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CITY TO RESUME PROCESSING THE ATHLETIC FIELD RECONFIGURATION PROJECT

On September 9, 2014, the City received a letter from Mr. Davis, legal counsel for Marymount California University, requesting the City resume processing Marymount's application to reconfigure the 2010-Council approved Athletic Field (CUP No. 9 Revision "E"). The September 9th letter includes new/additional information regarding the application request, such as requesting to install permanent netting rather than retractable netting and the offer to install a mock-up of the proposed netting.

  • Click here to view the September 9, 2014 letter from Mr. Davis

Staff is reviewing the submitted information and developing a tentative processing schedule which will posted on the City's website accordingly within the next few weeks.

REQUEST FOR A SPECIAL USE PERMIT (ZON2014-00312)

Marymount California University requests a Special Use Permit to allow a series of outdoor special events with amplified sound, held during the 2014-2015 academic year. A total of 20 specific dates and times are proposed, as well as 2 additional dates that will be determined at a later date.

  • Click here to view the Special Use Permit Public Notice including the Requested Events Table
  • Click here to view the Notice of Decision (with Staff Report and Conditions of Approval) conditionally approving the Special Use Permit

APRIL 15, 2014 CITY COUNCIL MEETING - 6 MONTH REVIEW OF THE EXPANDED PARKING LOT PROJECT

On April 15, 2014, the City Council will be asked, as a Consent Calendar item, to Adopt Resolution No. 2014-XX amending the Conditions of Approval adopted by the City Council on June 1, 2010 under Resolution No. 2010-42 to address the operational impacts related to the East Parking Lot as directed by the City Council at its April 1, 2014 meeting.

  • Click here to view the April 15, 2014 City Council Staff Report

APRIL 1, 2014 CITY COUNCIL MEETING - 6 MONTH REVIEW OF THE EXPANDED PARKING LOT PROJECT (CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING)

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 7:00 PM at Hesse Park Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, the City Council will continue its operational review of Marymount’s new expanded parking lot. The Council’s review was continued from the Council’s February 18, 2014 meeting. The Council’s review of the parking lot will include, but not be limited to, the operation (including hours), circulation, lighting, noise, landscaping, and other concerns raised by the public. The City Council may add, delete or modify the Conditions of Approval pertinent to the expanded parking lot based on evidence presented at the hearing that demonstrates that such changes are necessary and appropriate to address impacts resulting from operation of the parking lot.

  • Click here to view the April 1, 2014 City Council Staff Report (with attachments).
  • Click here to view the Staff power point presented at the April 1st City Council Meeting.  

FILMING ACTIVITY AT MARYMOUNT ON MARCH 22, 2014

Please be aware that there is filming activity scheduled at Marymount California University at 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East on Saturday, March 22nd between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  The film shoot for a public service announcement for the non-profit American Parkinson Disease Association is scheduled to occur along the sidewalk and at the rose garden near the new East Parking Lot.  However, production parking for this shoot will restricted to the westerly portion of the campus, away from nearby homes on San Ramon Drive and Vista del Mar (no filming activity is permitted to occur at the lower terrace of the East Parking Lot).  The shoot will involve a cast and crew of 15 people.  There will be no generator, special effects, stunts or smoking allowed in conjunction with this film shoot.

This is a non-profit production and all City fees have been waived pursuant to Section 9.16.030(B) of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code.  Furthermore, conditions have been placed on the film permit to ensure compliance with the City’s Municipal Code and the City Council-adopted Conditions of Approval for the Facilities Expansion Project (CUP No.  9-Revision ‘E’).

  • Click here to view the City issued Film Permit (including Conditions of Approval and other relevant public documents)

For questions about filming in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, please contact the City's Film Permit Desk at (310) 544-5226 or film@rpv.com.  For questions about land use entitlements for Marymount California University, please contact Deputy Director of Community Development Ara Mihranian at (310) 544-5228 or aram@rpv.com.

APRIL 1, 2014 CITY COUNCIL MEETING - 6 MONTH REVIEW OF THE EXPANDED PARKING LOT PROJECT (CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING)

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 7:00 PM at Hesse Park Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, the City Council will continue its operational review of Marymount’s new expanded parking lot. The Council’s review was continued from the Council’s February 18, 2014 meeting. The Council’s review of the parking lot will include, but not be limited to, the operation (including hours), circulation, lighting, noise, landscaping, and other concerns raised by the public. The City Council may add, delete or modify the Conditions of Approval pertinent to the expanded parking lot based on evidence presented at the hearing that demonstrates that such changes are necessary and appropriate to address impacts resulting from operation of the parking lot.

Click here to view the April 1, 2014 City Council Staff Report (with attachments).

FEBRUARY 18, 2014 CITY COUNCIL MEETING - 6 MONTH REVIEW OF THE EXPANDED PARKING LOT PROJECT

Pursuant to Council Adopted Condition of Approval No. 18, the City Council at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at 7:00 PM at Hesse Park Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, will conduct a review of the operation of the recently constructed expanded parking lot project’s compliance with, and the adequacy of, the conditions of approval imposed by the City Council since it has been 6 months since the Final Certificate of Compliance was issued for the parking lot.  The Council’s review of the parking lot will include, but is not limited to, the operation (including hours), circulation, lighting, noise, landscaping, and other concerns raised by the public.  The City Council may add, delete or modify the Conditions of Approval pertinent to the expanded parking lot based on evidence presented at the hearing that demonstrates that such changes are necessary and appropriate to address impacts resulting from operation of the parking lot. 

  • Click here to view the Public Notice for the February 18th City Council Meeting
  • Click here to view the February 18th City Council Staff Report.

Inquiries or public comments should be directed to Ara Mihranian, Deputy Community Development Director at 310-544-5228 or via email at aram@rpv.com

REVISED MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION (as of November 26, 2013)

On October 31, 2013, a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration was issued informing the public that a Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) was prepared and released for public comment regarding Marymount’s CUP-Revision request to modify the athletic field and other specific conditions of the CUP that was approved by the City Council in 2010.  The text of the Draft Initial Study–Mitigated Declaration referred to visual simulations prepared for the project, identified as figures 8 through 11b.  In producing the electronic and paper versions of the Draft IS/MND, the City’s environmental consultant for this project inadvertently left out the figures themselves.  In addition, two of the original mitigation measures were inadvertently left out of the document. 

In light of these omissions, the Draft IS/MND document has been updated by inserting the missing View Simulations (Figures 8 through 11b) and Mitigations Measures TR-8 and TR-9 (in the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program at the end of the Appendices).  In order to give the public ample opportunity to review the corrected MND during the holiday season, the original 43-day public comment period for the Draft IS/MND that began on October 31, 2013 and was set to end on December 13, 2013 has been extended for an additional 42 days to January 24, 2014. 

Furthermore, the opportunity for the public to provide verbal comments on the Draft IS/MND at a public meeting before the City Council has been moved from Tuesday December 3, 2013, to Tuesday January 21, 2014.

Following the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration public review period, the Final MND will be prepared and separate notice will be provided for a future City Council meeting where the City Council will review the Final MND and consider the proposed project. 

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REMOVAL OF THE TEMPORARY GRAVEL PARKING LOT

Pursuant to the Conditions of Approval issued by the City for the Temporary Gravel Parking Lot at Marymount, work will begin on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 to remove the temporary gravel parking lot and to restore the site to its pre-existing condition.  The gravel base material used for the temporary parking lot will be hauled by Marymount to Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and will be repurposed throughout the Park’s existing parking lot.

Inquiries should be directed to Ara Mihranian, Project Planner, at 310-544-5228 or via email at aram@rpv.com.

