 there were 22 trails in this category.

- Category VI. Important trails and trail segments that have special circumstances, considerations, or constraints. In 1990 there were six trails in this category.

The Conceptual Trails Plan (CTP) was intended to be the first phase in a process to revise the City’s Trails Network Plan. Working in conjunction with Recreation and Parks staff, with overview provided by the Recreation and Parks Committee (since disbanded), the Conceptual Trails Plan (CTP) was revised by the City Council on December 6, 1991 and September 7, 1993. After the 1993 revision, it was envisioned that the CTP would be reviewed again in 1996 and every four years thereafter to coincide with the periodic review of the CBP. The CTP has not been amended or updated since 1993.

It is not clear why the CTP was not updated in 1996 or thereafter. The most likely explanation is that the Recreation and Parks Committee, which oversaw the development of the CTP and subsequent revisions, was disbanded after 1993 and staff cutbacks in the Recreation and Parks Department left no Staff dedicated to trail planning. However, there are other issues such as:

1. The Administrative Procedures for Trails Implementation that was adopted at the same time as the Conceptual Trails Plan did not assign responsibility for completing the trail system to any single City Department. Although the City has done a good job applying the CTP to major new development proposals, such as Ocean Trails, Seabreeze and Ocean Front Estates, the trails of the CTP were often not implemented for small infill developments since supreme court land use decisions in the 1990’s limited the City’s ability to require trail easements from property owners as conditions of project approval. In addition, street projects were designed that should have included trail segments. As has been suggested before the plan is very difficult to read and understand and is familiar to only a few City staff members.
2. The Cities of Palos Verdes Estates and Rolling Hills are not signatories to the “Peninsula Loop and Spoke Trail System” identified in Appendix 2 of the CTP and have objected to some of the trails that imply an entry into their respective cities.
3. Over the years, there has been strong public opposition to implementing trails, especially equestrian trails, through established neighborhoods. This concern was partially addressed in the 1993 update of the CPT when many equestrian trails located outside of Equestrian Overlay Districts were eliminated from the plan. However, friction over this issue still exists in the community.

In 2001, realizing that a review and update was overdue, the City Council approved funding of $25,000 in the FY 01-02 budget to update the CTP. However, in approving the subsequent FY 02-03 budget, the City Council approved funding of an additional $200,000 to complete a comprehensive update of the General Plan, Coastal Specific Plan and Trails Network Plan. In approving such funding, the Council agreed with Staff’s recommendation that the update of the Coastal Specific Plan and Trails Network Plan be pursued after the General Plan has been updated. Since the update of the City’s General Plan has not been completed, an update of the Trails Network Plan has not been commenced.

Notwithstanding the lack of a formal comprehensive update to the TNP, some work has been done of late to update the CTP. Specifically, the Assistant City Manager has worked with PVNet to transfer all of the conceptual trails shown on the difficult to read non-digitized CTP maps and display them on the City’s digitized orthographic map to create one city-wide conceptual trails map (see attached). The draft citywide map distinguishes between “existing” trails (Category I) and “proposed” trails (Categories II through VI). Several trails identified as “existing” on the citywide map were identified as “proposed” in the last update to the CTP in 1993. These include the trails that have been constructed in conjunction with the new developments at Seaview on Crest Road, Ocean Front Estates and Trump National Golf Course, as well as through Council’s approval of the Forrestal Management Plan in July 2005. The citywide map is color-coded by trail type (multipurpose, off-road bicycle, pedestrian and pedestrian/equestrian) that clearly identifies the various trails and trail segments and color-codes them by category.

Recommendations:

1. Following completion of the PUMP and Annenberg Visioning Grant described below, update the Conceptual Trails Plan, including the status of the 162 trails identified in the 1990 Conceptual Trails Plan.
2. Refine the draft CTP citywide trails map based on the results of Item No. 1 above.
3. Complete the Trails Standards document.
4. Update the Administrative Procedures for Trail Implementation to identify the highest priority trail improvements for which easements and funding are readily available, and assign the responsibility for implementation.
5. Continue to work with the Equestrian Committee and the affected community to identify and implement trail improvement projects in the eastside Equestrian Overlay Zone (Section 5 of the CTP).

