Rancho Palos Verdes Marymount Project Rancho Palos Verdes Marymount Project Rancho Palos Verdes Marymount Project

October 24, 2007

TO:   Agencies, Organizations, and Interested Parties

SUBJECT:  NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY of a DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT for Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project (SCH # 2002021127)

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes, as lead agency, hereby gives notice that pursuant to the authority and criteria contained in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the CEQA Guidelines, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes has prepared and completed a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Marymount College Facilities Expansion project. A Draft EIR is an informational document that evaluates a proposed project’s potential to significantly impact the environment, while also identifying ways to reduce or avoid environmental impacts through mitigation measures and alternatives to the project. 

AGENCIES:  The City requests your agency’s views on the scope and content of the environmental information relevant to your agency’s statutory responsibilities in connection with the proposed Project, in accordance with California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 15082(b).  Your agency will need to use the EIR prepared by the City when considering any permits that your agency must issue or for any other approval for the project.

ORGANIZATIONS AND INTERESTED PARTIES:  The City requests your comments and concerns regarding the environmental issues associated with construction and operation of the proposed Project.

PROJECT TITLE:  Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project

PROJECT LOCATION:  30800 Palos Verdes Drive East, City of Rancho Palos Verdes, California. 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  The approximately 24.57-acre campus is located immediately south of the intersection of Palos Verdes Drive East and Crest Road.  The Project involves renovations to the campus consisting of the demolition of 7 of the 13 existing buildings, the modernization and expansion of 4 existing buildings (14,916 square feet), the construction of 6 buildings including a new library, athletic and two resident hall buildings (121,092 square feet), the relocation/reconfiguration of recreational facilities, parking areas (463 off-street parking spaces), and the entry drive, and various site improvements.  The proposed two residence hall buildings will accommodate (128 rooms) 255 persons (250 students and 5 adult supervisors).  The proposed Project would occur entirely within the boundaries of the existing campus.  No change to the College’s existing academic operation or student enrollment limit is proposed under the current development application. 

Project implementation would result in significant and unavoidable impacts involving Land Use (conflicts with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes General Plan and Development Code), Aesthetics (Long-term Visual Character), Traffic (Cumulative Forecast Year 2012 Conditions), and Noise (Short-Term Construction).

PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD:  The City has made this Draft EIR available for public review and comment pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 15082(b).  Your response must be sent as soon as possible but not later than 72 days after receipt of this notice.  All comments must be submitted in writing to the address below.  The comment period during which the City will receive comments on the Draft EIR is:

Starting Date:  Wednesday, October 24, 2007                                                            Ending Date:  Friday, January 4, 2008

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY:  The Draft EIR is available for public review during regular business hours at the following locations:

  • City of Rancho Palos Verdes, Department of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement, 30940 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA  90275
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Library, Miraleste Branch, 29089 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA  90275
  • Palos Verdes Palos Verdes Main Library, 650 Deep Valley Drive, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
  • Fred Hesse Park Community Building, 29301 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

To view the Draft EIR on the City’s website click on the desired sections below:

Table of Contents Long Term Implications (Section 6)
Introduction (Section 1) Alternatives (Section 7)
Executive Summary (Section 2) Effects Not Found to be Significant (Section 8)
Project Description (Section 3) Organizations (Section 9)
Cumulative  Analysis (Section 4) Bibliography (Section 10)
Environmental Analysis (Section 5) Appendix Table of Contents (Appendix 13)

- Land Use (Section 5.1)

- Initial Study (Appendix 13.1)

- Aesthetics (Section 5.2)

- Traffic Impact Analysis (Appendix 13.2)

- Traffic and Circulation (Section 5.3)

- Air Quality Data (Appendix 13.3)

- Air Quality (Section 5.4)

- Noise Data (Appendix 13.4)

- Noise (Section 5.5)

- Geology and Soils (Appendix 13.5)

- Geology (Section 5.6)

- Hydrology and Water Quality (Appendix 13.6)

- Hydrology (Section 5.7)

- Biological Survey (Appendix 13.7)

- Public Services and Utilities (Section 5.8)

- Correspondence (Appendix 13.8)

- Biological Resources (Section 5.9)


COMMENTS:  Written comments may be submitted to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes Department of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement.  Please indicate a contact person for your agency or organization and send your comments to:

Mr. Ara Michael Mihranian, AICP
Principal Planner

City of Rancho Palos Verdes
Department of Planning, Building, and Code Enforcement
30940 Hawthorne Boulevard
Rancho Palos Verdes, California  90275

Tel.:  310.544.5228; Fax:  310.544.5293
Or via E-mail to:  aram@rpv.com







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