MAY 7, 2013 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

On May 7, 2013, the City Council, as separate agenda items, will be considering the following matters related to Marymount:

  • A status report on the Parking Lot Expansion Project, Temporary Gravel Parking Lot, and a request to extend the planning entitlements and the construction completion deadline for Phase 1 of the Facilities Expansion Project beyond May 7, 2013.  Click here to view the May 7, 2013 City Council Staff Report.

  • A Professional Service Agreement between the City and Rincon Environmental Consultants to prepare an Environmental Document that assess the environmental impacts associated with the requested reconfiguration of the 2010 Council approved Athletic Field.  Click here to view the May 7, 2013 City Council Staff Report.

The following power point presentations were shown at the May 7, 2013 City Council meeting:

MAY 7, 2013 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

On May 7, 2013, the City Council, as separate agenda items, will be considering the following matters related to Marymount:

A status report on the Parking Lot Expansion Project;

A request to extend the planning entitlements and the construction completion deadline for Phase 1 of the Facilities Expansion Project beyond May 7, 2013;

A request to waive the Variance application filing fee for the revision to the 2010 Council approved Athletic Field retractable netting; and,

A Professional Service Agreement between the City and Rincon Environmental Consultants to prepare an Environmental Document that assess the environmental impacts associated with the requested reconfiguration of the 2010 Council approved Athletic Field.

The May 7th City Council Staff Reports will be posted on the City’s website on or soon after Thursday, May 2, 2013.  A list-serve message will be issued announcing the availability of the May 7th City Council Staff Reports.

Inquiries or public comments on the matters listed above should be directed to Ara Mihranian, Project Planner, at 310-544-5228 or via email at aram@rpv.com.

APRIL 16, 2013 CITY COUNCIL MEETING - RINCON CONSULTANTS INC. PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AGREEMENT

On April 16, 2013, the City Council will be asked to sign a Professional Services Agreement with Rincon Consultants, Inc., to prepare an Environmental Document for the City that assesses the environmental impacts of the University’s request to reconfigure the 2010 Council approved Athletic Field.  The Council’s action regarding the Professional Services Agreement does not approve the request but rather initiates the preparation of the required environmental document for the proposal pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  The environmental review is a process to provide information to the City’s decision makers (City Council) and the public about the proposed modifications to the athletic field. 

  • Click here to view the April 16, 2013 City Council Staff Report 

FEE WAIVER REQUEST FOR THE PROPOSED REVISION TO THE VARIANCE FOR THE ATHLETIC FIELD

On February 26, 2013, Marymount College submitted a request for the City Council’s consideration of a fee waiver ($4,213) for the revision to the Variance Application for the proposed reconfiguration of the 2010 Council approved Athletic Field.  The College’s fee waiver request is pursuant to Section 17.78.010.B of the RPVMC.  The City Council will consider the fee waiver request at a future meeting which will be announced via a list-serve message.

  • Click here to view the Variance Application fee waiver request.      

SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION PERMIT - CONSTRUCTION ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2013 (PRESIDENT'S DAY)

Pursuant to Condition of Approval No. 21, the City issued Marymount College a Special Construction Permit to allow construction on the permanent parking lot to occur on Monday, February 18, 2013 (President’s Day).  According to the College, construction on this day will occur between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (within the permitted hours of construction).    

MARYMOUNT COLLEGE-SUBMITTAL OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT REVISION 'F', ET. AL.

On January 25, 2013, Marymount College submitted the City requested additional information for its Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Revision “F” application originally submitted to the City on October 29, 2012.  Included in this submittal is a Variance application to revise the Council approved location of the proposed 30-foot tall athletic field netting. The College’s CUP Revision ‘F’  application is to modify the configuration of the Council approved athletic field and to amend specific conditions.  Specifically, Marymount College seeks the following three revisions to its current Conditional Use Permit approved by the City Council in 2010 (please note that the College is no longer requesting, as part of this proposal, to amend the construction phasing periods established in Condition No. 60). 

To remove the four tennis courts approved for the western portion of the campus in order to enlarge the playing area for the proposed Athletic Field and to change the surface material for the Athletic Field from turf grass to synthetic grass.  The proposal also changes the Council approved grading quantities requiring a revision to the Grading Permit to allow export of earth material and changes to the Council approved location of the 30-foot tall athletic field netting requiring a revision to the Variance application. 

To amend Condition No. 136 to allow up to three outdoor events (including the graduation ceremonies) with amplified sound on the Athletic Field with the approval of a Special Use Permit.

To amend Condition No. 79 to more accurately reflect the limitations on structures for primary occupancy in the identified Geologic Setback Area.

 

  • Click here to view the proposed project plans.
  • Click here to view the revised written CUP narrative accompanying the submitted application.
  • Click here to view the written Variance narrative accompanying the submitted application.

NOTICE OF PARKING LOT EXPANSION PROJECT CONSTRUCTION COMMENCEMENT

Pursuant to the 2010 Council adopted Conditions of Approval and Mitigation Measures for the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project, the public is required to be notified in advance of commencing construction.  As such, at this time, Marymount College anticipates commencing construction on the following project:

Parking Lot Expansion Project – Anticipated construction start date January 2, 2013 and anticipated completion date April 19, 2013

  • Click here to view the Notice of Construction Commencement

PHASE 1 TIME EXTENSION REQUEST – DECEMBER 18, 2012 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

At its September 4, 2012 meeting, the City Council extended the College's one-year time extension request for Phase 1 of the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project from September 30, 2012 to December 18, 2012 in order to monitor the progress of the construction of the permanent parking lot before considering extending Phase 1 a full year (September 30, 2013) as originally requested by the College.   As such, on December 18, 2012, the City Council will only consider extending the time limit for Phase 1 beyond the current December 18, 2012 deadline.  The City Council will not be considering the College’s recent application submittal of Conditional Use Permit No. 9 Revision “F” to amend the configuration of the Council approved athletic field and current conditions of approval or any other aspects of the project.  This request will be considered at a later time as part of a duly noticed public hearing.

  • Click here to view the December 18, 2012 City Council Staff Report (including the ACOE approval letter)
  • Click here to view the power point presentations from the December 18, 2012 City Council Meeting
  • Click here to view the late correspondence presented to the City Council at the December 18, 2012 Meeting

Inquiries regarding the upcoming December 18, 2012 City Council meeting on the time extension request for Phase 1 should be directed to Ara Mihranian, Project Planner, at 310-544-5228 or via email at aram@rpv.com.

MARYMOUNT COLLEGE - SUBMITTAL OF CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT REVISION 'F'

On October 29, 2012, Marymount College formally submitted the anticipated Conditional Use Permit Revision ‘F’ application to modify the configuration of the Council approved athletic field and to amend specific conditions.  Specifically, Marymount College seeks the following four revisions to its current Conditional Use Permit approved by the City Council in 2010. 
To remove the four tennis courts approved for the western portion of the campus in order to enlarge the playing area for the proposed Athletic Field and to change the surface material for the Athletic Field from turf grass to synthetic grass.  The proposal also changes the Council approved grading quantities requiring a revision to the Grading Permit to allow export of earth material. 
To amend Condition No. 136 to allow up to three outdoor events (including the graduation ceremonies) with amplified sound on the Athletic Field with the approval of a Special Use Permit.
To amend Condition No. 60 extending the time periods to complete each of the Council approved phases up to September 30, 2030 (Phase 3) but with the actual construction time period for construction not to exceed 36 months.
To amend Condition No. 79 to more accurately reflect the limitations on structures for primary occupancy in the identified Geologic Setback Area.
 
  • Click here to view the proposed project plans.
  • Click here to view the written narrative accompanying the submitted application.


