CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES
FEBRUARY 13, 2001
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by Chairman Lyon at 7:03 p.m. at the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall Community Room, 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard.
Commissioner Long led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Present: Commissioners Cartwright, Long, Mueller, Paulson, Vannorsdall, Vice Chairman Clark, and Chairman Lyon.
Also present were Director of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement Rojas, Associate Planner Schonborn, and Recording Secretary Peterson.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Without objection, the agenda was approved as presented.
Director/Secretary Rojas distributed one item of late correspondence regarding Agenda Item No. 3.
Director/Secretary Rojas reported that at the City Council meeting of February 6, 2001 the City Council formally adopted the Resolution upholding the Planning Commission approval of the observation booths at CPH.
Regarding a question asked at a previous Planning Commission meeting, Director/Secretary Rojas stated that there were no conditions requiring signage at the observation booth at the Island View tract.
Chairman Lyon reported on his attendance at the mayor’s breakfast. He also reported that the Planning Commission would have a hearing on the Long Point EIR on March 13, 2001.
1. Minutes of January 23, 2001
The minutes were approved as presented, (6-0-1) with Commissioner Long abstaining since he was absent from that meeting.
2. Three-month review of Conditional Use Permit No. 218: Shiraz Govani, 27774 Hawthorne Blvd. (Highridge Car Wash)
Associate Planner Schonborn presented the staff report. He explained the purpose of the three-month review was to review the amended conditions pertaining to on-site parking and lighting. He stated that staff had verified that the required parking spaces had been provided and striped. Further, the “No Parking” area has been clearly marked. He noted that staff did not observe any hand dried vehicles being parked adjacent to or in the area of the handicapped parking space. He explained that, in terms of the lighting conditions, staff had observed that the interior and exterior lighting of the business has been turned off after business hours. He stated that the applicant had installed security lighting, which had been directed toward the car wash building. He concluded by stating that staff believed that the sale of non-automotive items was being operated in accordance with the approved conditions of approval, and further felt that no further review was warranted. Therefore, staff recommended receiving and filing this report.
Vice Chairman Clark moved to receive and file the report as presented, seconded by Commissioner Long. Approved, (7-0).
3. Grading Permit No. 1928 – Revision ‘C’: Arik Abdalian (applicant) 30025 Cachan Place
Director/Secretary Rojas presented the staff report. He explained that at a previous appeal before the City Council, the City Council denied the appeal but remanded this request back to the Planning Commission for review. He explained that the proposal was to modify the approved grading by approximately 10 cubic yards to move a three- foot retaining wall to provide a four-foot wide clearance along the side of the house. He stated that staff believed the grading was minor and all of the criteria for approval of a grading permit could be made. Therefore, staff was recommending approval of the request, with the conditions contained in the staff report.
Vice Chairman Clark asked if there were any comments from the Monaco Homeowners Association regarding this request.
Director/Secretary Rojas stated that the Homeowners Association was not concerned with this retaining wall. However, they were still concerned with the rear yard grading. He stated that as far as that issue was concerned, staff was still waiting for a revised grading plan and geotechnical reports from the applicant.
Commissioner Paulson moved to approve Grading Permit No. 1928 – Revision ‘C’ as presented by staff, seconded by Commissioner Vannorsdall. Approved, (6-1) with Commissioner Mueller dissenting.
COMMENTS FROM THE AUDIENCE (REGARDING NON-AGENDA ITEMS)
Lois Larue 3136 Barkentine Road thanked the Planning Department staff for notifying her in advance that the Planning Commission meeting had been moved to the Community Room.
Barbara Gleghorn 28850 Crestridge Road stated that all City Commission and Committee members would be receiving invitations to a Point Vicente Walkabout given by SOC II in March.
ITEMS TO BE PLACED ON FUTURE AGENDAS
Vice Chairman Clark requested that an item be added to the next agenda regarding a status update by the ad-hoc committee on neighborhood compatibility.
Vice Chairman Clark moved to adjourn, seconded by Commissioner Vannorsdall. The meeting was adjourned at 7:38 p.m.