CURRENT MASTER PLANNING THAT WILL IMPACT EXISTING TRAILS PLANS

The City has recently embarked on two master planning efforts that will have an impact on the City’s existing trails plans: the Public Use Master Plan (PUMP) and the Annenberg Visioning Grant. These two efforts are described in greater detail in the section below.

Public Use Master Plan (PUMP)

The City has recently commenced preparation of the Public Use Master Plan (PUMP) for the Portuguese Bend Nature Preserve. As part of this effort, a Preserve Trail Plan will be created for the Preserve. Creation of said trail plan will involve an assessment of the conceptual trails identified in the CTP and the actual trails that exist on the Preserve properties as to whether they should be kept, closed or re-routed. The PUMP Committee’s recommendations on the Preserve Trail Plan will eventually be forwarded to the City Council for approval as part of the overall PUMP. In the end, the approved Preserve Trails Plan will function as an update to portions of 3 of the 5 sections of the CTP (the CTP divides the entire City into 5 sections and the Preserve occupies most of sections 1, 3 and 4). It is envisioned that after the PUMP is approved by the City Council, Staff will embark on updating the remaining sections of the CTP (the portions outside of the Preserve). That effort will be coordinated with an update of the CBP so that both plans can be updated together as a new TNP. It is anticipated that the PUMP Committee will complete its work on the PUMP sometime in the summer of 2007. An update of the remaining CTP and CBP would be initiated sometime thereafter and would likely take one year to complete.

Annenberg Visioning Grant

The Vision Plan Project Area

The Vision Plan will encompass the following key open space areas:

The entire Portuguese Bend Nature Preserve ( NCCP Preserve)
The “developable” (non-NCCP Preserve) portion of Upper Point Vicente
The “developable” (non-NCCP Preserve) portion of Lower Point Vicente
The Point Vicente Lighthouse property (U.S. Government owned)
Portions of the Terranea property (for trail connection purposes)
Del Cerro Park
The 25-acre Active Recreation Area (gateway to the NCCP Preserve)
The Coastal Zone (for the purposes of establishing a coastal trail)

These properties were selected because they serve as key open space parcels and/or because they provide ideal public use opportunities. Although several of the identified properties have had some planning and community input on their uses, there has never been a public process to consider all of the properties together.

The Vision Plan Goal

The goal of the Vision Plan will be to create a coordinated master plan for these areas, with public access, interpretive materials, recreational amenities, and other facilities to improve the experience of the coast and open space for residents of and visitors to the Peninsula. The Plan will identify program, design and linkage concepts for the entire area. In addition, the process will consider the possibility of locating an animal care and rescue center on one of the properties, a project of interest to the Annenberg Foundation.

The PUMP Component of the Vision Plan

A component of the Vision Plan will be the creation of a Public Use Master Plan (PUMP) for the following properties that make up the Portuguese Bend Nature Preserve:

Shoreline Park
The Switchbacks parcel
The Trump habitat preserve
The Forrestal Nature Preserve
The Portuguese Bend parcel (former Hon property)
The coastal Abalone Cove and adjoining RDA parcels
The Barkentine parcel
The Fishing Access parcel
Portions of Lower and Upper Pt. Vicente
The Oceanfront habitat preserve
Agua Amarga Canyon
Portions of the Crestridge parcel Lunada Canyon (PVPLC owned)

In accordance with the City’s NCCP, the PUMP must be prepared and submitted to the resource agencies within 2 years of the NCCP Implementing Agreement being signed by all parties. Preparation of the PUMP will be a major undertaking and the financial assistance provided by the Annenberg grant will be invaluable for completing the PUMP within the required time line. To assist with development of the PUMP, a PUMP steering committee was appointed by the City Council. The PUMP Committee consists of 16 community members who bring various points of view to the committee.

CURRENT TRAIL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

There are two specific trail improvement projects that are being presented to City Council on August 15, 2006 for approval and funding allocations: the RHE Trail Connection at Conestoga Drive and the PVIC/Ocean Front Estates Trail Connection. Please refer to the Public Works Department’s August 15, 2006 staff report for a complete description of these two proposed projects.

“HOT TOPIC” TRAIL ISSUES

In the last year or two, issues have surfaced regarding three trail segments that are identified as “proposed” in the Conceptual Trails Plan. The background and current status of these trails is described in the section below.

