CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES
JANUARY 9, 2001
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Lyon at 7:00 p.m. at the Fred Hesse Community Building, 27301 Hawthorne Boulevard.
Director/Secretary Rojas led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Present: Commissioners Cartwright, Long, Paulson, Vannorsdall and Chairman Lyon.
Absent: Commissioner Mueller and Vice Chairman Clark were excused.
Also present were Director of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement Rojas, Senior Planner Fox, and Recording Secretary Peterson.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Without objection, the agenda was approved as presented.
Chairman Lyon began by wishing everyone a happy New Year and thanking the Commission and staff for the good work they had done last year.
Director/Secretary Rojas reported that at the City Council meeting of December 19, 2000 the City Council had: 1) Formally adopted the Resolution which denied the appeal of the grading permit on Cachan Place. He noted that the Planning Commission would be hearing a new grading application for the property at a meeting in the future; 2) Directed staff to forward the Draft Housing Element to Sacramento; and, 3) Considered the appeal request for the CPH guard booths and voted to hear the appeal at their next meeting.
Director/Secretary Rojas introduced the two new assistant planners, Erik Krause and Beilin Yu, to the Planning Commission.
Commissioner Long discussed material he received in the mail regarding the proposed addition at Marymount College.
1. Minutes of December 12, 2000
Commissioner Long noted a typo on page 2 of the minutes. He also noted a typo on page 4 of the minutes.
Chairman Lyon noted a statement he had made on page 14 of the minutes. He felt the language was garbled and offered a clarification. He also noted a grammatical error on page 15.
Commissioner Vannorsdall asked that the minutes reflect his statement that he had attended the Traffic Committee meeting and that he had consulted with Palos Verdes Engineering regarding the water situation at Villa Capri. He also stated that he had received information that the church had put in sump pumps on some of their drains. He felt that this was an indication that the information provided by the architect was not correct and asked staff to look into it.
Director/Secretary Rojas stated he would look into the situation.
Without objection the minutes were approved as amended, (5-0).
2. Height Variation No. 900 and Site Plan Review No. 8768: Craig Quinn (applicant) 5743 Sunmist Drive
Director/Secretary Rojas stated that this was an item previously heard by the Planning Commission. He explained that the applicant and architect were still working on a solution to some of the problems at the site and had not yet met with staff as the Commission had directed. Therefore, staff was recommending tabling the item. Once the meetings have been held with staff and a date could be determined for the hearing, new notices will be issued.
Commissioner Vannorsdall moved to table the public hearing, as recommended by staff, seconded by Commissioner Paulson. Approved, (5-0).
3. Conditional Use Permit No. 132-Revision ‘D’: Peninsula School of Performing Arts (applicant) 6245 Via Canada
Senior Planner Fox presented the staff report. He explained the history of the Conditional Use Permit, including its expiration in 1997. He explained that once the expiration had come to staff’s attention staff had notified the applicant and Discovery World, as well as the school district. He stated that the current proposal included no changes in the scope or capacity of the use. He noted that staff had received one letter of opposition to the project, however it seemed to be directed more at a desire to have the Miraleste Elementary School re-opened rather than any specific objection to the program offered by Peninsula School of Performing Arts. He stated that staff believed that all applicable findings for the approval of the Conditional Use Permit revision could be made for the continued operation of the Peninsula School of Performing Arts and recommended adoption of the draft Resolution.
Commissioner Paulson noted that the City had notified the applicant three times regarding their expired Conditional Use Permit, beginning in September of 1999. He asked staff why it took until November 2000 for the applicant to apply for the revision.
Senior Planner Fox explained that in this instance the issue of the Conditional Use Permit expiration had been brought to staff’s attention by accident and therefore wasn’t considered a typical code enforcement case where a complaint had been filed. Staff had given a little more leeway to the applicant in responding since no complaint had been filed. He also explained that there was some delay in the initial response since staff had made contact initially with the school district, being the property owner. He noted that it took quite some time for the school district to decide to assign the responsibility of renewing the permit to the tenants. He noted that there had been on-going contact and discussion with the applicants concerning the issues involved.
Commissioner Cartwright moved to adopt P.C. Resolution No. 2001-01, conditionally approving Conditional Use Permit No. 132-Revision ‘D’, as recommended, seconded by Commissioner Vannorsdall. Approved, (5-0).
COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE (REGARDING NON-AGENDA ITEMS)
Lois Larue 3136 Barkentine Road noted that Palos Verdes Drive South began at Point Vicente. She stated that during the discussion of the Montessori School at the last meeting there appeared to be some confusion as to where the proposed left turn lane was to be located, Palos Verdes Drive South or Palos Verdes Drive West.
Director/Secretary Rojas clarified that the left turn lane was proposed for Palos Verdes Drive West. However, the current legal “U’ turn lane was a mile down the road on Palos Verdes Drive South.
Commissioner Vannorsdall moved to adjourn, seconded by Commissioner Paulson. The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.