Existing Goals and Policies General Plan Existing Goals Policies, Provide incentives to enable unique and innovative development exceptions in areas otherwise precluding development for health and safety reasons, if the development can establish its engineering feasibility beyond a reasonable doubt, and is otherwise compatible with the intent of the General and Specific Plans for the area The Existing General Plan Goals and Policies

City of Rancho Palos Verdes

General Plan

Goals and Policies

(Adopted June 26, 1975, and including amendments per General Plan Amendment No. 22 via Resolution No. 91-77 adopted on November 6, 1991)

Natural Environment Element


A. It is the goal of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes to conserve, protect, and enhance its natural resources, beauty, and open space for the benefit and enjoyment of its residents and the residents of the entire region. Future development shall recognize the sensitivity of the natural environmental and be accomplished in such a manner as to maximize the protection of it.

Policies for Public Health/Safety Related to the Natural Environment (G.P. pages 44-45):

1. Permit development within the Sea Cliff Erosion Area (RM1), only if demonstrated through detailed geologic analysis, that the design and setbacks are adequate to insure public safety and to maintain physical, biologic, and scenic resources. Due to the sensitive nature of RM 1, this area is included as an integral part of a Specific Plan District and should be more fully defined.

2. Allow only low intensity activities within Resource Management Districts of extreme slopes (RM 2).

3. Require any development within the Resource Management Districts of high slopes (RM 3) and old landslide area (RM 5) to perform at least one, and preferably two, independent engineering studies concerning the geotechnical, soils, and other stability factors (including seismic considerations) affecting the site.

4. Allow no further development involving any human occupancy within the active landslide area (RM 4)

5. Develop, as a part of any specific area planning study, a more detailed definition of the limits and composition of any RMD’s related to Health and Safety with particular reference to the active/old landslide areas, the sea cliff erosion setback, and critical extreme slope areas.

6. Develop and enforce a grading ordinance with detailed controls and performance standards to insure both engineering standards and the appropriate topographic treatment of slopes based upon recognized site planning and landscape architecture standards.

7. Prohibit activities that create excessive silt, pollutant runoff, increase canyon wall erosion, or potential for landslide, within Resource Management Districts containing Hydrologic Factors (RM 6).

8. Encourage establishment of the rocky inter-tidal areas as a marine reserve and strict enforcement be applied to all regulations concerning marine resources (Resource Management Districts containing Marine Resources RM 7).

9. Encourage developments within or adjacent to wildlife habitats (RM 8) to describe the nature of the impact upon the wildlife habitat and provide mitigation measures to fully offset the impact.

10. Encourage developments within Resource Management Districts containing Natural Vegetation (RM 9) to re-vegetate with native material wherever clearing of vegetation is required.

11. Stringently regulate irrigation, natural drainage, and other water-related considerations, in both new development and existing uses affecting existing or potential slide areas.

12. Provide incentives to enable unique and innovative development exceptions in areas otherwise precluding development for health and safety reasons, if the development can establish its engineering feasibility beyond a reasonable doubt, and is otherwise compatible with the intent of the General and Specific Plans for the area.

13. Provide a listing of toxic chemicals used as fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides which are determined to be damaging to the environment, with particular concern for the marine environment, at current use levels within the City (based upon water sampling, etc.) to all potential major users in the City, with use criteria or prohibition clearly indicated.

14. Maintain the existing natural vegetation of the City in its natural state to the maximum extent possible in all existing and proposed developments, to the extent commensurate with good fire protection policies and encourage the re-establishment of appropriate native plants.

15. Require a master landscape plan for any proposed development showing the retention/enhancement of natural vegetation proposed, new complementing vegetation, and all efforts involving retention/enhancement/protection of hydrologic factors, vegetation and wildlife factors.

16. Require all projects with any natural resource management district factors falling within their project boundaries to deal with these areas in detail in an Environmental Impact Report.

Overall Policies (G.P. page 45):

1. Develop a resource management ordinance to accompany the zoning ordinance, grading ordinance, and any other regulatory vehicles.

2. Develop a specific set of planning and design criteria for natural environment considerations with new development, and in upgrading existing areas for use by architects, planners, engineers, and others in a handbook/checklist form.

