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The City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at Hesse Park Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes to consider recommendations from the Planning Commission's October 14th Meeting on Planning Case No. ZON2014-00329 (Local Coastal Plan Amendment & Environmental Assessment) a City initiated amendment to the City's Local Coastal Specific Plan (LCP) to add the following text to the end of the current Visual Corridors section (page C-12 or the LCP) of the Corridor Element:

Flag Poles

Flag poles in the Coastal Zone are permitted up to 12-feet in height, as measured from adjacent grade, with no discretionary review, or up to 16-feet in height, as measured from adjacent grade, with a Site Plan Review application to ensure there is no significant view impairment caused by the flag pole above 12-feet in height. Flag poles in the Coastal Zone may exceed 16-feet in height, up to a maximum height of 70-feet, as measured from adjacent grade provided the following parameters are met:

  • One flag pole exceeding 16-feet is permitted for any parcel of 120 acres or more, provided that, within the 120-plus-acre legal parcel, the land on which the flag pole is erected is owned by or dedicated to the City so as to allow for public access and to allow only the flag of the United States of America to be flown on said flag pole;
  • The flag pole shall be consistent with the height restrictions identified in the visual corridors section of the LCP;
  • An approved Variance Permit to exceed the City's 16-foot height limit must be obtained from the City; and,
  • The property accommodating the flagpole must provide a minimum of 20 free public parking spaces, public restrooms, drinking fountain, and public bench seating.
  • Click here to view the November 4, 2014 City Council Staff Report
  • Click here to view the November 4, 2014 City Council Meeting Public Notice


The City's Hearings Officer approved a Coastal Permit (ZON2013-00496) on October 8, 2014 allowing an erosion repair project within La Rotunda Canyon which involves installing concrete and grouted riprap to repair an erosion pit at the bottom of the canyon floor that measures approximately 14' in diameter by 5' in depth that is upstream of the sewer line. Grouted riprap will also be placed along the canyon floor for approximately 55' along an average width of about 7' and will be anchored to 3 proposed bulkheads and to an existing concrete encasement. The proposed repair will partially cover the existing concrete encasement and extend the lined portion of the canyon floor by approximately 25'.

  • Click here to view the Final Notice of Decision filed with the Coastal Commission
  • Click here to view the October 16, 2014 Notice of Decision


On September 16, 2014, the City Council approved Revision "DDD" to the Trump National Golf Course Project, allowing the continued temporary opening of the driving range for an additional 2-year period and extending the life of the Development Agreement and Tentative Tract Map No. 50666 for an additional two-years.

  • Click here to view City Council Resolution No. 2014-60, adopting Addendum No. 46 to EIR No. 36
  • Click here to view Urgency Ordinance No. 561U, authorizing an extension to the development agreement to September 21, 2016
  • Click here to view City Council Resolution No. 2014-61, extending Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 50666 for two additional years.
  • Click here to view City Council Resolution No. 2014-62, allowing an extension to the operation of the driving range to September 21, 2016


The Trump National Golf Course development consists of an 18-hole public golf course, a driving range, a clubhouse, a maintenance facility, 4 affordable housing units, 59 single family residential lots, public parklands, pedestrian and bicycle trails, and native habitat preserves. The subject property is approximately 261 acres in size and is located between Palos Verdes Drive South and the Pacific Ocean, and between the Portuguese Bend Beach Club on the west and the City’s Shoreline Park property on the east. The main entrance to the site is at the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive South and Forrestal Drive/Ocean Trails Drive.

A portion of the project suffered a landslide on June 2, 1999 that destroyed a major portion of the 18th golf hole. The developer obtained approval from the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and the California Coastal Commission for a landslide repair plan. Repair of the landslide, which included re-building the 18th hole, was completed in late 2005.

The development was purchased by Donald Trump Properties in October 2002. On May 20, 2003, the City Council approved the relocation of some golf course tees, the addition of water features, as well as improvements to the clubhouse, including the addition of a day spa and more restaurant space. Furthermore, in June 2005, the City Council approved the construction of a driving range to replace 16 of the approved residential lots on the west side of the project.  While the Clubhouse, with its restaurants, pro shop and banquet facilities has been open since 1999, on January 17, 2006, the City Council approved the opening of the full 18-hole golf course to the public for the first time. 

In addition to the golf course, building pads have been graded to accommodate 59 residences on both ends of the project site. Of these 59 residential lots, 36 have been approved for sale through Final Map No. 50667 on the east end of the project. Currently, Trump National has constructed or is in the process of constructing homes on some of these lots. The remaining 23 residential lots on the west end of the project are not available for sale or development at this time since the Tentative Tract Map (50666) covering these lots has not been finaled.

In July 2005, Founders Park, a City park located below the Clubhouse that overlooks the ocean, was dedicated by City Officials. The City park, along with all the public trails and public parking lots are open to the public between one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset.  The park and trails can be accessed from La Rotonda Drive and from Ocean Trails Drive.

The City's project planner overseeing the Trump National project is Senior Planner, So Kim. She may be contacted at (310) 544-5228 or via email at Trump National may be contacted at (310) 265-5525.

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