TIME EXTENSION REQUEST - SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

On August 7, 2012, the City Council continued the College's one-year time extension request for Phases 1 and 2 of the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project to its September 4, 2012 meeting.  As such, on September 4, 2012, the City Council, pursuant to Condition of Approval Nos. 60a and 60b, will conduct a continued public hearing to consider the College's requested one year time extension to complete Phase 1 and a one year time extension to complete Phase 2 of the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project approved by the City Council on June 1, 2010.  According to Condition of Approvals No. 60a and 60b, Phase 1 which consists of demolition of existing buildings, grading including the installation of drainage and water quality facilities, installation of utilities, the construction of new parking areas, athletic field, tennis courts and the installation of temporary modular buildings must be completed by September 30, 2012.  Phase 2 which consists of fine grading, construction of the new library building, maintenance facility, athletic building, outdoor pool, and additions to the faculty building and student union must be completed by June 1, 2015 unless a time extension is granted by the City Council.   No time extension to the total 3-year construction activity or the overall 8-year construction time frame for Phases One, Two and Three is requested.

  • Click here to view the September 4, 2012 City Council Staff Report
  • Click here to view the Staff Power Point Presentation from the September 4th City Council Meeting
  • Click here to view the Marymount College Power Point Presentation from the September 4th City Council Meeting
  • Click here to view the late correspondence from the September 4, 2012 City Council meeting

TIME EXTENSION REQUEST - SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

On August 7, 2012, the City Council continued the College's one-year time extension request for Phases 1 and 2 of the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project to its September 4, 2012 meeting.  As such, on September 4, 2012, the City Council, pursuant to Condition of Approval Nos. 60a and 60b, will conduct a continued public hearing to consider the College's requested one year time extension to complete Phase 1 and a one year time extension to complete Phase 2 of the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project approved by the City Council on June 1, 2010.  According to Condition of Approvals No. 60a and 60b, Phase 1 which consists of demolition of existing buildings, grading including the installation of drainage and water quality facilities, installation of utilities, the construction of new parking areas, athletic field, tennis courts and the installation of temporary modular buildings must be completed by September 30, 2012.  Phase 2 which consists of fine grading, construction of the new library building, maintenance facility, athletic building, outdoor pool, and additions to the faculty building and student union must be completed by June 1, 2015 unless a time extension is granted by the City Council.   No time extension to the total 3-year construction activity or the overall 8-year construction time frame for Phases One, Two and Three is requested.

CITY ISSUES THE COLLEGE A TEMPORARY PARKING LOT PERMIT

Pursuant to the Council's August 7th directive, on August 16, 2012, the City issued the College a Temporary Parking Lot Permit allowing the development of a temporary gravel parking lot that accommodates a minimum of 90 parking spaces (101 parking spaces are proposed).  According to the College, construction will begin on Friday, August 17, 2012 in order for the parking lot to be operable by August 27, 2012 (the first day of the fall 2012 term).

The Permit issued by the City includes conditions to minimize impacts to neighboring properties, such as regulating the hours of operation (daytime use only) and minimizing dust impacts (the parking lot surface will use gravel to keep dust down), among other things.  It is important to note that the Permit is for a temporary parking lot only and will be allowed to remain in place until the College completes construction of its permanent parking lot which is expected to occur, according to the College, in a few months.
  • Click here to view the approved Temporary Gravel Parking Lot Plan
  • Click here to view the Conditions of Approval

CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPORARY PARKING LOT

On August 7, 2012, the City Council continued the College's one-year time extension request for Phases 1 and 2 of the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project to its September 4, 2012 meeting to allow the College to construct a temporary parking lot to help alleviate student street parking prior to considering its time extension request.  In doing so, the City Council affirmed the Community Development Director's determination to issue a Temporary Parking Lot Permit as part of the College's Parking Management Strategies for the 2012 - 2013 academic year.  The College is required to provide an operational on-campus temporary parking lot to accommodate a minimum of 90-parking spaces before the commencement of the fall 2012 term (August 27, 2012).   The on-campus temporary parking lot is proposed to be located in the undeveloped northwestern corner of the campus (the location of the proposed future athletic field).

At this time, the City has not issued a Temporary Parking Lot Permit, but anticipates doing so on or soon after August 15, 2012.  Once the Temporary Parking Lot Permit is issued, the City's website will be updated accordingly and a list-serve notice will be sent out with an attachment of the approved plan.  Notwithstanding, the College has started to irrigate the area in question.  This is allowed prior to the issuance of a Permit and is being done to saturate the soil in advance of any earth movement.  However, the College is not permitted to conduct any earth movement until the Permit is issued.

The Permit issued by the Community Development Department will include conditions to minimize impacts to neighboring properties.  Conditions will regulate the hours of operation (daytime use only) and minimize dust impacts (the parking lot surface will use gravel to keep dust down), among other things.  It is important to stress that the Permit is for a temporary parking lot only and will be allowed to remain in place until the College completes construction of its permanent parking lot which is expected to occur, according to the College, in a few months.

APPROVAL OF MARYMOUNT SPECIAL USE PERMIT CASE NO. ZON2012-00179

On August 9, 2012, the Community Development Director approved the annual Special Use Permit for Marymount College to allow a total of twenty-two (22) outdoor events with amplified sound during the 2012-2013 academic year. These events are outlined in the schedule attached to the Notice of Decision, dated August 9, 2012.

Please note that the appeal period for this permit expires on August 14, 2012. Should the project be appealed, the appeal will be presented to the Planning Commission for consideration.

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT NO. 9 REVISION “E” et. al. TIME EXTENSION REQUEST - AUGUST 7, 2012 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

On August 7, 2012, the City Council, pursuant to Condition of Approval Nos. 60a and 60b, will conduct a public hearing to consider the College’s requested one year time extension to complete Phase One and a one year time extension to complete Phase Two of the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project approved by the City Council on June 1, 2010.  According to Condition of Approvals No. 60a and 60b, Phase One which consists of demolition of existing buildings, grading including the installation of drainage and water quality facilities, installation of utilities, the construction of new parking areas, athletic field, tennis courts and the installation of temporary modular buildings must be completed by September 30, 2012.  Phase Two which consists of fine grading, construction of the new library building, maintenance facility, athletic building, outdoor pool, and additions to the faculty building and student union must be completed by June 1, 2015 unless a time extension is granted by the City Council.   No time extension to the total 3-year construction activity or the overall 8-year construction time frame for Phases One, Two and Three is requested.     

  • Click here to view the August 7, 2012 City Council Staff Report
  • Click here to view the August 7, 2012 Staff Power Point Presentation
  • Click here to view late correspondence from the August 7, 2012 City Council meeting
  • Click here to view the Public Notice
  • Click here to view the College’s April 11, 2012 Time Extension Request Letter
  • Click here to view the College’s July 16, 2012 Clarification Time Extension Request Letter

2012/2013 PARKING MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

Pursuant to Condition No. 158 and Mitigation Measures TR-5 and TR-6, the College is required to implement Parking Management Strategies, on an annual basis, to the satisfaction of the Community Development Director and the Director of Public Works to minimize street parking by students and visitors.  Staff will monitor the effectiveness of the proposed strategies once the fall 2012 term commences on August 27, 2012.

  • Click here to view the 2012/2013 Parking Management Strategies

REQUEST FOR A SPECIAL USE PERMIT (ZON2012-00179)

Marymount College requests a Special Use Permit to allow a series of outdoor special events with amplified sound, held during the 2012-2013 academic year. A total of 20 specific dates and times are proposed, as well as 2 additional dates that will be determined at a later date.

