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September 11, 2013 Update - Planning Commission Approves Draft Text for General Plan Update
At their August 27, 2013 meeting, the Planning Commission completed their review of Staff’s proposed changes to the Draft “Table of Contents”, “Introduction”, “Conservation and Open Space Element”, “Land Use Element”, “Circulation Element”, “Visual Resources Element”, “Safety Element”, “Housing and Social Services Element”, “Noise Element”, “Fiscal Element” and “Glossary”. At the meeting, the Commission approved the text for all of these sections.
Please click on the following links to access the most up to date Draft documents that have been approved by the Planning Commission:
Table of Contents
As the Draft Text has been completed, Staff will now be working on a few more Land Use Map changes, in addition to developing text, goals and policies to address Climate Change issues as required by State Law. These items, in addition to any other necessary changes to the Draft approved text, will be reviewed by the Planning Commission through future public hearings prior to incorporation into the Draft document. Once these additional updates are completed, Staff will prepare the required environmental analysis as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Upon completion of the CEQA analysis, the Draft Update and CEQA analysis will be brought back to the Commission during a public hearing for final review and decision (recommendation to the City Council). The City Council will then consider and adopt the entirety of the document including the environmental analysis in one or more future public hearings.
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August 27, 2013 - Proposed Revisions to the Draft General Plan Update Document
At the July 23, 2013 Planning Commission Meeting, the Commission reviewed Staff’s proposed changes to the Draft “Table of Contents”, “Introduction”, “Conservation and Open Space Element”, “Land Use Element” and the “Circulation Element”. At the meeting, the Commission accepted Staff’s proposed revisions with modifications, and requested that Staff make additional minor modifications. The Commission then continued the General Plan Update item to the August 27, 2013 meeting so that the Commission could review the remainder of the General Plan.
Since the July 23rd meeting, Staff has revised the Draft documents (noted above) to incorporate the Commission’s action on July 23rd. Please click on the following links to access the revised documents:
As shown in the attached documents, via Comment Boxes, there are a few additional items that Staff would like to review with the Commission at the August 27th meeting. At the August 27th meeting, Staff will recommend that the Commission review those remaining items first so that this first set of documents (noted above) can be completed prior to the Commission providing comment on the remainder of the Elements (Visual Resources, Safety, Housing and Social Services, Noise, Fiscal, Glossary), which can be accessed below.
Staff is making the documents noted above available ahead of the August 27th meeting to allow the Commissioners and the public additional time to review the revised documents.
Please contact the project manager, Deputy Community Development Director, Gregory Pfost, at (310) 544-5228 or via e-mail at email@example.com if you have any questions.
July 23, 2013 - Staff Proposed Revisions to the Draft General Plan Update Document
At prior Planning Commission meetings, the Commission had reviewed and approved all of the “Draft” text in each element of the General Plan Update. However, because the Commission and Staff had been reviewing the elements individually without the benefit of seeing them in relation to each other, as noted at previous meetings, Staff had always envisioned recommending additional text revisions to help the document read better, to provide additional updates, and to address previous Commission comments/questions.
Staff has recently completed its recommended revisions. Review of the proposed Staff recommended revisions will begin at the July 23, 2013 Planning Commission meeting., which will be held at 7pm at Hesse Park Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard., Rancho Palos Verdes. Staff is making the document available ahead of the normal schedule to allow the Commissioners and the public additional time to review the proposed revisions.
Below are individual links to each section of the General Plan. Each section is the Planning Commission’s previously approved “Draft” Element with Staff’s proposed text revisions shown in underline text for text proposed to be added and strikethrough text for text proposed to be removed. Additionally, Staff has added text boxes where larger changes have been made to describe the purpose of the change and/or where Staff seeks input/direction from the Commission. Please click on the following links to access the documents:
At the July 23rd meeting, Staff will be requesting that the Commission review, comment and/or approve Staff’s proposed amendments. Since this is the first time the Commission is seeing all of the Draft elements in one document and there are quite a few recommended changes, Staff envisions that the Commission may not complete their review in one meeting. If that is the case, the Commission will continue their review of the proposed text amendments to a future meeting.
In reviewing the document, one will notice that Staff has started to place photographs into the document and attached a Table of Contents and Glossary. These are draft and were added to simply show how the entire document is beginning to take shape. Before the document is formally adopted, additional format changes, graphics and photographs will be added to provide a more polished look.
