Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

SEPTEMBER 19, 2006 RANCHO RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL AGENDA - TERRANEA (LONG POINT) RESORT HOTEL PROJECT: CUP NO. 215, ET. AL. ONE-YEAR TIME EXTENSION SEPTEMBER 19, 2006 RANCHO RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL AGENDA - TERRANEA (LONG POINT) RESORT HOTEL PROJECT: CUP NO. 215, ET. AL. ONE-YEAR TIME EXTENSION SEPTEMBER 19, 2006 RANCHO RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL AGENDA -TERRANEA (LONG POINT) RESORT HOTEL PROJECT: CUP NO. 215, ET. AL. ONE-YEAR TIME EXTENSION



TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING AND CODE ENFORCEMENT

DATE: SEPTEMBER 19, 2006

SUBJECT: TERRANEA (LONG POINT) RESORT HOTEL PROJECT: CUP NO. 215, ET. AL. ONE-YEAR TIME EXTENSION

Prepared By: Ara Michael Mihranian, AICP, Senior Planner

RECOMMENDATION

Approve the applicant’s one-year time extension request, thereby extending the project approvals to October 7, 2007.

BACKGROUND

On August 28, 2002, the Long Point Resort Hotel project was unanimously approved by the City Council. Subsequently, the City’s decision was appealed to the Coastal Commission. On August 7, 2003, after conducting an appeal hearing, the Coastal Commission approved the project with modified conditions of approval. On October 7, 2003, the modified conditions were accepted by the City Council, marking the Council’s decision as the final project approval date. Subsequent to the Council’s final approval, the applicant requested the Council’s consideration of the following revisions:

- Revision ‘A’ – On September 7, 2004 the City Council amended the conditions of approval to allow a mix of 50 guest rooms or guest suites (maximum 66 keys) and 20 bungalow units (maximum 40 keys) to be sold to individual persons or private entities with deed restrictions limiting the duration of use. In addition, the Council agreed to establish a 1% Property Transfer Fee payable to a non-profit organization when the units are sold.
- Revision ‘B’ - On April 19, 2005, the City Council amended Condition No. 40a to clarify the subdivision process available to the applicant for satisfying the State Subdivision Map Act requirements relating to the sale of the villas, casitas, bungalows, and hotel suites.
- Revision ‘C’ – On October 4, 2005, the City Council amended the conditions of approval to allow for limited valet and compact stall parking standards, and to eliminate the requirement for the construction of a Class I bicycle path.
- Revision ‘D’ – On March 21, 2006 the City Council approved a change to the golf amenity of the approved project from a 3-hole golf practice facility with a driving range to a 9-hole short game golf academy. Additionally, the City Council approved minor modifications to the layout of the project’s site plan through a determination that the minor changes are in substantial compliance with the original approval.

In addition to the above, on May 17, 2005, the City Council determined that modifications to the layout of the site plan, specifically in regards to the placement of certain buildings, were in substantial compliance with the original project approval. The Council approved minor modifications to the site plan were subsequently approved by the Coastal Commission.

DISCUSSION

As noted above, the official approval date for the project entitlements is October 7, 2003. According to the adopted conditions, the project entitlements are valid for two years from the final approval date (until October 7, 2005), unless a time extension is granted by the City Council or plans have been submitted to Building and Safety for plan check review. Since the project entitlements include an approved tentative parcel map, the two-year time period established by the City’s Conditions of Approval is based on the State established time period for approved parcel maps. Pursuant to State requirements, a tentative parcel map may be extended by three one-year time extensions for a total life of five years.

On October 4, 2005, the City Council granted the first one-year time extension extending the project entitlements to October 7, 2006. The applicant is now requesting that the City Council grant a second one-year time extension to allow additional time to complete the project plans so that grading and building permits may be issued by the City and the Coastal Commission to begin construction (see attached request letter). Staff believes that the time extension request is warranted because the project plans have not been completed for permit issuance. As a result, Staff is recommending that the City Council extend the current project entitlements for an additional year, making October 7, 2007 the new expiration date.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

According to the applicant, they expect to begin construction sometime in December 2006. As previously noted to the Council, the applicant believes it will take approximately two years to complete the project.

CONCLUSION

The applicant’s current approved tentative parcel map is set to expire on October 7, 2006. The applicant is seeking a one-year time extension of the map to October 7, 2007. Staff believes that the time extension is warranted to allow additional time to complete the project grading and building plans for compliance with the City’s and the Coastal Commission’s Conditions of Approval. Therefore, Staff recommends that the City Council approve the applicant’s request to extend the project entitlements by an additional one-year to October 7, 2007.

Respectfully submitted,

Joel Rojas
Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement

Reviewed by:

Les Evans
City Manager

ATTACHMENTS (The following attachment is not available electronically, but can be viewed at the Planning Department at City Hall)

- Time Extension Request Letter