  • Click here to view the Special Use Permit Public Notice including the Requested Events Table

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION COMMENCEMENT

Pursuant to the 2010 Council adopted Conditions of Approval and Mitigation Measures for the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project, the public is required to be notified in advance of commencing construction.  As such, at this time, Marymount College anticipates commencing construction on the following two projects:

  • Utility Upgrade Project – Anticipated construction start date May 24, 2012 and anticipated Completion Date August 14, 2012
  • Parking Lot Expansion Project – Anticipated construction start date June 1, 2012 and anticipated completion date August 14, 2012
  • Click here to view the Notice of Construction Commencement

CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT NO. 9 REVISION “E” et. al. – TIME EXTENSION REQUEST

Pursuant to Council adopted Condition No. 60a, Phase 1 of the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project is set to expire on September 30, 2012 unless a time extension is granted by the City Council at a duly noticed public hearing.  On April 11, 2012, Marymount College submitted a written request to extend Phase 1 an additional year.  The City Council is tentatively scheduled to consider the College’s time extension request in July 2012.  A formal public notice announcing the City Council meeting will be issued at a later time.

  • Click here to view the College’s time extension request letter.

PARKING LOT EXPANSION PROJECT - APRIL 17, 2012 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The City Council will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at Hesse Park Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, to consider the College’s Parking Lot Expansion Project (Minor Modification to Planning Case No. ZON2003-00317 Conditional Use Permit – Revision “E”, Grading Permit, Variance, Minor Exception Permit, and Sign Permit).  The parking lot is proposed to be constructed this summer in the area of the existing athletic field which is in the general location of a new parking lot approved by the City Council in June 2010, as part of the College’s Facilities Expansion Project. Condition No. 8 of said approval, allows minor modifications to the approved plans provided that the modifications achieve substantially the same result as would strict compliance with such plans.  Pursuant to Section 17.78.050(A)(4) of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code, the Council is being asked to approve the expanded parking lot as a minor project modification because its location is similar in scope to the original parking lot location. 

  • Click here to view the April 17, 2012 City Council Staff Report
  • Click here to view the April 17, 2012 Staff Power Point Presentation
  • Click here to view the late correspondence from the April 17, 2012 City Council meeting

PARKING LOT EXPANSION PROJECT – REVISED PROJECT PLANS

The City Council will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at Hesse Park Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, to consider the College’s Parking Lot Expansion Project as a Minor Modification to the 2010 Council approved project (Planning Case No. ZON2003-00317 Conditional Use Permit – Revision “E”, Grading Permit, Variance, Minor Exception Permit, and Sign Permit).  In response to concerns with the project plans, on April 10, 2012, the College submitted revised plans for the Parking Lot Expansion Project.  The revised plans propose to add 109 parking spaces to the existing 343 space parking lot and to restripe a portion of the existing parking lot, adjacent to the former Preschool building, to accommodate 13 additional parking spaces and to add 10 parking spaces adjacent to the Administration Building.   The April 17, 2012 City Council Staff Report on the Parking Lot Expansion Project will be available by the end of this week.

  • Click here to view the revised Parking Lot Expansion Project Plans

PARKING LOT EXPANSION PROJECT - APRIL 17, 2012 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The City Council will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at Hesse Park Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, to consider the College’s Parking Lot Expansion Project (Minor Modification to Planning Case No. ZON2003-00317 Conditional Use Permit – Revision “E”, Grading Permit, Variance, Minor Exception Permit, and Sign Permit).  

The parking lot is proposed to be constructed this summer in the area of the existing athletic field which is in the general location of a new parking lot approved by the City Council in June 2010, as part of the College’s Facilities Expansion Project. Condition No. 8 of said approval, allows minor modifications to the approved plans provided that the modifications achieve substantially the same result as would strict compliance with such plans.  Pursuant to Section 17.78.050(A)(4) of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code, the Council is being asked to approve the expanded parking lot as a minor project modification because its location is similar in scope to the original parking lot location. 

  • Click here to view the April 17, 2012 City Council Public Notice

PARKING LOT PROJECT

On March 16, 2012, Marymount College submitted plans for the construction of an expanded parking lot (“Parking Lot Project”).  Pursuant to the 2010 Council adopted Conditions of Approval, the parking lot project consists of the construction of 120 additional parking spaces (for a total of 463 parking spaces), 16,500 cubic yards of earth movement (combined cut and fill) to accommodate the parking lot, related drainage improvements, parking lot lighting, and landscaping.  The parking lot is proposed to be constructed in the area of the existing athletic field.  The Parking Lot Project is tentatively scheduled to be considered by the City Council at its April 17, 2012 meeting.  Further information will be posted on this site.

  • Click here to view the Parking Lot Project Plans submitted on March 16, 2012

MARYMOUNT COLLEGE SUBMITS UTILITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN

On March 7, 2012, Marymount College submitted to the Building and Safety Division a Utility Improvement Plan to upgrade the existing on-campus utilities.  Thus far, no other plans or applications have been submitted.  The Utility Improvement Plan is to initiate the Plan Check process for the eventual permit issuance to install upgraded gas and electric lines throughout the campus.  The upgraded gas and electric lines are proposed to be underground with the exception of the main electrical service yard (located behind the existing office and student union buildings) and the transformers adjacent to the existing buildings.  Pursuant to the Conditions of Approval, the above ground transformers are required to be screened from the public right-of-way and neighboring properties. 

NOVEMBER 1, 2011 CITY COUNCIL MEETING – PARKING MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

On November 1, 2011, the City Council will be asked to affirm Staff’s current approach of utilizing Condition No. 158, which gives the Community Development Director and the Public Works Director the authority to require the College to implement the necessary Parking Management Strategies, as a means to minimize street parking by students and visitors. The report is based on Staff’s monitoring of the parking condition since the first day (August 29, 2011) of fall term classes began.

  • Click here to view the November 1, 2011 City Council Staff Report
  • Click here to view the City Staff Power Point Presentation presented at the November 1st Council Meeting
  • Click here to view the late correspondence submitted at the November 1st Council meeting

OCTOBER 4, 2011 CITY COUNCIL – PARKING MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES STATUS REPORT

On October 4, 2011, the City Council will receive a status report on the effectiveness of the 2011/2012 Parking Management Strategies being implemented by Marymount College for the Fall 2011 term.  The status report is based on Staff’s monitoring of the parking condition over a three week period commencing on the first day of fall term classes (August 29, 2011).

  • Click here to view the October 4, 2011 City Council Staff Report
  • Click here to view the late correspondence submitted at the October 4th Council meeting

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 MARYMOUNT COLLEGE PRESS RELEASE

On September 15, 2011, Marymount College issued a press release regarding a 20 year plan for both the Rancho Palos Verdes Campus and the San Pedro Campus (Palos Verdes Drive North Campus).  Additionally, a map was posted that identifies the five properties that make up the overall Marymount College campus including the Rancho Palos Verdes property.  

In summary, the press release indicates that the College intends to come back to the City Council in the near future with a request to increase the construction phasing time limit from 8 years to 20 years and to increase the student enrollment cap of 943 students (which the College counts as including both the 793 students in the “traditional” degree programs plus the 150 “non-traditional” students that take courses at night or on weekends) to 1,200 students (The conditions of approval established by the City Council do not combine those two numbers).

The City has been informed that the College still intends to construct the facilities approved by the City Council in 2010 but under a different timing and phasing schedule that corresponds with the same timing and phasing schedule as the San Pedro (PVDN) Campus Master Plan (20 year master plan).  However, at this time, the College is in the preliminary stages of developing a program to reflect the proposed timing and phasing schedule, and there are no updated plans or materials to provide to the City.  Furthermore, the College is not prepared at this time to submit updated project plans or applications with regards to the September 15th press release.  The City will provide updates to this webpage as new information on the Marymount College Facilities Expansion project becomes available.

