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On January 15, 2013, the City Council, in response to public concerns regarding the loss of trail connections between neighboring jurisdictions, directed Staff to monitor and provide quarterly reports to the Council on inter-jurisdictional trail matters. Soon after the January 15th Council meeting, Staff contacted each of the three neighboring cities to inquire about any respective trail connectivity issues with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and has prepared the first quarterly report to the City Council.

  • Click here to view the City’s quarterly report on inter-jurisdictional trail maters for each of three neighboring cities.   


On November 7, 2012, the City Council will be asked to provide Staff with policy direction on 4 of the 11 recommendations made by the Open Space Planning Recreation and Parks Task Force related to the forthcoming update of the City’s Trails Network Plan.

  • Click here to view the November 7, 2012 City Council Staff Report.


The City of Rancho Palos Verdes began planning for a non-motor vehicle transportation circulation system for pedestrians, equestrians and bicyclists, as early as the adoption of the City’s General Plan in 1975.  In the early years after the City’s formation, it was recognized that trails are an integral part of the City’s circulation system and play an important role in contributing to the successful interaction of residential, institutional, commercial and recreational zoning districts within the City, while encouraging recreational and fitness opportunities. 

As such, on November 27, 1984, the City Council adopted the City’s Trails Network Plan intended to serve as an advisory tool for the City decision makers for the implementation and funding of City trails.  As a means of implementing the Trails Network Plan, on January 22, 1990, the City Council adopted the Conceptual Trails Plan (CTP) and Conceptual Bikeways Plan (CBP), as two separate documents. Collectively, the CTP and CBP serve as the City’s Trails Network Plan (TNP). The CTP was revised on May 21, 1991, September 16, 1991 and October 26, 1991.  The CBP was revised on October 15, 1996.

The TNP has not been updated since the mid-1990s.  In the past few years, the City has actively sought to acquire and preserve permanent open space As a part of the stewardship of these City-owned lands, the City adopted trails plans for the Forrestal Nature Preserve in 2005 and the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve in 2008. 
Also, in 2008 the City developed a trails plan for the Coast Vision Plan, which is “a modern vision to unify the [City’s] coast through design,” providing a framework of connectivity of public amenities within and adjacent to the City’s coastal zone.

Beginning in 2012, the City will undertake the updating and consolidation of all of its existing trails plans and documents into a single, comprehensive Trails Master Plan (TMP).  As a part of the preparation of the TMP, the City will conduct outreach to stakeholder groups to refine the scope of the TMP and identify the unique issues of concern to the various constituencies with an interest in trails access and planning in the City.  Project stakeholders are expected to include (but not be limited to):
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC)
  • Rancho Palos Verdes Council of Homeowners' Associations (CHOA)
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Horsemen's Association (PVPHA)
  • Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA)
  • California Coastal Conservancy
  • South Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS)
  • Members of the Gabrieleño/Tongva Native American community
  • Individual property owners, property/home owners' groups and residents
  • City of Rancho Palos Verdes Public Works Department
  • City of Rancho Palos Verdes Recreation & Parks Department
  • Los Angeles County Harbors, Beaches & Parks Department
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority (PVPTA)
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)

The current Trails Network Plan divides the City into 5 sections or subregions, as depicted on the project area map below.  At this time, the City expects that the TMP will be organized in a similar fashion.

Public workshops on the TMP and Draft Trails Maps will be conducted for each of these 5 sections.  A sixth public workshop will then be held on the TMP and Revised Draft Trails Map as a whole before it is presented to the City Council, at another series of duly-noticed public hearings.  The TMP is expected to be complete by 2013.

Contact Information

The City’s project planner overseeing the City’s Trails Master Plan is Deputy Director Ara Mihranian.  He may be contacted at (310) 544-5228 or via e-mail at  If you would like to be placed on an "interested parties" list to receive any public notices related to the City’s proposed Trails Master Plan via e-mail, you may subscribe by joining the list server group here.

Resource Documents

The following are links to resource documents related to trail planning and development in Rancho Palos Verdes:


Community Development Department
Planning and Zoning
Building and Safety
Code Enforcement
View Restoration and Preservation (foliage related)
Equestrian Uses
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