3. Develop and integrate a specific review process covering the natural environment aspects of any proposed development with the normal review processes associated with proposed development.

4. Consider in more detail natural environment factors in subsequent specific area studies as an integral part of these studies.

5. Consider the establishment of baseline data for air and water quality in order to develop standards for future enforcement of regulations specific to Rancho Palos Verdes.

6. Consider the acquisition of rights over the offshore tidelands area related to the City’s coastline.

7. Encourage study of and funding to preserve unusual flora and fauna.


Socio/Cultural Element


A. It is the goal of the City to preserve and protect its cultural resources and to promote programs to meet the social needs of its citizens.


Cultural Resources


A. The City shall strive to protect and preserve all significant archaeological, paleontological and historical resources within the City.

Policies (G.P. page 50):

1. Monitor the State’s activities for developments that could provide funds for the acquisition, preservation, and/or maintenance of historic places and archaeological sites.

2. Encourage the identification of archaeologically sensitive areas and sites.

3. Require all projects for new construction, subdivisions, conditional use permits, and variances that occur in archaeologically sensitive areas to have a special archaeological component in their Environmental Impact Reports.

4. Forward Environmental Impact Reports to the University of California at Los Angeles, the Society for California Archaeology’s (SCA) Clearinghouse for this area, and to California State College at Dominguez Hills.

5. Allow salvage excavation of the site where some technique of preservation cannot be implemented.

6. Actively press for the Point Vicente Lighthouse to be included in the National Register of Historic Places.


Current social, service, and cultural organizations


A. Work toward a coordinated program to aid in matching the facility needs of the many and diverse groups in the community with existing and future facility resources throughout the City.

Policies (G.P. page 51):

1. Provide leadership in coordinating a cooperative approach to solving the need for community meetings, cultural events, and recreational facilities.

2. Plan for a large community meeting facility in its Civic Center.

3. Encourage the building of meeting facilities by private or nonprofit groups. Existing and new businesses, churches, utilities, etc., should be encouraged to allow some use of their facilities by community groups.

4. Encourage the building of playing fields for multiple uses by various recreational groups on City land, school sites, and private land, which has not yet been programmed for development.


Social Services


A. Encourage programs for community involvement, participation, and action to minimize the sense of isolation and powerlessness felt by many individuals in the community.

B. Encourage programs for recreation, social services, and cultural and educational achievement.

C. Encourage a framework for interaction among the four cities of the peninsula and between the peninsula and its surrounding communities to solve common problems.

Policies (G.P. page 55):

1. Encourage the development and expansion of meaningful geographic groupings and sub community committees to act as a vehicle for improved communications with citizens, the City staff, and the City Council. Individuals should be encouraged to become involved in the community through interaction, communication and participation.

2. Act to enhance mobility within the neighborhood, mobility within the City, and on the Peninsula as a whole. Dependence solely upon the private automobile is not satisfactory.

3. Bring the residents’ needs into the City’s planning process and attempt to ensure that citizens and their skills are utilized.

4. Encourage all groups within the City to establish representation on the sub community committees and other civic action groups. Efforts should be made to ensure that no programs are developed that will isolate any group and particular emphasis should be given to those who suffer from isolation due to age, health, disability and race.

5. Encourage the use of town meetings and forums within neighborhoods and citywide to address a variety of issues and subjects of community interest. Facilities for such events should be provided where possible, and annual citywide events should be encouraged.

6. Develop an ongoing centralized civic information service of events, issues and services for the citizens. The City should encourage, through this service, the use of existing civic and private assistance organizations.

7. Encourage the development of job opportunities for youth within the City. The City should actively work toward providing meaningful opportunities for older citizens so that they will choose to remain in the community.

8. Develop recreational programs that will address the recreational needs of all citizens, both individually and in groups. This should include the development of a set of criteria, which will enable the City to project and evaluate the implications of its decisions as to the long-range effectiveness of these programs.

9. Identify, in partnership with other agencies and organizations, the major human services areas and the respective roles of each agency in the planning, administration and delivery of those services.

10. Establish, in partnership with other agencies and organizations, procedures for the better coordination of human services delivery. Specifically, the City should assume responsibility for acting as a clearinghouse for up-to-date information on the current state of human services.

