M I N U T E S
RANCHO PALOS VERDES REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
JANUARY 21, 2003
The meeting was called to order at 10:38 P.M. by Chair Stern at Fred Hesse Community Park, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard.
PRESENT: Clark, Gardiner, McTaggart, and Chair Stern
Also present were Executive Director Les Evans; Assistant Executive Director Carolynn Petru; Agency Attorney Carol Lynch; Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement Joel Rojas; Director of Public Works Dean Allison; Deputy Planning Director Gregory Pfost, Agency Secretary Jo Purcell; and Recording Secretary Dianne McGivern.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA:
Member McTaggart moved, seconded by Chair Stern, to approve the Agenda as submitted. Motion carried.
Authorization for Standard Pacific to include the RDA Owned Crestridge Parcel as part of their Project Application (701 x 1900)
Deputy Planning Director Gregory Pfost presented the staff memorandum of January 21 and the following recommendation: determine whether to give Standard Pacific Homes formal authorization to include the RDA owned Crestridge parcel as part of their project application.
Deputy Pfost indicated that the developer desires to include the RDA property in their proposed senior project. He stated that previously the Board expressed concerns regarding zoning and the institutional appearance of the proposed plan. He indicated that often those issues are worked out during the planning stages and the EIR review.
Deputy Pfost stated that the Board is to decide whether Standard Pacific will be able to include the City’s Redevelopment Agency parcel within their project. He stated that staff recommends an exclusive negotiating agreement with Standard Pacific to alleviate concerns of interrupted or nullified negotiations because of third parties. He suggested, however, that such agreement should not guarantee the Board’s final decision.
Steve Kaplan, Standard Pacific Homes, indicated that although the Council gave a nodding authority to move forward, Standard Pacific would like assurances from the RDA Board that negotiations would be secure and uninterrupted by a third party.
RDA Attorney Lynch stated that Standard Pacific Homes could provide a conceptual plan. She commented that staff could not deem their application complete without RDA approval.
Chair Stern clarified the ability for the RDA to deny the application even with a development agreement in place.
Mr. Kaplan agreed and stated that the plans are filed in the Planning Department. He stated that the next step is to hire an EIR consultant to proceed with the environmental process. He indicated that an exclusive negotiating agreement was desirable.
Member Gardiner stated that he was not prepared to enter into an exclusive agreement, as it would compromise the RDA’s options.
Member McTaggart stated that if the funds for the RDA land are not utilized, then the money goes back to the state.
RDA Attorney Lynch stated that even with an agreement, if the Board does not approve of the final project plan, it would still be able to deny the application.
Member McTaggart stated that the project contains a senior center.
Chair Stern added that it also contains affordable units.
Member McTaggart stated that if the number of affordable units meets the State’s requirement, and a senior center is also included, it would be ideal.
Chair Stern indicated that the developer is aware of the financial risk involved in submitting an application.
Member Clark stated that Standard Pacific had the most feasible plan. He indicated that although they were invited to submit conceptual plans, there had not been a final approval.
Mr. Kaplan requested of the Board an exclusive negotiating agreement to ensure that their investment would be protected until the final presentation is made.
Member Gardiner suggested Standard Pacific provide their plans to the City Council for their consideration of an exclusive agreement.
Ken Dyda, Rancho Palos Verdes, spoke in support of the Standard Pacific Plan. He indicated that the current plan doubles the amount of land previously provided to the seniors, therefore offering a solution to the parking dilemma.
Mr. Dyda stated that the structure is planned to be a single story building. He added that the seniors would have the most fantastic view in the country.
Mr. Dyda indicated that the seniors have submitted an application for a grant to the California Department of Aging to pay for the conceptual architectural designs of their facility. He stated that it is a reimbursable grant; that they are prepared to commit their own capital funds. He indicated a need to know as there is a short timeline to submit information.
Chair Stern motioned to allow Standard Pacific Homes to include the RDA property in their applications. He indicated no need for an exclusive negotiating agreement.
Member McTaggart seconded.
Motion carried on the following roll call vote:
AYES: McTaggart, Clark and Chair Stern
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 P.M. to February 4, 2003, on motion of Member Clark.
/s/ Douglas W. Stern
__/s/ Jo Purcell__
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