Photos by RPV / Joel Rojas
Oceanfront is a 79-home single-family subdivision located on the seaward side of Palos Verdes Drive West at the southerly terminus of Hawthorne Boulevard. The 132-acre site is bordered by the Lunada Pointe neighborhood to the north and the City’s Point Vicente Interpretive Center to the south. The project was originally approved in 1992. The existing land use entitlements include Final Environmental Impact Report No. 35, Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 46628, Conditional Use Permit No. 158 and Revision ‘A’, Coastal Permit No. 94 and Grading Approval No. 1439. When completed, Oceanfront will include 79 single-family homes on 20,000 to 30,000 square foot lots. A total of 71 acres of the site has been dedicated to the City as open space, including at least 30 acres of coastal sage scrub habitat. The project provides a loop road along the bluff, a 25-space parking lot and pedestrian and bicycle trails.
The developer, Capital Pacific Holdings (CPH), purchased the project in 1997. Construction began in 1998 and 4 showcase homes were completed in 1999. CPH built most of the homes but in 2004 began selling lots to individual homebuilders. In June 2002, Warmington Homes submitted planning applications to develop 20 new homes on vacant lots that it purchased from CPH at the southerly end of the Oceanfront project (directly abutting the Point Vicente Interpretive Center). All 20 of these homes have been built. The Warmington homes comply with the current development standards for Oceanfront, are single-story and generally smaller than the homes built by CPH. At this time 73 of the 79 homes have been built or are under construction.
In September 2000, CPH submitted a request to construct tract entrance observation booths at both entry points for the project. On February 6, 2001, the City Council upheld the Planning Commission's approval of a Coastal Permit Revision, CUP Revision, Encroachment Permit and Sign Permit to allow 3 observation booths to be placed at entry points to the residential streets. The City’s approval of the observation booths was appealed to the California Coastal Commission. On April 10, 2001, the Coastal Commission found there to be a substantial issue with the appeal. At the request of the developer, the pending appeal hearing before the Coastal Commission was put on hold. CPH never pursued the appeal further, and the City’s approval of the tract entrance observation booths is now null and void.
The City’s project planner overseeing the Oceanfront project is Associate Planner, So Kim. She may be contacted at (310) 544-5228 or email@example.com
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