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FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING & CODE ENFORCEMENT
DATE: SEPTEMBER 5, 2006
SUBJECT: BORDER ISSUES STATUS REPORT
Staff Coordinator: Kit Fox, AICP, Associate Planner
Review the current status of border issues.
This month’s report includes:
A brief report on the latest proposal for the expansion of Rolling Hills Convent Church in Rolling Hills Estates;
A report on the first meeting of Councilwoman Janice Hahn’s Ponte Vista Advisory Group; and,
A report on the conclusion of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission’s South Bay Watershed Coordination and Outreach 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
Expansion of Rolling Hills Covenant Church, Rolling Hills Estates
After being rejected nearly a year ago, Rolling Hills Covenant Church (RHCC) recently submitted a revised proposal to expand its facilities on Palos Verdes Drive North, just east of the intersection with Palos Verdes Drive East (see attached Daily Breeze article). RHCC now proposes a 20,000-square-foot, 1,500-seat sanctuary and 5-level subterranean parking structure on its main south campus. Staff expects to review the Environmental Impact Report for the revised project in the near future.
Ponte Vista Project at Former Navy Housing Site, Los Angeles (San Pedro)
On August 10, 2006, the Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn’s Ponte Vista Advisory Board convened its first meeting. The 13-member Board includes representatives of the Peninsula Verde, Rolling Hills Riviera and Mira Verde homeowners’ associations in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.
In opening remarks by Councilwoman Janice Hahn, she reiterated her position that 2,300 units were too much for the 62-acre site. In response, developer Bob Bisno expressed confidence that, through the specific plan process, he would demonstrate that this density was appropriate for the site. Los Angeles Principal City Planner Betsy Weisman briefly discussed the specific plan process, and its relationship to the city’s General Plan and zoning regulations. She also noted that, as reported in the Daily Breeze and Peninsula News on August 10, 2006, the City of Los Angeles will be hiring a city planner who would be assigned specifically to the processing of the Ponte Vista project.
Future Advisory Group meetings are scheduled for September 14 and 21, 2006. Staff will continue to attend and report upon these meetings.
Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission’s South Bay Watershed Coordination and Outreach Project
The third and final stakeholder meeting for the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission’s (SMBRC) South Bay Watershed Coordination and Outreach Project was held on Tuesday, August 3, 2006, in Redondo Beach. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC) prepared a list of candidate habitat restoration and acquisition projects with the assistance of Planning and Public Works staff. Planning Staff also prepared more detailed descriptions of proposals for improvements at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center and public access improvements at Founders’ Park. SMBRC Staff intends to use this final list of South Bay projects to help match up local jurisdictions with funding sources to implement these watershed improvement projects in the future.
New Border Issues
There are no new Border Issues on which to report at this time.
Daily Breeze article regarding Rolling Hills Covenant Church (August 28, 2006)