REQUEST FOR A SPECIAL USE PERMIT (ZON2011-00165)

Marymount College requests a Special Use Permit to allow a series of outdoor special events with amplified sound, held during the 2011-2012 academic year. A total of 15 specific dates and times are proposed, as well as 2 additional dates that will be determined at a later date.

  • Click here to view the Special Use Permit Public Notice including the Requested Events Table        

AUGUST 2, 2011 CITY COUNCIL MEETING – INTERPRETATION REVIEW OF THE COUNCIL ADOPTED CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL

In June 2010, the City Council approved the College’s Facilities Expansion Project with 180 conditions of approval.  Since the College has not moved forward with any of the approved expansion plans, a question has been raised by Staff as to which conditions apply to the current operations of the College and which conditions apply after the expanded facilities are completed.  Section 17.78.050 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code establishes a process whereby the City Council can conduct an interpretation review of a permit decision to further define or enumerate the conditions of approval of an approved application.  Therefore, on August 2, 2011, Staff will be seeking a City Council interpretation review of the 2010 Council adopted Conditions of Approval for the College’s Facilities Expansion Project (Conditional Use Permit No. 9 Revision “E”, et. al) for the sole purpose of clarifying what conditions apply now versus after the College is renovated.   

  • Click here to view the August 2, 2011 City Council Staff Report

PROPOSED ROOF MOUNTED VENTILATION EQUIPMENT ON THE ACADEMIC BUILDING

The Planning Commission conducted a public meeting Zoning Case No. ZON2011-00083 (Site Plan Review) to allow roof mounted ventilation equipment on the existing academic building located at Marymount College.   The meeting was held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Fred Hesse Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes.  As a result of the comments raised at this meeting, the Commission continued the public hearing to its June 14, 2011 meeting.

The requested project application involves installation of roof mounted equipment on the existing Cecilia Hall Classroom Building (academic building) serving the biology and chemistry labs.  Specifically, the improvements include the installation of two roof mounted air conditioning units enclosed by an uncovered screening wall at a height of 5’-6” above the existing roof.  The roof mounted mechanical equipment screening wall dimensions are proposed at 57’-0” in length by 20’-6” in width and will be finished in a color that resembles the composite roof material.  Additionally, two roof mounted fume exhaust vents will be installed at a height of 11’-0” above the existing roof. 

  • Click here to view the proposed project plans
  • Click here to view the Public Notice
  • Click here to view the May 24th Planning Commission Staff Report
  • Click here to view the June 14th Planning Commission Staff Report
  • Click here to view the August 9th Planning Commission Staff Report
  • Click here to view the September 13th Planning Commission Staff Report

The proposed project does not involve changes or modifications to the approvals granted by the City Council on June 1, 2010 for the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project. 

MARYMOUNT COLLEGE SPECIFIC PLAN INITIATIVE MEASURE – AUGUST 10, 2010 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

The Planning Commission, at its August 10, 2010 meeting, adopted P.C. Resolution No. 2010-24 taking a position in opposition to the Marymount College Initiative Measure certified for the November 2, 2010 Special Election.

  • Click here to view the Planning Commission adopted P.C. Resolution No. 2010-24

MARYMOUNT COLLEGE SPECIFIC PLAN INITIATIVE MEASURE – JULY 27, 2010 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

The Planning Commission, at its July 27, 2010 meeting, will consider whether to adopt a resolution opposing the Marymount Initiative for the November 2, 2010 ballot.

  • Click here to view the July 27, 2010 Planning Commission Staff Report

MARYMOUNT COLLEGE SPECIFIC PLAN INITIATIVE MEASURE – JULY 20, 2010 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The City Council, at its July 20, 2010 meeting, unanimously adopted a resolution opposing the Marymount Initiative for the November 2, 2010 ballot.

  • Click here to view the Resolution Opposing the Marymount Initiative adopted by the City Council at the July 20th meeting
  • Click here to view the July 20, 2010 City Council Staff Report

MARYMOUNT COLLEGE SPECIFIC PLAN INITIATIVE MEASURE - JUNE 15, 2010 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The City Council will consider the following items in connection with the Initiative Measure at its upcoming June 15, 2010 meeting:

A Report on the Initiative Measure for the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project (including a comparison of the Initiative with the Council adopted project)

Certification of the Petition for the Marymount College Initiative Measure that creates a Campus Specific Plan

November 2, 2010 Special Municipal Election

A Report on the Permissible Actions by the City Council Concerning the Marymount College Initiative Measure

  • Click here to view this Staff Report

  • Click here to view late correspondence presented to the City Council at the June 15th meeting

The following power point presentations were shown at the June 15th Council meeting

JUNE 1, 2010 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Pursuant to the Council’s direction at its May 18, 2010 meeting, the Council is set to adopt  the CEQA and Planning Application Resolutions at its upcoming June 1, 2010 Meeting.   

  • Click here to view the June 1, 2010 City Council Staff Report with attachments.
  • Click here to view the late correspondence provided to the City Council at the June 1, 2010 meeting.
  • Click here to view the Council adopted CEQA Resolution No. 2010-41 (with Exhibits)
  • Click here to view the Council adopted Planning Entitlement Resolution No. 2010-42 (with Exhibits)

MAY 18, 2010 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Pursuant to the Council’s direction at its May 4, 2010 meeting, the Council is being asked to adopt the CEQA and Planning Application Resolutions at its upcoming May 18, 2010 Meeting.   This item is on the Council’s Consent Calendar.

  • Click here to view the May 18, 2010 City Council Staff Report with attachments.  
  • Click here to view the late correspondence transmitted to the City Council on May 18, 2010.

MAY 4, 2010 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The City Council will re-open the public hearing on the appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval of the Marymount College Facilities Expansion project on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. for further consideration and discussion of only the following issues:  

The location for the proposed athletic field;

Parking affected by the location of the proposed athletic field; and,

Consideration of any safety measures related to the location of the proposed athletic field including but not limited to increasing the height of the retractable net and/or installing a median safety barrier along Palos Verdes Drive East. 

  • Click here to view the Public Notice for the May 4, 2010 City Council meeting
  • Click here to view the May 4, 2010 City Council Staff Report
  • Click here to view the power point presentations from the May 4, 2010 City Council Meeting
  • Click here to view late correspondence presented to the City Council at the May 4th meeting

APRIL 6, 2010 CITY COUNCIL MEETING FOLLOW-UP

At its April 6, 2010 meeting, the City Council directed Staff to re-notice and re-open the public hearing on May 4, 2010 for further consideration and discussion of only the following issues:  

The location for the proposed athletic field;

Parking affected by the location of the proposed athletic field; and,

Consideration of any safety measures related to the location of the proposed athletic field including but not limited to increasing the height of the retractable net and/or installing a median safety barrier along Palos Verdes Drive East. 

Based on this Council direction, a new public notice will be provided and a staff report that is focused only on the issues identified by the Council (listed above) will be prepared for the May 4th City Council meeting.  Furthermore, as a result of this directive, final resolutions with conditions of approval will not be prepared until after Staff receives direction from the City Council at the May 4th public hearing on the issues noted above.  The final resolutions will then be prepared and presented to the City Council at the subsequent May 18, 2010 City Council meeting.

MARCH 31, 2010 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

Due to the late hour at the March 30th meeting, the City Council continued the meeting on the appeal for the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project to the next day, Wednesday, March 31, 2010.  At this meeting, the City Council upheld the Planning Commission’s conditional approval of the Marymount College Facilities Expansion project by denying the appeal filed by CCC/ME and certifying the project EIR (including Appendices A and D) with modifications as summarized below:

• Requiring, in addition to the 6-month review after construction completion of each of the three phases, a follow-up review of the project construction and operations, including hours of operations, 18-months after the entire project is completed.

