Palos Verdes Cities 2011 Update

Palos Verdes Point Vicente Lighthouse

Earlier this week, I attended a Palos Verdes real estate Board Breakfast Meeting with the City Managers from all 4 cities on the Peninsula – Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates.  Here is a summary of their updates:

Tony Dahlerbrach from Rolling Hills reported on the initiative going on the ballot for the next election in March 2012 regarding passive and storage usage of barns.  The property involved in the Poppy Trail landslide is being remediated by the insurance company and will be sold as two separate lots in December.  Verizon and AT&T have installed new cell sites so there will be better cellular coverage.  There is a new ordinance going before the Planning Commission regarding glare studies for solar panel installations.

Carolyn Petru, the Rancho Palos Verdes Deputy City Manager reported on the Mirandela Project (affordable housing) at Crenshaw and Crestridge with 34 units on a 3-acre build site within 19 acres for the total project.  Many of the residents are former Palos Verdes residents who qualified for the program.  We also heard about the Park Ranger Program on the 1400 acre Nature Preserve manned by the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority.  Most of the citations have been for off leash dogs, improper trail use, unauthorized paragliding, off-road motorized vehicles, camping, issues at Sacred Cove, graffiti removal and illegal dumping.  There is a Junior Ranger Program in pilot phase to teach trail skills, recognizing animal tracks, etc.

Joe Hoefgen from Palos Verdes Estates reported that the speed cushions on Via Del Monte will be reviewed next month – most feedback has been positive however bicyclist are not in favor.  There is a current study to monitor the underground water in the Malaga Cove commercial area.  Applications are being accepted from Palos Verdes Estates residents who want to volunteer for committees within city.   They have a new website:

Douglas Prichard from Rolling Hills Estates reported that the local economy is showing signs of recovery based on tax revenues.  It will be another 2-3 years before improvements to Palos Verdes North, west of Crenshaw are complete.  He discussed several development projects.  828 Silver Spur (former Arco site) will probably be approved as a small commercial building.  627 Deep Valley Drive (old car wash site) is currently approved for 58 senior units and may become an assisted living site.  655 Deep Valley Drive (Brick Walk) will go to Planning Commission for 150 units.  Rolling Hills Covenant Church expansion was approved for 16,000 square foot office and school expansion on south campus.  Butcher Ranch subdivision at Palos Verdes Drive North and Palos Verdes Drive East is approved for 11 single family homes.  Chandler Preserve status: Planning Commission approved project and now going before City Council for 114 single family residences on 1/2 acre lots, private streets, total redesign of Rolling Hills Golf Course and boundary line adjustment between Torrance and Rolling Hills Estates.

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