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FROM: CITY MANAGER
DATE: NOVEMBER 7, 2006
In May 2002, the City Council established the Open Space, Planning and Recreation and Parks Task Force to study a wide range of recreation and open space issues facing the City of Rancho Palos Verdes. The Task Force conducted an extensive public outreach effort to better assess and identify the community’s goals, ideas, and opinions. This effort included a professional telephone survey, stakeholder meetings, and two facilitated public workshops. From its inception, a significant portion of the Task Force’s resources was focused on developing a plan for Upper Point Vicente Park. A number of groups, including the San Pedro YMCA, Zenith Aquatic Program (ZAP) and the Palos Verdes Art Center were interested participants in the Upper Point Vicente planning process. The Task Force Report was presented to the City Council on June 29, 2004.
Approximately nine months later, at their meeting of March 29, 2005, the City Council heard a number of options for developing Upper Point Vicente ranging from the Task Force’s recommended approach to plans that emphasized civic and cultural aspects, civic and recreation components, and civic and open space access. The City Council also heard a proposal that evening from Art Center representatives describing a concept under which the Art Center would construct a $15 million facility on City land, deed it to the City and lease it back through a long term lease arrangement. The City Council approved the plan in concept and encouraged the Art Center to continue its study of the site. The Council also agreed on other potential uses for the Civic Center site. The following is an excerpt from the minutes of the March 29, 2005 City Council meeting:
Mayor Clark noted that Council had reached a consensus on the major components to be considered for the Upper Point Vicente site, including a remodeled City Hall with new Council Chambers, a new facility for the Palos Verdes Art Center, an outdoor pool, a gymnasium, a village green, an amphitheater, a band shell and trail heads; and asked staff to look at the site map and determine how it might all fit together and report back to Council. Without objection, Mayor Clark so ordered. He asked that staff work with the representatives from the Palos Verdes Art Center to bring in an architect to help out in this initial planning phase, and noted that this was not intended to be a full scale development project at this time.
At their meeting of April 18, 2006 the City Council received a staff report with the following recommendations:
The City Council approved the second recommendation only.
A number of concerns are pertinent to any significant development at Upper Point Vicente and will need to be further analyzed if the City Council decides to proceed with developing a plan for a civic center complex at this site. These concerns include availability of utilities, parking/circulation, grading/phasing, impact on existing maintenance yard, impact on trails/habitat and access/sightline analysis.
Access and parking are also becoming a concern with the pending agreement with the Art Center. In order to accommodate access and parking for anticipated uses, a master plan showing potential building sites, an interior road system and parking lots should be prepared.
Finally, a Master Plan of the entire site should be developed before the City makes further commitments to future uses. Attached is a proposal from a premier architectural and planning firm that will give the City Council an idea of the scope and cost of such a plan.
Attachments: Task Force Plan for Upper Point Vicente