RANCHO PALOS VERDES CITY COUNCIL
ADJOURNED REGULAR MEETING
MARCH 9, 2002
The meeting was called to order at 8:00 A.M. by Mayor John McTaggart, notice having been given with affidavit thereto on file.
Gardiner, Ferraro, Stern & Mayor McTaggart
Also present were City Manager Les Evans, Assistant City Manager Carolynn Petru, Administrative Services Director/City Clerk Jo Purcell, Public Works Director Dean Allison, Recreation & Parks Director Ron Rosenfeld and Finance Director Dennis McLean.
Leonard and June Wood of Wood & Associates were also present to conduct the Team Building and Goal Setting Session of the Meeting.
Mr. Wood began the session by distributing the Strength Deployment Inventory assessment that was completed by all participants.
The next portion of the team building focused on the current and projected time allocation for the City Manager, the Assistant City Manager and each of the department directors insofar as the Council’s directives were concerned.
Discussion of this time allocation focused on the reality of accomplishment of goals and directives under current staffing and the necessity of supplementing staffing to complete these directives in a timely manner, and, if necessary review of the directives with a view toward scaling them back to reflect available budget and staffing resources.
The team building portion of the meeting concluded at 12:00 Noon. No action was taken.
General Plan Update
Director Rojas presented his March 9th staff report which made the following recommendation: 1) Formulate a "General Plan Update Committee" to review the General Plan Goals and Policies, as well as the technical updates identified by Staff and make a recommendation to the City Council as to scope of the necessary General Plan amendments; and 2) Direct Staff to develop and implement a public participation strategy to include creating a "General Plan Update" site on the City's Web page with the ability for the public to join an e-mail list serve group, providing notice in the newspaper and to all Homeowner Associations of all Committee meetings, press releases to update the public on the status of the update, and other methods.
Council concern was that this committee have a broad-based membership; that the proposed timeline of approximately one to two years for completion was too long and could be accelerated inasmuch as this was a review and not the first time writing of the Plan; that the anticipated cost of between $200,000 and $400,000 was also excessive for much the same reason; and, that staff should consider phasing this project to reduce both time and cost.
It was felt that the General Plan should be reviewed for areas that needed to be brought into compliance; how those areas could be identified; and, how this review process could be phased, such as identifying the goals and objectives. Council reiterated its concern that the number of residents polled for this review be an adequate representation of the population for their recommendations to be considered credible.
Ken Dyda, 5715 Capeswood, presented a written statement outlining a proposed process for citizen participation in the 2002 Revision and Update of the 1974 Rancho Palos Verdes General Plan Goals. The purpose of this process was to provide citizen input to the City Council for the deliberation and incorporation into the update of the General Plan and subsequently for the Development Code. Mr. Dyda’s proposal detailed the objective, participation, history, composition and organization of the 14 subcommittees that would prepare revisions and recommendations for the City Council. Also a part of this proposal was a proposed schedule for the accomplishment of this review. (Mr. Dyda’s written proposal is on file with the City Clerk’s Office.)
Council discussion of the proposal centered on the number of subcommittees and whether it would be necessary to have 14; where the proposal allowed for staff and Council participation; and the absolute importance that there be as broad a base as possible for public participation in the review before recommendations are presented to the City Council.
Councilman Gardiner moved, seconded by Councilwoman Ferraro that a steering committee be made up of certain members of the Council, the Planning Commission, the Council of Homeowners and other representative groups such as the youth sports coalition, the seniors, the docents, Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy, the School District and others be formed to develop a plan on how the matter of citizen participation will be approached for this General Plan review; motion carried unanimously.
Interview of Applicants
Council then proceeded to interview a candidate for the Planning Commission as well as all of the candidates for the Traffic Committee.
Adjourn: At 4:00 P.M. the meeting adjourned to Monday, March 11 at 6:00 P.M. for an Adjourned Regular City Council meeting. Motion made by Mayor McTaggart.