• Allowing the phased construction to be completed over a period of 8 years with actual construction activity not to exceed a total of three years and that construction of Phase I include two summers.

• Requiring that the roof height for the Athletic Building be reduced by 10-feet

• Requiring that existing on-site mature trees be boxed and replanted, as deemed feasible by the City Arborist, along the southern slope (after grading) to screen the Athletic Building and retaining wall for the Fire Access Lane and Pedestrian Pathway to the satisfaction of the Community Development Director.

• Denying the construction of a new athletic (soccer) field

It was Staff’s intent to bring back the finalized resolutions for adoption at the Council’s upcoming April 6th meeting.  However, since the agenda for the April 6th meeting needed to go out by Friday, April 2nd, the 2-day turnaround was not enough time for Staff to complete the resolutions to the City Attorney’s satisfaction.  Thus, since Staff needs additional time to finalize the resolutions, Staff intends to present the finalized resolutions to the City Council for adoption at the April 20, 2010 meeting.

  • Click here to view the Staff power point presentation given at the March 31st meeting

MARCH 30, 2010 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The City Council will conduct a continued public hearing on the appeal for the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project at its March 30, 2010 meeting.  The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm at Fred Hesse Park Community Building located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes.  Please note that the Staff Report available for viewing at this time does not include the project resolutions, which will be transmitted to the Council and posted on this page, as late correspondence prior to the March 30th meeting.

  • Click here to view the March 30, 2010 City Council Staff Report (complete with attachments)
  • Click here to view the March 30, 2010 City Council Staff Report (no attachments)
  • Click here to view the City Council Memorandum on the transmittal of the Resolutions
  • Click here to view the power point presentations from the March 30th meeting
  • Click here to view late correspondence presented to the City Council at the March 30th meeting

REQUEST FOR A SPECIAL USE PERMIT (ZON2010-00101)

The College is requesting a Special Use Permit application to allow amplified sound on Castle Field on September 25, 2010, between the hours of 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm. The request is for a scholarship fundraiser event proposed to occur ever two (2) years.  All interested parties are invited to submit written comments to the Department for consideration by the Director before the end of the public notification period on April 9, 2010

  • Click here to view the Special Use Permit Public Notice        

NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF THE FINAL APPENDIX D TO THE EIR

Pursuant to the authority and criteria contained in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the CEQA Guidelines, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes has prepared and completed the Final Appendix D to the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Marymount College Facilities Expansion project. Appendix D to the EIR is an informational document that evaluates the proposed Bachelor of Arts Degree Program and the two Athletic Field Alternatives (D-1 and D-2) potential impacts to the environment and identifies ways to reduce or avoid environmental impacts through mitigation measures. The Final Appendix D encompasses the Draft Appendix D (released on January 21, 2010), the Responses to Comments to the Draft Appendix D, Errata to the Draft Appendix D, and the Mitigation Monitoring Reporting Program (MMRP).

  • Click here to view the Final Appendix D to the EIR (consisting of the MMRP, Responses to Comments, and Errata)
  • Click here to view the Public Draft Appendix D
  • Click here to view the Technical Appendices for Appendix D to the EIR.

The City Council will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 6:00 PM at Fred Hesse Park Community Building located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes to review the merits of the project under appeal and the environmental documents for the proposed project.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON DRAFT APPENDIX D TO THE FINAL EIR

The City accepted public comments on Draft Appendix D to the Final EIR between January 21, 2010 and March 8, 2010.  Appendix D analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project modifications in connection with the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program and the Athletic Field Alternatives.  

INITIATIVE MEASURE FOR THE NOVEMBER 2010 BALLOT SUBMITTED BY MARYMOUNT COLLEGE

On March 2, 2010, representatives from Marymount College submitted a proposed initiative measure to the City and requested that the City Attorney prepare a title and summary of the proposed measure, in accordance with the State Elections Code.  The title and summary that is prepared by the City Attorney will be placed on the petitions that Marymount College intends to circulate within the City.  If sufficient signatures are collected from registered City voters within the time allowed, Marymount College intends that the measure would be placed on the November 2010 election ballot. 

To briefly summarize, the purpose of the Measure would be to amend the City’s General Plan and Zoning Code to create a new specific plan district that will apply only to Marymount College's property.  The Notice of Intent to Circulate Petition that was filed with the City states in relevant part that the proposed initiative measure: "proposes legislation to adopt a General Plan amendment and enact an ordinance governing the enhancement and modernization of college campus land."  If approved by the voters, "the proposed ordinance does not increase the existing student enrollment cap for the campus.  The proposed ordinance will allow on-campus student housing for 250 students and will provide: modern educational and athletic facilities that will be available to Rancho Palos Verdes residents.  It will also include a state of the art library open to the community."  

  • Click here to view the full text of the Notice of Intent to Circulate Petition and the proposed Initiative Measure

TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The City Council will conduct the continued public hearing (continued from September 12, 2009) on the appeal of the Planning Commission's decision and the related environmental documents (including the Final Appendix D to the EIR) on the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project. The public hearing will begin at 6pm (Note the time change) at Hesse Park Community Room.  

FEBRUARY 16, 2010 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes will receive public comments solely on the new Draft Appendix D to the Final EIR at a regularly scheduled City Council meeting on February 16, 2010 at 7:00 PM at Fred Hesse Park Community Building located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes.

  • Click here to view the February 16, 2010 City Council Staff Report 
  • Click here to view late correspondence submitted at the February 16th meeting

NOTICE OF AVAILABLITY OF APPENDIX D TO THE FINAL EIR

Pursuant to the authority and criteria contained in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the CEQA Guidelines, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes has prepared and completed a Draft Appendix D to the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Marymount College Facilities Expansion project.  Appendix D to the EIR is an informational document that evaluates the proposed Bachelor of Arts Degree Program and the two Athletic Field Alternatives (D-1 and D-2) potential impacts to the environment and identifies ways to reduce or avoid environmental impacts through mitigation measures. 

The City Council will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 7:00 PM at Fred Hesse Park Community Building located at 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes to receive oral comments on the Draft Appendix.   Written comments on Appendix D may be submitted to the Planning Department (Attention: Ara Mihranian, Principal Planner) by Monday, March 8, 2010 (45-day comment period).  The City is only seeking comments on Appendix D.

RBF ADDENDUM NO. 6

  • Click here to view the November 4, 2009 City Council Staff Report (with Attachments) for RBF’s Addendum No. 6.  This Addendum covers the scope of work, cost proposal and timeline for the preparation of the environmental analysis on the proposed project revisions.

THE CITY COUNCIL CONTINUED THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE APPEAL OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION’S APPROVAL OF THE MARYMOUNT COLLEGE FACILITIES EXPANSION PROJECT TO SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2009 AT 9:00 A.M.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE PENINSULA MONTESSORI SCHOOL AT THE GOLDEN COVE SHOPPING CENTER LOCATED AT 31100 HAWTHORNE BOULEVARD.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2009 CITY COUNCIL MEETING

The City Council will conduct the continued public hearing (continued from August 18th) at the Peninsula Montessori School located at the Golden Cove Shopping Center at 31100 Hawthorne Blvd.  The meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. 

  • Click here to view the September 12, 2009 Late Correspondence
  • Click here to view the Staff prepared Exhibit on the Athletic Field Alternative Location
  • Click here to view the tentative schedule for the September 12th City Council Meeting
  • Click here to view the September 11, 2009 Letter from the College’s Legal Counsel Withdrawing the Request for a 4-year College
  • Click here to view the Saturday, September 12, 2009 Public Notice
  • Click here to view the Saturday, September 12, 2009 City Council Staff Report

AUGUST 18, 2009 CITY COUNCIL APPEAL PUBLIC HEARING

On August 18, 2009, the City Council will conduct a public hearing on the appeal of the Planning Commission's decision on the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project. The public hearing will begin at 7pm at Hesse Park Community Room.