February 26, 2013 - Review of "Hazard" (“Hillside”) areas as part of General Plan Update
September 11, 2012 - Review of the Active and Passive Recreational Areas as Part of the General Plan Update
In July 2011, when Staff presented the Commission with all of the Updated General Plan Elements in one combined document with additional proposed text revisions by Staff to help it read better and comment boxes to address specific issues, within the “updated” Conservation and Open Space Element, Staff identified an issue pertaining to the “Active” and “Passive” Recreational areas within the City.
In an attempt to address the “Active”/”Passive” issue, within the July 26, 2011 Planning Commission Staff Report, Staff proposed an alternative for the Commission’s consideration. Basically, because Staff felt that there was some un-clarity related to the definitions of “Active” and “Passive”, and that some Parks today have uses that seem to fall within both the “Active” and “Passive” definitions and thus not fitting exactly into one particular category, Staff proposed an alternative that would remove the “Active” and “Passive” designations and simply change the land use designation to “Park”. After the July 26th Staff Report was released to the public, the City received many email comments expressing concern regarding Staff's draft recommendation to remove the “Active” and “Passive” designations. Additionally, on August 8, 2011, Staff met with approximately 20 members of the public regarding this issue. At the meeting, the public asked questions of Staff, and expressed their extreme opposition and displeasure with Staff’s draft text that would eliminate the “Active” and “Passive” designations.
Realizing that this is a very important issue to the community, on July 26, 2011, the Commission continued the public hearing until such time as Staff has had an opportunity to meet with members of the public and provide at least 30 days notice to the public that this item will be brought back to the Planning Commission.
Staff is now prepared to bring this issue back to the Planning Commission for discussion at their public meeting to be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. A Draft Staff Report has been prepared that provides a Background and Discussion on the issues along with a Staff recommendation, which in part recommends keeping the “Active” and “Passive” Park designations. To view the Draft Staff Report please click here.
Based on comments received from the public, a final Staff Report will be prepared and presented to the Commission as part of the regular agenda packet that will go out the week prior to the September 11th meeting.
June 14, 2012 Update
General Plan Update Background:
The City Council firmly believes that the current General Plan, created and adopted in 1975, is a masterpiece of visionary planning that has served the City well over the past 38 years. However, the Council also acknowledges that certain portions of the General Plan are either outdated or factually incorrect and need a fresh look. Some portions of the Plan that need to be reviewed and updated include traffic, geology and open space from the aspect of existing conditions as well as a vision for the future.
Included in the 1975 General Plan is a list of 28 Goals and 190 policies. These goals and policies were generated by a “grass-roots” organization of over 200 City residents who formed themselves into thirteen committees to look at different elements of the General Plan including land use, recreation and parks, safety and fiscal policy and offer their ideas to guide the future of the City.
As a first step toward updating the General Plan the City Council created a 15-member General Plan Update Steering Committee. The purpose of the committee was to review the existing Goals and Policies of the General Plan and determine which Goals and Policies need to be eliminated, revised or maintained, and if any new Goals and Policies should be proposed, and what technical areas of the General Plan need updating. After over two years of work, on November 4, 2004, the General Plan Update Steering Committee completed their task of reviewing all of the existing goals and policies of the 1975 General Plan. The Steering Committee’s recommendations, along with a General Plan Update Program, were presented to the City Council on December 21, 2004. To find out exactly what changes have been proposed by the Steering Committee, you can access the most recent copy of the "General Plan Goals and Policies - As modified by the General Plan Steering Committee" by clicking below.
At the December 21, 2004 City Council meeting, the Council (1) Directed Staff to proceed with drafting proposed amendments to the General Plan Goals and Policies as recommended by the General Plan Update Steering Committee for future review by the Planning Commission and City Council; (2) Directed Staff to proceed with an update of the factual information within the General Plan for future review by the Planning Commission and City Council; (3) Directed Staff to proceed with the proposed improvements to the general format of the General Plan and the mandatory elements for future review by the Planning Commission and City Council in order to make the Plan more user friendly; (4) Directed Staff to release an RFQ to obtain consultant assistance with updating portions of the General Plan; and (5) Disbanded the General Plan Update Steering Committee.
Progress on the General Plan Update was delayed since the December 21, 2004 Council meeting while Staff focused its attention on a variety of high profile development projects and other issues. In April 2006, Staff sent out a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to obtain consultant assistance with updating the General Plan, and on February 20, 2007, the City Council entered into an agreement with three consulting firms to assist Staff with the update. Since 2007, Staff has been working with the consultants on revising the document.
On September 29, 2009, the City Council and Planning Commission held a Workshop with the main purpose of providing a “Kick-off” to the General Plan Update process. At the Workshop, the Council provided direction to Staff on various items regarding the update process including providing direction on the process.
“Draft” General Plan Land Use Map Changes:
“Draft” General Plan Background Studies