Palos Verdes Cities 2016 Update
I always look forward to hearing the Palos Verdes Peninsula City Managers at our Palos Verdes Real Estate Board Breakfast Meeting with presentations from the City Managers from all 4 cities on the Peninsula – Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills. This is a great opportunity to learn what is happening in Palos Verdes. Last week, the City Managers gave us the following updates:
Rolling Hills – Raymond R. Cruz, City Manager, gave the following update:
- Developement in this 3 square mile city has increased with permits doubling in the last 4 years.
- There has been a “boon” in permits for barns and infinity pools.
- They are working with issues on tree and view disputes.
- Must underground utilities if add as little as one square inch of space to existing home.
- Will be constructing new dedicated left turn lanes at intersection of Palos Verdes Drive North and Portuguese Bend intersection.
- Not one burglary since early 2015.
- 45 license plate reading cameras have or are being installed over the Palos Verdes Peninsula with one camera. at each of their three guard gated city entrances.
Rolling Hills Estates – Douglas R. Prichard, City Manager, gave the following update:
- The city is celebrating its 60th Anniversary.
- They are working with the State Fish & Wildlife Program to assist residents in deterring coyotes from neighborhoods.
- Updated construction projects –
- – 627 Deep Valley Drive – 58 condos and 5800 sq ft commercial scheduled for completion next year.
- – 927 Deep Valley Drive – 75 condos and 2000 sq ft commercial in plan check.
- – Brick Walk – working with owner to restore slope.
- – Residential Care facilities proposed at Peninsula Point (102 bed facility) and Mira Gardens (114 bed facility near Library.
- – Butcher Ranch/Casaba – last 5 homes nearing completion.
- – Chandler Ranch/Rolling Hills Country Club will begin construction late 2016 on 114 single family homes and new 60,000 sq ft Clubhouse (scheduled to reopen late 2017).
- – 5883 Crest (at Highridge) – two 3000 sq ft homes under review.
- – Peninsula Shopping Center – Orchard Supply coming soon in old Cox Communications site.
- – Palos Verdes Resevoir – Department of Water & Power redoing and then filling with water again.
Palos Verdes Estates – Tony Dahlerbruch, City Manager, gave the following update:
- Making Improvements to Malage Cove Plaza and Lunada Plaza.
- Using Park Funds to improve parklands.
- Live streaming city council, planning and parkland meetings.
- They have a Citizen Academy Program – 25 person class with hands on learning of various city departments.
- Posting City information on Facebook and NextDoor sites.
- Removing Lunada Bay patio at shoreline by end of year.
- June 2017 fire service parcel tax expires; renewal may be on March 2017 ballot.
- Triangle median near Malaga Cove Plaza will be re-landscaped with drought sensitie plants.
- Cell reception should improve as new tower requests are under review.
Rancho Palos Verdes – Gabriella Yap, Deputy City Manager, gave the following update:
- License Plate Camera Readers alerts the Sheriff’s Department and Palos Verdes Estates Police to stolen vehicles. Putting more cameras on East side/Western Avenue as there are additional entry points there.
- Last year added 2 more Sheriffs and 1 Detective.
- Redid traffic median on Hawthorne Boulevard.
- Homeowner’s responsibility for upkeep of walls along public property (recently assessed 300 homes).
- Synchronizing traffic signals along Hawthorne Boulevard,
- Added more Planners in the Building Department.
- Terranea Resort updates: Catalina Kitchen closed for remodeling until December 8. and repairing coastal trail.
- SolYMar is a 55+ condo facility in 18 buildings to be completed August 2018
- Peafowl trapping and relocating – 46 to date and goal is 150.
- Hesse Park will get another $200,000 in improvements
Photo of Malaga Cove Plaza courtesy of Arvin Design