11. Develop, in partnership with other agencies and organizations, mechanisms for the better coordination of human service planning efforts. Specifically, the City should assume responsibility for acting as a clearinghouse for information exchange relevant to human service planning activities throughout the community.

12. Place special emphasis on the cultural, educational, and recreational needs of individuals, families, and the community and encourage the expansion of existing programs in these areas.

13. Encourage the South Bay, Harbor, and Peninsula cities to share in the identification of common problems and work toward the development of solutions and services of benefit to each. This should include the encouragement of dialogue between the professional City employees of the four cities.

14. Take leadership in the formation of a four-city Peninsula commission dedicated to the expansion and strengthening of common Peninsula city bonds and which should further serve to develop an attitude of mutual respect among communities.


Urban Environment Element


A. It is the goal of the City to carefully control and direct future growth towards making a positive contribution to all elements of the community. Growth in Rancho Palos Verdes should be a cautious, evolutionary process that follows a well-conceived set of general guidelines which respond to both holding capacity limitations for the region and environmental factors on the peninsula.


Activity Areas


A. It is the goal of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes to preserve and enhance the community's quality living environment; to enhance the visual character and physical quality of existing neighborhoods; and to encourage the development of housing in a manner which adequately serves the needs of all present and future residents of the community.

B. The City shall discourage industrial and major commercial activities due to the terrain and environmental characteristics of the City. Commercial development shall be carefully and strictly controlled, and limited to consideration of convenience or neighborhood service facilities.

C. The City shall encourage the development of institutional facilities to serve the political, social, and cultural needs of its citizens.

D. The City shall endeavor to provide, develop, and maintain recreational facilities and programs of various types to provide a variety of activities for persons of all age groups and in all areas of the community.

E. Agricultural uses within the City shall be encouraged, since they are desirable for resource management and open space.


Compatibility of Adjacent Activity Areas to Rancho Palos Verdes

Policy (G.P. page 58):

1. Work in conjunction with neighboring cities when development plans are submitted to either this City or the other cities which generate impacts into other organizations.


Housing Activity

Policies (G.P. page 78):

1. Retain the present predominance of single-family residences found throughout the community, while continuing to maintain the existing variety of housing types.

2. Require all new housing developed to include suitable and adequate landscaping, open space, and other design amenities to meet the community standards of environmental quality.

3. Encourage and assist in the maintenance and improvement of all existing residential neighborhoods so as to maintain optimum local standards of housing quality and design.

4. Prepare development codes with quality standards, but flexible to new technology and techniques of building.

5. Support and assist in enforcement of "open housing" regulations to prohibit discrimination in the sale or rental of housing.

6. Cooperate with County, State, and Federal agencies, monitoring all housing programs offered, and studying their desirability for implementation in the City.

7. Cooperate with other governmental entities to explore the possibility of obtaining rent and purchase subsidies for low-income housing in the City and South Bay region.

8. Initiate strong code enforcement programs so that scattered housing problems are solved rapidly to prevent even small-area deterioration.

9. Discourage condominium conversion since this further limits the economic range of housing.

10. Require all developments that propose open space to be held in private ownership to provide legal guarantees to protect these areas from further development.

11. Control the alteration of natural terrain.

12. Encourage energy conservation in housing design.

13. Require proposals for development of areas which impact corridor related views to analyze the site conditions and address the preservation of such views.

14. Prohibit encroachment on existing scenic views reasonably expected by neighboring residents.

15. Enforce height controls to further lessen the possibility for view obstructions.

16. Require proposed housing to show how it ensures the existence of neighboring site privacy, while simultaneously providing privacy to the occupants of the proposed units.

17. Make an effort through zoning, cooperation with other governmental entities, and acquisition to preserve the rural and open character of the City.

18. Allow no further development involving any human occupancy within the active landslide area.


Commercial Activity

Policies (G.P. page 85):

1. Place commercial activities under the same building orientation controls as residential activities in regard to topographic and climatic design factors.

2. Require the commercial activity where a commercial area would be nonconforming with adjoining activities, to provide the necessary mitigating measures, including landscaping, etc.

