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RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS STEERING COMMITTEE CODE AMENDMENT AND ZONE CHANGE - (RDSSC)   DEPARTMENT DIVISIONS

Project Background

In 2003, the City Council formed the Residential Development Standards Steering Committee (RDSSC), charged with the task to review the City’s residential development standards in relation to current housing construction trends.  The RDSSC was composed of residents, Planning Commissioners and City Councilmembers.  The RDSSC met for nearly two (2) years and, in August 2006, presented its recommended amendments to the City Council for its consideration and eventual adoption.  In summary, the RDSSC recommendations include (but are no limited to):

  • Changes to the rear-yard and interior side-yard setbacks for zoning districts within the “Lots Created Prior to Incorporation/Annexation” category;
  • Rezoning the residential portions of the Eastview area from RS-4 to RS-5;
  • Establishing an overlay zone for Tract No. 16010 in the Mira Vista area that creates development standards that are more compatible with this neighborhood’s unique conditions; and
  • Amendments to criteria relating to fences, walls, and hedges, the lot coverage definition, parking and driveway standards, private street criteria, mechanical equipment, fountains, and the sloping-lot step criteria.

On August 1, 2006, the City Council reviewed the RDSSC recommendations and authorized the initiation of a Code Amendment and Zone Change to enact them.  The Planning Commission reviewed the RDSSC recommendations at a series of public hearings held between November 2007 and December 2009.  On December 8, 2009, the Planning Commission adopted a resolution summarizing its recommendations to the City Council.  A public hearing was scheduled to be held before the City Council to discuss the Planning Commission’s recommendations and the proposed DRAFT NEGATIVE DECLARATION, on May 4, 2010.  On April 7, 2010, this public hearing was re-scheduled for May 18, 2010, and was then continued again to the meeting of June 1, 2010.  The Staff report for the June 1, 2010, meeting will be substantially the same as the May 18, 2010, Staff report (see link below).

Proposed Project Description

The Planning Commission’s recommendations are summarized in P.C. Resolution No. 2009-52 (see “quick link” below).  In addition to making recommendations about general development standards in the City’s single-family neighborhoods, the Planning Commission endorsed two (2) RDSSC recommendations to change the zoning in portions of the Eastview area of the City:

  • All of the detached, single-family neighborhoods in the Eastview area are currently zoned RS-4.  The RS-4 zone requires a minimum 10,000-square-foot lot and maximum 50-percent lot coverage.  However, the RDSSC found that the Eastview area is actually developed more in line with the standards of the RS-5 zone, which requires a minimum 8,000-square-foot lot and maximum 52-percent lot coverage.  Therefore, the RDSSC recommended re-zoning these neighborhoods to reflect the actual development conditions that exist “on the ground.”  The effect of these changes will be to reduce the number of non-conforming properties in Eastview while allowing homeowners to renovate and improve their homes more easily.
  • The RDSSC also identified a neighborhood in Eastview (known as Mira Vista) that contains some of the smallest and oldest homes in the Eastview area.  Mira Vista includes homes on Trudie Drive, Jaybrook Drive, Highmore Avenue, Homeworth Drive, Bayend Drive and Trotwood Avenue.  As originally constructed in the late 1940s, these were very small 2-bedroom homes with 1-car garages, often on very small lots.  In the past, many homeowners were allowed to convert the original garages into living space.  As a result, many homes are now non-conforming with respect to off-street parking, setbacks, lot coverage and other development standards.  The RDSSC recommended creating an Overlay Control District for Mira Vista that would provide greater flexibility for property owners who wish to renovate and improve the homes in this unique neighborhood.

Maps depicting the boundaries of these zone changes are included with P.C. Resolution No. 2009-52 and the Draft Negative Declaration below.  The resolution also includes the Code language for the proposed Mira Vista Overlay Control District.

Additional Information

For further information about the Residential Development Standards Steering Committee Code Amendment and Zone Change, please contact Associate Planner Kit Fox with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes at 310-544-5228 or via email at kitf@rpv.com.

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