  • Click here to view the August 18th Staff Power Point Presentation
  • Click here to view the August 18th City Council Staff Report
  • Click here to view late correspondence submitted prior to and at the August 18th Council meeting
  • Click here to view the 2009 City Council Appeal Binder on Background Information
  • Click here to view the City Council Public Notice

CCC/ME APPEALS THE PLANNING COMMISSION'S DECISION

On July 24, 2009, an appeal of the Planning Commission's decision on the Marymount College Facilities Expansion project was filed by Chatten-Brown & Carstens, on behalf of the CCC/ME. The appeal will be considered by the City Council on August 18, 2009.

JULY 14, 2009 PLANNING COMMISSION DECISION

On July 14, 2009, the Planning Commission approved, with conditions, the Marymount College Facilities Expansion project, with the exception of the Residence Halls.

The following documents were adopted by the Planning Commission (signed copies of the following resolutions are not posted on the website but can be viewed at City Hall):

  • Click here to view the Commission adopted P.C. Resolution No. 2009-27 certifying the project Environmental Impact Report
  • Click here to view the Mitigation Monitoring Reporting Program (MMRP)
  • Click here to view the Commission adopted P.C. Resolution No. 2009-28 conditionally approving the planning entitlements.
  • Click here to view the Conditions of Approval

The Planning Commission’s decision can be appealed to the City Council as described in the following section.

APPEAL PROCESS OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION’S DECISION

At its July 14, 2009 meeting, the Planning Commission approved, with conditions, the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project that was revised at June 23, 2009 meeting and excludes the Residence Halls.  Pursuant to the following criteria, the Planning Commission’s decision on the proposed project is appealable to the City Council:

Pursuant to the City’s adopted CEQA Guideline, Section IV.I states:

Certification of an EIR may be appealed in writing within ten (10) [calendar] days after approval of the project for which the EIR was prepared.  The appeal will be considered by the same body that considers an appeal of the decision on the project for which the EIR is prepared. 

Pursuant to Section 17.80.070 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code,

Any interested person may file an appeal of a Planning Commission’s decision to the City Council; provided, the appeal is filed in writing within fifteen (15) calendar days after final action by the Planning Commission and the appropriate fee, as established by Resolution of the City Council, is paid. The appeal shall set forth the grounds for appeal and any specific action being requested by the appellant. The Planning Commission’s decision is final if no appeal is filed within fifteen (15) calendar days.

The Commission’s adoption of the Planning Entitlement Resolution at its July 14, 2009 meeting constitutes the Commission’s final action on the project.  As such, the clock for filing an appeal begins on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 (Day 1).   Based on the above information, any interested party who wishes to appeal the Commission’s decision to the City Council must follow the following timelines:

An appeal of the Certified EIR must be submitted no later than the close of the business day on Monday, July 27, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. (since ten calendar days from the date of the Commission’s final decision falls on a Saturday when City Hall is closed, the next business day is considered the deadline date).

An appeal of the Planning Entitlements must be submitted no later than the close of the business day on Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.  

If an interested party intends to appeal both the Commission’s certification of the project EIR and the decision of the planning entitlements, such an appeal must be filed by Monday, July 27, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.  In this case, a single appeal from an interested party is necessary, but must state the grounds of the appeal for both the project EIR and the planning entitlements.   

An appeal must be filed to the City’s Planning Department with a letter stating the name(s) and contact information of the appellant(s) along with a detailed written statement of the grounds of the appeal.  Additionally, pursuant to the City Council’s adopted fee schedule, each appeal must include a filing fee of $2,255.00 at the time the appeal is filed.  However, if an interested party wishes to appeal both the EIR certification and the planning entitlements, the payment of only one appeal fee will be necessary.  In the event multiple appeals are filed by more than one interested party, these appeals will be packaged and presented to the City Council in a single Staff Report.  Lastly, pursuant to Section 17.80.070.F, an appeal hearing at the City Council level is considered a De Novo hearing and the City Council is not limited to consideration of the materials presented to the Planning Commission.  Any matter or evidence relating to the action on the application, regardless of the specific issue appealed, may be reviewed by the City Council at the appeal hearing.  If an appeal is filed, the earliest date of the appeal hearing before the City Council will be at its August 18, 2009 meeting.  The date of the City Council appeal hearing will be formally noticed pursuant to the City’s Municipal Code.     

JULY 14, 2009 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

At its June 23rd meeting, the Planning Commission adopted P.C. Resolution No. 2009-27 certifying the project EIR (the final Resolution will be posted after July 14, 2009), closed the public hearing, and directed Staff to bring back the Resolution for the planning entitlements as a consent calendar item at its July 14, 2009 meeting.   The link below is to the July 14th Planning Commission Staff Report that includes as an attachment the planning entitlement resolution, the conditions of approval (Exhibit A), and mitigation measures (Exhibit B).  The July 14th meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Hesse Park Community Room.

  • Click here to view the July 14, 2009 Planning Commission Staff Report
  • Click here to view the late correspondence provided to the Commission at the July 14th meeting (including comments letters submitted at the meeting).

JUNE 23, 2009 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

The Planning Commission will conduct a continued public hearing on June 23, 2009 at Hesse Park Community Room at 7:00 p.m. This matter was continued from the June 9th meeting without discussion due to the lack of a quorum (see link below under June 9, 2009 Planning Commission Meeting heading).  At this June 23rd meeting, the Commission will review the findings for the requested remedial grading permit and review (for adoption) the resolutions certifying the project EIR and the planning applications for the revised project accepted by the Commission at its May 26th meeting.

  • Click here to view the June 23, 2009 Planning Commission Staff Report
  • Click here to view the June 23, 2009 Late Correspondence

JUNE 9, 2009 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

The Planning Commission will conduct a continued public hearing on June 9, 2009 at Hesse Park Community Room at 7:00 p.m. At this meeting, the Commission will review the findings for the requested remedial grading permit and review (for adoption) the resolutions certifying the project EIR and the planning applications for the revised project accepted by the Commission at its May 26th meeting.

  • Click here to view the June 9, 2009 Planning Commission Staff Report
  • Click here  to view the late correspondence provided to the Commission at the June 9th meeting (including comments letters submitted at the meeting).

MAY 26, 2009 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

  • Click here to view the May 26, 2009 Planning Commission Staff Report
  • Click here to view the May 22nd Planning Commission Memorandum that references the following documents:

The Appendix A

The Revised Draft Planning Application Resolution

The City Attorney Letter Regarding Commissioner Tomblin's Participation in the Review of the Marymount project

  • Click here to view the late correspondence provided to the Commission at the May 26th meeting (including comments letters submitted at the meeting).

At its April 14th meeting, the Commission directed that the project be revised to eliminate the residence halls, modify the athletic building, and modify the lower tier of the eastern parking lot.  Additionally, the Commission directed Staff to prepare the appropriate resolutions, conditions of approval, and Appendix A to the Final EIR for consideration at its May 26th meeting with the delivery of said documents by May 12th. 

In light of the amount of time needed to complete these documents, at this time, only the Draft Conditions of Approval are available (see below).  Staff estimates the delivery of the remaining items to be as follows:   

APRIL 14, 2009 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

On Tuesday, April 14, 2009, the Planning Commission will conduct a continued public hearing from the March 31st meeting.  The April 14th meeting will focus on items relating to the requested planning applications (CUP Revision E, Variance Permit, Grading Permit, etc.) not addressed by the Planning Commission at its December 9, 2008 and January 27, 2009 meetings.