3. Make special efforts to ensure safe conditions on ingress and egress routes to commercial areas for both pedestrians and vehicles.

4. Require that scenic view disruption by commercial activities be taken into account not only in the physical design of structures and signs, but also in night lighting of exterior grounds.

5. Require commercial sites to limit the exposure of parking and exterior service areas from the view of adjoining sites and circulation routes.

6. Study parking areas as to the degree of use for the total area. Where a portion of the parking area is determined to only serve short-term seasonal demands, alternative surface treatments such as grass should be employed.

7. Require adequate provisions be incorporated into commercial site design to reduce negative impacts on adjoining residential areas.


Institutional Activity (Public, Educational and Religious)


1. Locate schools on or near major arterials or collectors, buffered from residential uses, and provide adequate parking and automobile access.

2. Make every effort to preserve the Coast Guard Station as a historical and cultural resource in the event that it is deactivated.

3. Continue to work closely with the School District in coordinating planning and programming.

4. Encourage implementation of plans for pedestrian and bicycling networks linking residential areas with schools for the safety of children.

5. Encourage additional institutions of higher learning and research, particularly those related to oceanography.

6. Review the location and site design of future institutional uses very carefully to ensure their compatibility with adjacent sites.

7. Encourage mitigation of the adverse aesthetic impact of the County communications tower, as changing technology and economics permit.


Recreational Activity

Policies (G.P. page 99):

1. Provide access to all public recreational land.

2. Continue to sponsor recreation programs within the City considering the diversity of needs.

3. Encourage local, public, non-profit recreation and cultural activities, which provide outlets for citizens on a non-discriminatory basis.

4. Establish ordinances to require builders and developers to provide lands and/or funds for acquisition and development of land for recreational use. These lands and/or funds shall be based on a standard of providing 4 acres of local parkland per 1000 population.

5. Seek County, State, and Federal funds or sharing funds to acquire lands.

6. Encourage landholders to contribute lands to the City for recreational use.

7. Work through the State and Federal government in support of legislation resulting in governmental acquisition of coastal land.

8. Encourage local citizens groups to participate in the planning, development, and maintenance of recreation facilities to the extent possible.

9. Engage in further study of recreational activities on a neighborhood level following the General Plan.

10. Investigate the interim use of vacant school sites for recreational use.

11. Encourage public use of institutional recreational facilities, where possible.

Agricultural Activity

Policies (G.P. page 100):

1. Encourage implementation techniques for preservation of agricultural activities.

2. Assist in the protection or conservation of agricultural sites.

3. Encourage continued operation of existing produce and flower stands, not necessarily in present locations and structural types, but in concept, related to local agricultural use.

4. Preserve flower farming wherever possible, in order to provide aesthetic appeal and visual accent.




A. It shall be a goal of the City to ensure adequate public utilities and communications services to al residents, while maintaining the quality of the environment.

B. It shall be a goal of the City to provide residents with a safe and efficient system of roads, trails and paths.

C. It shall be a goal of the City to encourage the increased mobility of residents through the development of an adequate public transportation system.


Resource System

Policies (G.P. page 107):

1. Cooperate with California Water Service Company and the Los Angeles County Fire Department to improve water service (pressure and flow) in areas of inadequate service.

2. Encourage the investigation and use of alternative water and energy sources.

3. Promote, practice and encourage workable energy conservation techniques.


Disposal/Recovery System

Policies (G.P. page 112):

1. Take an active interest in waste management and recycling programs and offer assistance to groups attempting to offer solutions to the problems of waste.

2. Require sanitary sewers in all major new developments.

3. Encourage the retention of all remaining natural watercourses in their natural state.

4. Require developers to install necessary flood control devices in order to mitigate downstream flood hazard induced by proposed upstream developments.

5. Require that all flood control/natural water source interfaces and systems be treated so that erosion will be held to a minimum.

6. Encourage the investigation of methods to reduce pollution impacts generated by development runoff.

7. Encourage the Sanitation District to upgrade all wastewater discharged from the Whites Point outfalls to a minimum of secondary treatment.

8. Require the installation of sewers in existing development if alternative sewerage systems endanger public health, safety and welfare.