Equestrian Trails along PVDE (Sunnyside Ridge Road to Bronco Drive)

Public Works Staff has worked over the past year with interested residents to improve equestrian access and safety on Palos Verdes Drive East in the north portion of the City. Various actions have been taken, including vegetation trimming and installation of raised pavement markers. In order to develop a more comprehensive solution, Staff met with members of the equestrian community to identify their needs and goals, as well as discuss potential engineering limitations.

The northern section of roadway along Palos Verdes Drive East is included as a Conceptual Trail designated as the “Upper Palos Verdes Drive East Segment” in the City’s Conceptual Trails Plan (Section 5, Trail C18). The status of this conceptual equestrian pathway is a Category III trail. The Status of all conceptual trails is included in the Conceptual Trails Plan to indicate what would be involved in the implementation of a particular trail. Each conceptual trail has been placed into one of six categories. Category III trails are proposed trails and trail segments which are located on existing trail easements, City property, or street right-of-ways and which require implementation or improvements.

Input from the equestrian community revealed that improvements are desired along Palos Verdes Drive East (PVDE) between Sunnyside Ridge Road and Bronco Drive. This section of the Upper Palos Verdes Drive East Segment conceptual trail is the route most equestrians use to access trails within the City of Rolling Hills.

Although riders take various routes to reach Bronco Drive, It was determined that the most desirable route is for riders to travel on the east side of PVDE from Sunnyside Ridge Road to the north intersection of Headland Drive. From that point, they could cross PVDE and travel on Headland Drive, emerging back onto PVDE at the south intersection of Headland Drive. From there, they would travel on the west side of PVDE to Bronco Drive at which point they would travel west on Bronco Drive to the riding trails. This was determined to be the most appropriate route since it provides a crossing with the greatest visibility of traffic allows riders to avoid a portion of PVDE and uses existing facilities. Some riders travel entirely on the east side of PVDE and cross at Bronco Drive. However this is not a desirable crossing location due to the horizontal curve and resulting limited visibility of traffic.

During the April 29, 2006 budget workshop, staff presented a comprehensive plan consisting of four (4) alternatives to the City Council. The plan was developed to improve the northern section of the trail along Palos Verdes Drive East. The project area is designated as a category III Conceptual Trail, known as the “Upper Palos Verdes Drive East Segment” in the City’s Conceptual Trails Plan. Category III trails are defined as proposed trails and trail segments which are located on existing trail easements, City property, or street right-of-ways and which require implementation or improvements.

Limits to the proposed improvements start at Bronco Drive and proceeded northerly to Sunnyside Ridge (a location map is attached). Included in the proposed improvements was: a traffic control device located at Palos Verdes Drive East and Headland Drive to facilitate equine crossings of Palos Verdes Drive East, modifying curbs along the trail to separate the trail from the roadway, improving trail areas to provide a continuous raised trail and the itemized list of improvements below. The cost estimates for the comprehensive improvement alternatives ranged from $143,000 to $222,000.

The City Council received the report, heard testimony from speakers associated with the equestrian community and provided policy direction to staff that included authorizing $13,700 to be included in the FY 06/07 budget for improvements to the Equestrian Trail along the northern end of Palos Verdes Drive East. The authorized trail improvements included actions 1 through 5, action 8 and action 9 (maps are attached and work items summarized below):

- Modifying guard rail ends to increase access width of the trail,
- Trimming vegetation to provide 6-foot wide and 10-foot high trail clearance wherever possible,
- Coordinate with residents and Postal Service to relocate mailboxes out of the path,
- Relocate signs to increase available path width,
- Remove failed wooden fence pieces to increase path width,
- Raise existing signs to provide 10 foot vertical clearance, and
- Realign lane striping to increase clearance from trail on the east side of PVDE.

Status:
Staff has been working on priority projects and anticipates work on the approved actions will begin the week of August 28, 2006.

Sol Vista (Sunnyside Ridge) Trail
The Council has all heard of the problem with the trail easement between two homes on Sunnyside Ridge Road. This trail is a portion of the Sol Vista Segment of the Palos Verdes Loop Trail (Section 5, Trail A26) and is identified in the Conceptual Trails Plan as a Category IV trail. At one time the trail meandered across a vacant lot that served as the old Narbonne right-of-way, but when the right-of-way was vacated by the City Council in 1996 the trail easement was relocated to a ten foot wide strip.