April 14, 2009 Planning Commission Power Point Presentations:

MARCH 31, 2009 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

On Tuesday, March 31, 2009, the Planning Commission conducted a public hearing that was continued from the March 10th meeting.  The March 31st meeting covered the Staff/RBF Response Table to the questions on the Final EIR and included a presentation and review of the Traffic and Circulation analysis conducted for the project EIR.

JANUARY 27, 2009 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

On Tuesday, January 27, 2009, the Planning Commission conducted a public hearing that was continued from December 9, 2008.   At its January 27th meeting, the Commission was asked to review a draft table of questions and comments on the Draft EIR raised at the December 9th meeting.

  • Click here to view the January 27, 2009 Planning Commission Power Point Presentations
  • Click here to view the January 27, 2009 P.C. Staff Report
  • Click here Draft Final EIR Questions and Responses Table  (January 2009)

JANUARY 5, 2009 TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMISSION MEETING

On January 5, 2009, the Traffic Safety Commission conducted a public hearing at Hesse Park Community Room to review the project related Traffic and Circulation as studied in the project EIR.

  • Click here to view the January 5th, 2009 Traffic Safety Commission Safety Staff Report

DECEMBER 9, 2008 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

On Tuesday, December 9, 2008, the Planning Commission conducted a continued public hearing on the requested planning entitlement, specifically the Conditional Use Permit.

  • Click here to view the December 9, 2008 Planning Commission Staff Report
  • Click here to view the Conditional Use Permit Findings of Fact Summary Table (December 9, 2008)

Click the following links to view the Power Point Presentations (PDF Format) - December 9th Planning Commission Meeting

  •Staff Presentation
  •College Presentation
  •CCC/ME Presentation

OCTOBER 28, 2008 PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

On Tuesday, October 28, 2008, the Planning Commission conducted a public hearing to review the Final EIR.  A presentation on the Final EIR was given by the environmental consultant, RBF, at this meeting.

  • Click here  October 28, 2008 Planning Commission Staff Report
  • Click here RBF PowerPoint presentation from 10-28-08 PC meeting

SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 Planning Commission Meeting

On Tuesday, September 9, 2008, the Planning Commission conducted its first hearing on the College’s requested planning applications.

  • Click here to view the September 9, 2008 Planning Commission Staff Report
  • Click here to view the late correspondence presented to the Commission at its September 9th meeting

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Marymount College is located at the southeastern portion of the City, immediately south of the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive East and Crest Road situated at 30800 Palos Verdes Drive East. The college property is approximately 25 acres and consists of an developed area located at the northern portion of the property and vacant areas located along the property’s south-facing slope and westerly area. The northern portion of the property consists of the existing campus, which contains buildings, parking lots, paved areas, tennis/basketball courts, a soccer field, and ornamental landscaping. The south-facing slope and westerly area contain no improvements and are seasonally cleared of vegetation.

On July 12, 2000, the City received applications for proposed improvements to the Marymount College campus. The City determined that the preparation of an EIR was necessary for the proposed project pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). During the preparation of the project’s EIR, a geotechnical issue surfaced that prompted the applicant to reconsider its proposal. As a result, the College withdrew the original application on June 12, 2003.

On June 12, 2003, on the same day the original application was withdrawn, the College submitted a new application as a placeholder and informed the City that in response to the new geotechnical studies, as well as concerns raised by Staff during the preliminary review phase, the proposed project would be revised. Detailed plans were submitted on November 18, 2004 which were deemed incomplete on December 17, 2004. On May 25, 2005, new plans were submitted to the City. On August 21, 2005, the City deemed the project application complete. As such, the City has initiated the review process for the project application.

The key components of the proposed project are as follows:

Two interconnected student residence halls (each two stories and consisting a total of 128 rooms), with 59,164 square feet of area (includes 660 sq. ft. gallery);

  • A two-story 33,243 square foot athletic facility;
  • A one-story 26,710 square foot library;
  • A one-story 1,975 square foot maintenance building;
  • A one-story 1,869 square foot art studio addition to the auditorium building;
  • A two-story 7,455 square foot faculty/academic building addition to an existing faculty building;
  • A two-story 3,492 square foot bookstore/faculty dining addition to the existing Student Union building;
  • A one-story 2,100 square foot admission office addition to the existing administration building; and

The reconfiguration and reconstruction of the entry drive and 463 parking spaces, including 391 full-size and 72 compact spaces.

The relocation of the four (4) tennis courts and the athletic field from the eastern side of the campus to the western side of the campus;

The demolition of approximately 18,022 square feet of existing buildings (maintenance/photo lab, bookstore/health center, art studio, library and preschool)

Approximately 102,000 cubic yards of associated grading, balanced on-site, consisting of 51,000 cubic yards of cut and 51,000 cubic yards of fill (revised October 2006)

On October 30, 2006, the College submitted a request to modify the project’s proposed construction schedule included in the original application. The College is requesting that the City, in its consideration of the proposed project, also consider allowing the project to be constructed in three phases over a period of eight years. The proposed phasing modification will be included in the analysis of the project EIR.

INITIAL STUDY

Similar to the original project, the City determined that the new project requires the preparation of an EIR and a consulting firm was selected to prepare the necessary EIR. The "Initial Study" and "Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft EIR" for the project have been completed and are available by clicking on the links noted below. Public scoping meetings were held on December 13, 2005 and January 10, 2006 (during the public comment period for the NOP/IS) by the Planning Commission and Traffic Safety Commission to receive comments on the issues that should be addressed in the EIR. The 57-day public comment period on the NOP/IS ended on January 13, 2006. On January 31, 2006, a pre-screening workshop on the project was held by the City Council and Planning Commission. The purpose of the workshop was to have a non-binding discussion between the applicant and City decision makers regarding the issues that will likely come up as part of the formal application review process.

 DRAFT EIR

The Draft Environmental Impact Report was made available to the public on Wednesday, October 24, 2007.  Hard copies and/or electronic copies of the document can be purchased at the Planning Department at City Hall.   To view the document on the City’s web site click here.  The document can also be viewed at the following locations:

City of Rancho Palos Verdes, Department of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement, 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA  90275

Palos Verdes Peninsula Library, Miraleste Branch, 29089 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA  90275

Palos Verdes Palos Verdes Main Library, 650 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

Fred Hesse Park Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

The Draft Environmental Impact Report was circulated for public review between October 24, 2007 and January 4, 2008.  In addition, public comments were received at the November 27, 2007 regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting.  To view the Planning Commission Staff Report for the November 27, 2007 meeting click here. The City’s Traffic Safety Commission received public comments on project related traffic issues on December 10, 2007.  To view the Traffic Safety Commission Staff Report for the December 10, 2007 meeting click here.

FINAL EIR

The Final EIR, which includes Responses to Comments on the Draft EIR has been completed and is now available to the public.  Click here to view the Final EIR.  Hard copies and/or electronic copies of the document can be purchased at the Planning Department at City Hall.   The document can also be viewed at the locations listed above.   The City’s Planning Commission will conduct a continued public hearing on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 7 pm to review the Final EIR and receive any public comments on the document.  The Commission will not be approving or certifying the Final EIR on October 28 and so there will be additional opportunity for public comments to the Planning Commission on the Final EIR beyond the October 28 hearing.     

The City’s project planner overseeing the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project is Principal Planner, Ara Mihranian. He may be contacted at (310) 544-5228 or via email at aram@rpv.com.. The project manager for Marymount College is Michael Laughlin, who may be contacted at (310) 954-3700.
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