Communication Systems

Policies (G.P. page 115):

1. Investigate the potential of cable communications systems as a source, which could disseminate information and issues to communities and/or the City as a whole.

2. Encourage the underground installation of cable communication network in all new developments.


Transportation Systems

Policies (G.P. page 137):

1. Design public access into residential areas to control non-local traffic.

2. Require any new developments with new streets to provide adequate right-of-way widths for possible future needs to provide for traffic patterns necessary to accommodate future growth needs.

3. Prohibit future residential developments from providing direct access (driveways) from individual units to arterials.

4. Encourage, together with other Peninsula cities, Southern California Rapid Transit District to improve public transportation on the Peninsula and to provide access to other destinations in the region.

5. Explore the establishment of an independent bus system or contract for service with an independent municipal transportation agency if RTD service remains unsatisfactory.

6. Design path and trail networks to reflect both a local and regional demand, while maintaining the unique character of the Peninsula.

7. Require, wherever practical, all path and trail networks to be in separate rights-of-way.

8. Coordinate and cooperate with adjacent cities, the County and other appropriate agencies and organizations in the development of path and trail networks is encouraged.

9. Prohibit motorized vehicles from using designated paths and trails, except in the case of emergency or maintenance vehicles.

10. Require that all new developments establish walkway, bikeway and equestrian systems where appropriate.

11. Further investigate possible funding sources for acquisition, development and maintenance of paths and trails.

12. Make use, where appropriate, of existing rights-of-way and easements.

13. Provide safety measures on paths and trails, particularly on bluffs and ridgelines, and include such measures as key design factors.

14. Encourage the R.T.D. to provide bike racks (or similar) on buses.

15. Encourage the establishment of a program designed to educate users and non-users of path and trail networks in terms of safety and courtesy.

16. Insure public access to the Rancho Palos Verdes shoreline.

17. Explore alternative methods of implementation for the stables proposed in this Plan.

18. Require adequate off-street parking for all existing and future development.

19. Investigate current and future parking characteristics and develop appropriate ordinances which regulate overnight street parking, parking of recreational vehicles, etc.

20. Require, wherever possible, pedestrian access to new developments for children to schools.

21. Require detailed analysis for all proposals to convert local public roads into private streets or retain new local roads as private property. Conditions for establishing private streets should include: (a) The road is a truly local road and is not needed as a thoroughfare in the collector and arterial road network, (b) An assessment district or a C.C.&R. district is established which will allow the district to levy taxes or legally enforceable assessments for road maintenance, (c) Provisions are made to guarantee the proper up-keep of the streets, (d) Dedication of non-vehicular easements may be required.


22. Reflect the elements of the City's Conceptual Trails Plan in appropriate City processes and procedures depending on trails categories and status as defined in the Conceptual Trails Plan. For each trail category, the City's action should include:

    1. Category I: No action required.
    2. Category II: Inclusion of these trails, or alternate approaches to provide access, should be considered in conjunction with the review and approval by the Planning Commission or City Council of all proposals for land development* or major construction.**

      * Land development shall mean development proposed through a subdivision of land application and/or conditional use permit application

      ** Major construction shall man development proposed through a conditional use permit application, major grading application, or variance application.

    1. Category III: Consideration of these trails or alternate approaches to provide access, prior to bid solicitation in projects involving the Department of Public Works or the Department of Recreation and Parks.
    2. Category IV: Efforts to implement these trails by soliciting voluntary offers to dedicate easements. In some cases, the City may seek the dedication of an easement as a mitigation measure for significant property improvements.*
    3. * Significant property improvements shall mean development proposed through a conditional use permit, grading application, or variance application.

    4. Category V: Implementation of these trails only upon initiation by affected property owners or community groups. The City shall not initiate efforts to implement Category V trails.
    5. Category VI: Individual evaluation of these trails.

23. Design and construct trails in accordance with U.S. Forest Service standards, wherever possible.

24. Construct trails to have a minimal impact on the environment.

25. Align trails to provide maximum access to scenic resources.

26. Include those bikeways in the Conceptual Bikeways Plan or alternate approaches to provide access, prior to approval of proposals for land development* by the Planning Commission or City Council.

* Land Development shall mean development proposed through a subdivision of land application and/or conditional use permit application.