According to the Planning Department, there was a complete analysis of the trail issue before an application for the new home on the vacant lot (the former Narbonne ROW) was submitted. The house on the other side (downside) of the easement was built before the City incorporated. According to the project file, the lot where the new home was built was formally the old Narbonne ROW parcel. In 1996, the owner of the underlying fee requested that the ROW be vacated. However, because the Conceptual Trails Plan identified an equestrian/pedestrian link over the ROW parcel, which would provide a trail link for the Peninsula Loop Trail, Public Works was requiring the dedication of a trail easement to preserve the trail link. The width and location of the trail easement was reviewed and discussed by the Recreation & Parks Committee and ultimately approved by the City Council on August 6, 1996 when they approved the vacation request.

According to Dean Allison’s August 6, 1996 CC Staff Report, the Recreation & Parks Committee recommended that the vacation applicant dedicate a 15-foot wide easement along the easterly side of the property (where the easement is now) and deposit money to construct the trail. However, at the applicant's request, Mr. Allison recommended a 10-foot wide easement, which is what the CC approved. Furthermore, Mr. Allison estimated that it would cost $2,000 to provide the trail. After the vacation was approved by the CC in August 1996, a Certificate of Compliance was approved by Planning in December 1996 making the former ROW parcel a legal lot that could be developed with a residence. The recorded certificate of compliance included the dedicated trail easement as approved by the CC. In June 2000, Staff home approved a new on the lot with a condition that no grading occurs in the 10-foot wide trail easement. During construction of the house, when a construction fence was placed along the actual surveyed trail easement line, is when Sunshine and others raised the issue about the lack of a proper trail easement. This is when Mr. Allison stepped in to try to find a solution.

It would be possible to construct the section of "conceptual" trail in the easement, but it will require some type of retaining wall. At the City Manager’s request, a local contractor (pro bono) prepared an informal design solution (in September 2004) and estimated a cost of $8,200 to place the retaining wall. Mr. Allison was going to consult our geologist and engineers to see if the solution was practical, however it is unknown if he ever did. Further, it is Staff’s understanding that the section of trail that lies between the homes does not access an existing trail for which the City has an easement to provide a complete connection between Sunnyside Ridge and PVDE. Rather it accesses a trail on private property.

Status:
Pending further geologic and engineering review, however, no funds have been budgeted for this purpose. In addition, completion of the trail segment to Palos Verdes Drive East would likely require offers of public easements on private property.

Miraleste Library Trail
There is a specific course trail segment identified in the Conceptual Trails Plan called the Library Segment. This trail segment is identified as a Category VI in the Conceptual Trail Plan (Section 5, Trail A22). It begins on the City’s border with Rolling Hills in Colt Canyon above the Miraleste Library. From there, it extends eastward down the canyon to PVDE. The Library Board of Trustees has offered the City an easement across their property to accommodate the trail. In order to draw the documents to formalize the property transfer a survey must be performed, a legal description prepared and documents drawn. The cost of this work has been estimated at about $5,000. The City has chosen not to spend the money to survey and prepare a legal description of the easement offered by the Library District until such time as this segment is actually needed to complete a trail link. It is Staff’s understanding that this trail segment would link with an unauthorized trail in the City of Rolling Hills, which Rancho Palos Verdes has been asked not to use for public access to that city.
Status:
No current action.

RESOLUTION NO. 2006-

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS
VERDES, AMENDING RESOLUTION 2006-41, THE BUDGET APPROPRIATION
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006-07, FOR A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT TO THE CITY’S GENERAL FUND AND CIP FUND

WHEREAS, Section 3.32 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code provides that all expenditures in excess of budgeted allocations must be by supplemental appropriation of the City Council; and

WHEREAS, on June 6, 2006, the City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes adopted Resolution 2006-41, approving a spending plan and authorizing a budget appropriation for the 2006-07 fiscal year; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary for the City to allocate additional funds to construct a trail between Conestoga Drive and the hairpin bend on Palos Verdes Drive East 900 feet from the City’s northern city boundary; and

WHEREAS, a budget increase in the Street Improvement Program is necessary to authorize the expenditure of additional funds for the construction of a trail within the Palos Verdes Drive East street right-of-way;

BE IT, THEREFORE, RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES:

The following adjustments be made to the following funds:

General Fund
Transfer Out to CIP Fund 101-6000-491-91-00 $8,500

Capital Improvement Projects Fund – Street Improvements
Transfer In from General Fund 330-3031-391-10-00 $8,500
Professional Technical Services 330-3031-461-32-00 $2,500
Improvements 330-3031-461-73-00 $6,000

PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED THIS 15th DAY OF August, 2006.