27. Consider the inclusion of bikeways in the Conceptual Bikeways Plan, or alternate approaches to provide access, prior to project bid solicitation in all Department of Public Works or Department of Recreation and Parks projects.


Policies (G.P. page 138):

1. Explore the possibility of eliminating major or critical infrastructure facilities and networks that serve other parts of the City from landslide areas.

2. Prohibit the extension of any infrastructure component into any area known to be unstable or of major environmental significance.

3. Consider, at such time that a service or services do not adequately meet the needs of Rancho Palos Verdes, which utilities might better be a function of the City or other public agency.

4. Underground all new power lines and communications cables and implement programs to place existing lines and cables underground.

5. Continue to encourage the establishment of undergrounding assessment districts by homeowners, in areas of existing overhead lines.

6. Investigate funding sources to be used in local undergrounding programs for areas of existing overhead lines.

7. Allow new development to only occur where adequate infrastructure systems can reasonably be provided.

8. Require adequate landscaping or buffering techniques for all new and existing facilities and networks, in order to reduce the visual impact of many infrastructure facilities and networks.




A. It shall be a goal of the City to provide for the protection of life and property from both natural and man-made hazards within the community.

B. It shall be a goal of the City to provide for the protection of the public through effective law enforcement and fire protection programs.

C. It shall be a goal of the City to develop and enforce health and sanitation, emergency communications, and disaster preparedness programs to ensure the overall health and safety of all residents.

D. It shall be a goal of the City to protect life and property and reduce adverse economic, environmental, and social impacts resulting from any geologic activity.

Policies (G.P. page 175):

1. Promote the education and awareness pertaining to all hazards, which affect Rancho Palos Verdes residents.

2. Adopt and enforce building codes, ordinances, and regulations which contain design and construction standards based upon specified levels of risk and hazard.

3. Encourage cooperation among adjacent communities to ensure back-up law enforcement assistance in emergency situations.

4. Cooperate with the fire protection agency and water company to ensure adequate water flow capabilities throughout all areas of the City.

5. Cooperate with the fire protection agency to determine the feasibility of utilizing the existing helicopter "pad" at the Nike Site for a water refueling location.

6. Develop stringent site design and maintenance criteria for areas of high fire hazard potential.

7. Implement reasonable house numbering and consistent street naming systems.

8. Coordinate with the Fire Department to determine the feasibility of providing emergency access to the end points of long cul-de-sacs (in excess of 700 ft.).

9. Ensure that services are provided to deal adequately with health and sanitation problems.

10. Ensure that local, County, State and Federal health, safety, and sanitation laws are enforced.

11. Ensure that adequate emergency treatment and transportation facilities are available to all areas of the City.

12. Promote development and maintenance of liaison with various levels of health, safety, and sanitation agencies.

13. Encourage the availability of paramedic rescue service.

14. Be prepared to implement contingency plans to cope with a major disaster.

15. Maintain liaison with other local, County, State and Federal disaster agencies.

16. Regulate the activities, types, kinds, and numbers of animals and balance the interest of animal owners and persons whose welfare is affected.

17. Ensure the protection of compatible levels of wild animal populations.

18. Encourage liaison of animal regulation activities with adjacent cities.

19. Give consideration to alternative animal control and enforcement methods and to facilitate for shelter, medical treatment, and training.


Sensory Environment


A. It shall be the goal of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes through proper land use planning and regulations, to provide for a quiet and serene residential community with a minimum of restriction on citizen activity.

B. Palos verdes peninsula is graced with views and vistas of the surrounding Los Angeles basin and coastal region. Because of its unique geographic form and coastal resources, these views and vistas are a significant resource to residents and to many visitors, as they provide a rare means of experiencing the beauty of the peninsula and the Los Angeles region. It is the responsibility of the City to preserve these views and vistas fro the public benefit and, where appropriate, the City should strive to enhance and restore these resources, the visual character of the City, and provide and maintain access for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.


Noise Aspects

Policies (G.P. page 187):

1. Mitigate impacts generated by steady State noise intrusion (e.g., land strip buffers, landscaping, site design).

2. Develop an ordinance to control noise.

3. Regulate land use so that there is a minimal degree of noise impact on adjacent land uses.

4. Contain through traffic to existing arterials and collectors so that local roads are not used as bypasses or short cuts so as to minimize noise.

5. Require residential uses in the 70 dB(A) location range to provide regulatory screening or some other noise-inhibiting agent to ensure compliance with the noise ordinance.

6. Control traffic flows of heavy construction vehicles en route to or from construction sites to minimize noise.

7. Maintain current and up-to-date information on noise control measures, on both fixed point and vehicular noise sources.

8. Require strict noise attenuation measures be taken in all multi-family residential units.

9. Coordinate with all public agencies, especially our adjoining neighbors, who might wish to enter into a joint effort to study and/or control noise emissions.

10. Review noise attenuation measures applicable to home, apartment, and office building construction, make appropriates proposals for the City zoning ordinance, and make appropriate recommendations for modifying the Los Angeles County Building Code.

11. Encourage the State and Federal governments to actively control and reduce vehicle noise emissions.

12. Encourage State law enforcement agencies such as the California Highway Patrol to vigorously enforce all laws that call for the control and/or reduction of noise emissions.


Visual Aspects

Policies (G.P. page 192):

1. Develop controls to preserve existing significant visual aspects from future disruption or degradation.

2. Enhance views and vistas where appropriate through various visual accents.

3. Preserve and enhance existing positive visual elements while restoring those, which are lacking in their present visual quality.

4. Make a further study on the visual character of neighborhoods following the General Plan in order to assess visual elements on an individual neighborhood basis.

5. Develop well-located vista points to provide off-road areas where views may be enjoyed. These should have safe ingress and egress and be adequately posted.

6. Develop and maintain, in conjunction with appropriate agencies, public access to paths and trail networks for the enjoyment of related views.

7. Require developers, as developments are proposed within areas which impact the visual character of a corridor, to address treatments to be incorporated into their projects, which enhance a corridor’s imagery.

8. Require developments within areas which will impact corridor-related views to fully analyze project impacts in relation to corridors in order to mitigate their impact.

9. Require developments which lie between natural areas to be maintained and viewing corridors to show how they intend to mitigate view disruption.

10. Develop a program for the restoration of existing areas, which negatively impact view corridors through the urban design element (e.g., landscaping and under grounding).


Land Use Plan


A. It is the goal of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes to provide for land uses which will be sensitive to and enhance the natural environment and character of the community, supply appropriate facilities to serve residents and visitors, promote a range of housing types, promote fiscal balance, and protect the general health, safety, and welfare of the community.


Fiscal Element


A. It shall be a goal of the City to hold the property tax to a minimum and to continually explore and analyze the advantages and disadvantages of alternate or new sources of revenue.

B. It shall be a goal of the City to explore cooperative financing strategies that might be undertaken in association with other jurisdictions.

C. It shall be a goal of the City to take maximum advantage of regulatory legislation to obtain contributions, dedications and reservations (i.e., easements).

D. It shall be a goal of the City to ascertain that all revenues generated by growth are sufficient to cover costs related to growth.

E. It shall be a goal of the City to thoroughly evaluate capital acquisition and operating expenditures and their impacts before implementation of programs.

Policies (G.P. page 241-242):

1. Consider the cost effectiveness and community benefits of all new major services and facilities.

2. Require that wherever appropriate, special benefit services be paid for by the users in the form of specified fees or taxes.

3. Work toward integration of common services among the four Peninsula cities for improved cost effectiveness.

4. Consider the financial impacts of City decisions on other jurisdictions serving our residents.

5. Encourage State legislative action to provide equitable distribution of tax revenues commensurate with the City’s responsibilities.

6. Obtain a fair share of revenues available from other government sources with due consideration being given to the impact on local control and obligations incurred.

7. Continually evaluate the merits of contracting for services versus in-house staffing.

8. Encourage private contributions and donations to the City as alternatives to public funding.

9. Assess current administrative and enforcement capabilities before imposing new regulations to insure that such new regulations can be effectively administered without undue costs.

10. Utilize regulatory methods in a fair and equitable manner to reduce public costs.

11. Consider the financial impact of City decisions as they affect costs other than taxes to our residents.

12. Finance recurring expenditures from recurring revenues.