___________________________
MAYOR

ATTEST:

______________________

State of California )
County of Los Angeles )ss
City of Rancho Palos Verdes )

I, CAROLYNN PETRU, City Clerk of The City of Rancho Palos Verdes, hereby certify that the above Resolution No. 2006- was duly and regularly passed and adopted by the said City Council at a regular meeting thereof held on August 15, 2006.


____________________________
CITY CLERK
CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES

RESOLUTION NO. 2006-

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS
VERDES, AMENDING RESOLUTION 2006-41, THE BUDGET APPROPRIATION
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006-07, FOR A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT TO THE CITY’S GENERAL FUND AND CIP FUND

WHEREAS, Section 3.32 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code provides that all expenditures in excess of budgeted allocations must be by supplemental appropriation of the City Council; and

WHEREAS, on June 6, 2006, the City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes adopted Resolution 2006-41, approving a spending plan and authorizing a budget appropriation for the 2006-07 fiscal year; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary for the City to allocate additional funds to construct a trail connection from the Point Vicente Lighthouse property to the eastern extreme of Ocean Front Estates; and

WHEREAS, a budget increase in the Parks, Trails and Open Space Improvement Program is necessary to authorize the expenditure of additional funds for the construction of a trail connecting PVIC and Ocean Front Estates;

BE IT, THEREFORE, RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES:

The following adjustments be made to the following funds:

General Fund
Transfer Out to CIP Fund 101-6000-491-91-00 $20,000

Capital Improvement Projects Fund – Parks, Trails & Open Space Improvements
Transfer In from General Fund 330-3033-391-10-00 $20,000
Improvements 330-3033-461-73-00 $20,000

PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED THIS 15th DAY OF August, 2006.

___________________________
MAYOR

ATTEST:

______________________ Resolution No. 2006-
CITY CLERK

State of California )
County of Los Angeles )ss
City of Rancho Palos Verdes )

I, CAROLYNN PETRU, City Clerk of The City of Rancho Palos Verdes, hereby certify that the above Resolution No. 2006- was duly and regularly passed and adopted by the said City Council at a regular meeting thereof held on August 15, 2006.


____________________________
CITY CLERK
CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES

RESOLUTION NO. 2006-

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS
VERDES, AMENDING RESOLUTION 2006-41, THE BUDGET APPROPRIATION
FOR FISCAL YEAR 2006-07, FOR A BUDGET ADJUSTMENT TO THE CITY’S GENERAL FUND

WHEREAS, Section 3.32 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code provides that all expenditures in excess of budgeted allocations must be by supplemental appropriation of the City Council; and

WHEREAS, on June 6, 2006, the City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes adopted Resolution 2006-41, approving a spending plan and authorizing a budget appropriation for the 2006-07 fiscal year; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary for the City to allocate additional funds for maintenance of the Conestoga Drive Trail and PVIC/Ocean Front Estates Trail; and

WHEREAS, a budget increase in the Parks, Trails and Open Space Maintenance Program is necessary to authorize the expenditure of additional funds for the maintenance of the Conestoga Drive and PVIC/Ocean Front Estates trails;

BE IT, THEREFORE, RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES:

The following adjustments be made to the following fund:

General Fund - Parks, Trails & Open Space Maintenance Program

Maintenance 101-3009-431-43-00 $2,000

PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED THIS 15th DAY OF August, 2006.

___________________________
MAYOR

ATTEST:

______________________ Resolution No. 2006-
CITY CLERK

State of California )
County of Los Angeles )ss
City of Rancho Palos Verdes )

I, CAROLYNN PETRU, City Clerk of The City of Rancho Palos Verdes, hereby certify that the above Resolution No. 2006- was duly and regularly passed and adopted by the said City Council at a regular meeting thereof held on August 15, 2006.
____________________________
CITY CLERK

CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES