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In August 2011, the Annenberg Foundation formally withdrew their development application for Lower Point Vicente.  Since that time, the Council adopted Vision Plan for Lower Point Vicente continued to show the Annenberg facility as a future project for this property.  In order to update the Vision Plan document to remove the Annenberg Foundation’s project from Lower Point Vicente given the withdrawal of the project, the Council directed Staff to place such an item on a future Council agenda.  At its November 20, 2012 meeting, the Council amended the Vision Plan by removing the Annenberg Foundation’s proposal and substituting it with a public green area.  The Council also directed Staff to initiate a public outreach process to develop an updated plan for Lower Point Vicente that would eventually be incorporated into the Council adopted Vision Plan.

Given this direction, prior to conducting public workshops on this matter, Staff formed a focus group of community stakeholders (including one councilmember) to help develop a base plan that would be presented to the public.  Over the past year, the focus group regularly met and has come up with a base plan that intends to strike a balance between the various community stakeholders, complies with the property restrictions, and adheres to various City documents.  Prior to vetting the base plan at a future public workshop and at a future City Council meeting, City Staff has requested officials from the National Park Service (NPS) and State Parks to affirm that the base plan for the proposed park improvements at Lower Point Vicente comply with the property’s deed restrictions and Program of Utilization.  Once the base plan has been affirmed by NPS and State Parks, City Staff will commence with the public outreach process, including conducting public workshops, to receive public comments on the proposed plan prior to presenting the plan to the City Council.

  • Click here to view the base plan developed by the focus group and provided to the NPS and State Parks.


On November 20, 2012, the City Council will consider text and graphic amendments to the 2008 Council adopted Vision Plan to reflect the withdrawal of the Annenberg Facility from the Lower Point Vicente key site.

  • Click here to view the City Council approved amendments to the Coast Vision Plan
  • Click here to view the November 20, 2012 City Council Staff Report
  • Click here to view the power point presentations shown at the November 20, 2012 City Council Meeting
  • Click here to view late correspondence from the November 20, 2012 City Council Meeting
  • Click here to view the November 20, 2012 Public Notice

February 7, 2012 City Council meeting on California Coastal Trail

At its February 7, 2012, the City Council will consider executing a service agreement with Alta Planning and Design for professional services for the design and development of the City's segment of the California Coastal  Trail.

  • Click here to view the February 7, 2012 City Council Staff Report.



Enacted in 1976, the State Coastal Conservancy Act calls for the California Coastal Conservancy to have a principal role in the implementation of a system of public accessways to and along the state’s coastline, including development of the California Coastal Trail. The Coastal Conservancy pursues this mandate in part by awarding grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations to acquire land, or any interest therein, or to develop, operate, or manage lands for public access purposes to and along the California coastline.  The California Coastal Trail, once completed, will extend 1,200 miles from the Oregon to Mexico boundary lines, including a segment through the City of Rancho Palos Verdes.

According to the City’s Conceptual Trails Plan and the Council adopted Vision Plan, the City’s segment of the California Coastal Trail extends the entire length of the City’s coastline between the boundary lines of the City of Palos Verdes Estates and the City of Los Angeles.  Specifically, the City’s segment of the California Coastal Trail traverses the public right-of-way (Palos Verdes Drive West and South), the City-owned Palos Verdes Nature Preserve, and private properties with trail access easements granted to the City (i.e. Terranea Resort and Spa and Trump National Golf Course).  A good portion of the City’s trail segment is unimproved or unconstructed, while none of the trails are identified with the State designated trail markers. 

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes, with the assistance of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC), applied for a State grant through the California Coastal Conservancy to fund the construction of the City’s segment of the California Coastal Trail.  The Coastal Conservancy Board will consider the grant request at its upcoming October 21, 2010 public meeting located at Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades at 9:00 am.  See below for more information:

  • Click here to view the public meeting notice for the October 21, 2010 Coastal Conservancy Board Meeting
  • Click here to view the map of the California Coastal Trail taken from the Council adopted Vision Plan document
  • Click here to view the June 29, 2010 City Council Staff Report


On September 16, 2008, the City Council approved and authorized the construction of a donor recognition site at Del Cerro Park, as identified in the Council adopted Vision Plan document.  The proposed donor recognition site was conceptually approved by the City Council at its January 24, 2005 meeting with the intent to recognize private donors who assisted in the City’s acquisition efforts for the creation of the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve.  The recognition site at Del Cerro Park will be sponsored by the PVPLC and will consist of the following improvements:

  • The construction of two overlooks at the southern edge of the park consisting of low profile donor recognition signs, bench seating, and landscaping.  The design of the recognition site will utilize natural materials consisting of local stone and will respect the surrounding terrain by maintaining views and minimizing grading.
  • The construction of a decomposed granite pedestrian trail (ADA compliant) connecting the existing parking area with the proposed overlooks.
  • The installation of an “entry welcome” sign and a donor recognition sign.

Click here to view the September 16, 2008 City Council Staff Report.
Click here to view the September 16, 2008 City Council Public Notice.
Click here to view the updated project site plan for the Del Cerro Park Donor Recognition proposal.

Construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 2, 2009 and is anticipated to be completed by June 1, 2009.  For safety reasons, portions of Del Cerro Park will be closed off to the public to accommodate the construction. 

Inquiries may be directed to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes Planning Department attention Ara Mihranian at 310-544-5228 or via email at or directed to the PVPLC attention Andrea Vona at 310-541-7613 or via email at


On September 2, 2008, the City Council adopted the Rancho Palos Verdes Coast Vision Plan.   The Vision Plan adopted by the City Council represents over two years of planning, including an extensive public outreach effort, to create an informational planning document for the City’s coastal areas (including five key sites not included in the City’s Palos Verdes Nature Preserve), with public access, interpretive materials, recreational amenities, and other facilities to improve the experience of the coast and open space for residents of and visitors to the Peninsula.


Click here to view the public notice.

Click here to view the Vision Plan document that will be reviewed by the City Council on September 2nd.

Click here to view the September 2nd City Council Staff Report on the Vision Plan.

Hard copies of the Vision Plan are available at the following locations:

  • Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall (Planning Department) – 30940 Hawthorne Blvd.
  • Hesse Park Community Building –
  • Ladera Linda Community Center –
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Main Library –

To read more on the Vision Plan, including the goals and the planning process, see the background information listed below.

Inquiries on the Vision Plan should be directed to Ara Mihranian, Principal Planner, with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes at 310-544-5228 or via email at


The proposed Vision Plan identifies Lower Point Vicente as a key site for connecting the community to the ocean and land, and people and animals.  Expanding off this, the Vision Plan goal for Lower Point Vicente is to develop a design concept for the entire site that integrates the existing and proposed facilities.  This includes the existing Interpretative Center and its outdoor educational components, surrounding public parkland, and other potential complimentary uses, such as connecting the site to the trails at the Vicente Bluffs Reserve and the Terranea Resort and Spa.

The Annenberg Foundation is proposing to sponsor the improvements identified in the Vision Plan at Lower Point Vicente.   The improvements being considered by the Annenberg Foundation at Lower Point Vicente include the construction of a state-of-the-art facility featuring educational exhibits related to terrestrial animals, including dogs, cats, horses and other indigenous animals, to complement the Interpretive Center and its marine exhibits, as well as outdoor amenities intended to cohesively integrate the two structures.     The facility would focus on providing education, volunteer and community service opportunities, animal adoption services, and interactive exhibits that would provide opportunities to learn about animal science, behavior, and care.  The Center envisions providing resources to the school district, as well as animal care specialists.      Capital costs associated with the proposed improvements at Lower Point Vicente, as well as the costs of on-going maintenance, will be underwritten as a charitable gift by the Annenberg Foundation so that there are no fiscal impacts to the City’s operating budget.      

Other improvements for Lower Point Vicente, as identified in the Vision Plan, include:

  • An outdoor exhibit area
    • Reconstructed Tongva Village
    • An interactive archaeological dig
    • A water conservation garden
    • Ecology stations
  • Expanded group picnic areas
  • Restroom facilities
  • Vehicle drop-off areas
  • Pedestrian pathways
  • Grassland and habitat restoration
  • Improved watershed management

The proposed facility will be designed to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the site by integrating seamlessly into the natural surrounding by being notched into the natural topography of the site.  Careful consideration has been given to the structure’s potential impacts to the surrounding environment, especially the neighboring homes.

The Annenberg Foundation will be requesting City Council authorization to proceed with the filing of the planning applications at its upcoming September 2, 2008 meeting.  The meeting will be held at 7:00 pm at Hesse Park Community Building, located at 29301 Hawthorne Blvd at 7:00 pm.  If the Council authorizes the Annenberg Foundation to proceed, the planning process will be initiated.  It is during the planning process that public hearings will be conducted by the Planning Commission to address, among other things, the proposed building design, parking, circulation, landscaping, and other related amenities.  The Planning Commission would then forward a recommendation to the City Council for final consideration.  

The Annenberg Foundation has prepared a presentation for the September 2, 2008 City Council meeting.  Click here to view the presentation.

  • Click here to view the September 2nd City Council Staff Report on the Annenberg proposal.
  • Click here to read about the Annenberg Foundation as Grantmakers.

For more information regarding the Annenberg proposal, contact Ara Mihranian, Principal Planner, at 310-544-5228 or via email at


The Annenberg Foundation Grant

In 2005, the Annenberg Foundation provided a $1,067,000 challenge grant towards the acquisition of the Portuguese Bend property. This grant enabled the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC) to succeed in meeting its commitment to provide $4 million in private funding toward the acquisition. Impressed by the City’s commitment to create a habitat preserve and the beauty of the City’s coastal area, the Annenberg Foundation expressed an interest in assisting the City to create a master plan that would link the Preserve properties with the remaining undeveloped land as one planning area.

In March 2006, the Annenberg Foundation followed through on its interest and awarded a grant to the PVPLC to work with the City of RPV and create an RPV Vision Plan for the City’s coastal open space areas.

The Vision Plan Goal

The goal of the Vision Plan is to create a coordinated master plan for the areas noted below, with public access, interpretive materials, recreational amenities, and other facilities to improve the experience of the coast and open space for residents of and visitors to the Peninsula. The Plan will identify program, design and linkage concepts for the entire area.

The Vision Plan Project Area

The Vision Plan will encompass the following key open space areas:

  • The entire Portuguese Bend Nature Preserve (NCCP Preserve)
  • The “developable” (non-NCCP Preserve) portion of Upper Point Vicente
  • The “developable” (non-NCCP Preserve) portion of Lower Point Vicente
  • The Point Vicente Lighthouse property (U.S. Government owned)
  • Portions of the Terranea property (for trail connection purposes)
  • Del Cerro Park
  • The 25-acre Active Recreation Area (gateway to the NCCP Preserve)
  • The Coastal Zone (for the purposes of establishing a coastal trail)

These properties were selected because they serve as key open space parcels and/or because they provide ideal public use opportunities. Although several of the identified properties have had some planning and community input on their uses, there has never been a public process to consider all of the properties together. The Vision Plan will focus its planning effort on the following key open space sites which are not part of the City’s NCCP Preserve:

  • The civic center portion of Upper Point Vicente (possible expansion/renovation of city hall complex with other cultural or recreational amenities)
  • The area around the Palos Verdes Interpretive Center (PVIC) on Lower Point Vicente (possible companion animal care facility and docent interpretative park)
  • Del Cerro Park (possible open space acquisition donor recognition site)
  • The 25-acre Active Recreation Area which (possible gateway to the NCCP Preserve and equestrian park)

The Overall Vision Plan Process

Melendrez, a landscape architecture and urban planning firm with which the Annenberg Foundation has worked to implement many of its grants and projects, will be taking the lead with respect to integrating the existing planning documents, soliciting public input and working with the City/PVPLC staff to create the RPV Vision Plan. Melendrez will lead the planning process, with coordination and input provided by PVPLC and City staff and oversight provided by the City Council open space acquisition ad hoc subcommittee of Councilmen Clark and Stern. Click here to view a flow chart of the overall preparation process. Essentially, the planning process will involve the following steps:

Gathering Data Phase by Melendrez March 2006 to June 2006
Vision Plan Public Workshop No. 1 June 3, 2006
Creation of Vision Plan Alternatives June 2006 to Oct. 2006
Vision Plan Public Workshop No. 2 October 21, 2006
Preparation of PUMP by PUMP Committee June 2006 to Sept. 2007
Final Alternative Refinement Nov. 2006 to Sept. 2007
Vision Plan Workshop No. 3 November 10, 2007
Final Plan Creation January 2008
City Council Review/Adoption of Vision Plan/PUMP

Spring 2008


Current Status of the Vision Plan

Vision Plan
Workshop No. 1

The first public workshop on the Vision Plan was held on Saturday, June 3, 2006 at Ridgecrest Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Approximately 80 individuals attended the workshop to share their vision for the City’s nature preserve and associated open space, recreation area and civic places. In addition, groups and individuals made presentations on projects that will be addressed by the Vision Plan.

To view the video from the June 3, 2006 workshop click here


To view the June 3, 2006 workshop presentations in PowerPoint, click on links below:

Equestrian Park, Park Concept -PDF

Los Serenos, Lower Point Vicente Vision-PDF

Vision Plan and Public Use Plan -PDF

Open Space Task Force, Upper Point Vicente -PDF

The Architectural Challenge-PDF

  To view a summary of the June 3, 2006 Group Survey, click here. -PDF

Workshop No. 2

Based on the public feedback received at the June 3rd workshop, Melendrez prepared alternative design schemes for the four key open space sites covered by the Vision Plan and shared the concepts with the public at a Vision Plan Open House workshop held on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at the City’s of RPV’s Point Vicente Interpretive Center. The purpose of the workshop was for the public to review the draft Vision Plan concepts and share their thoughts on the direction of the Vision Plan. The second public workshop was attended by approximately 60 individuals. To view the design schemes presented at the October workshop, click on the links below.

To view the October 21, 2006 conceptual design schemes for the Vision Plan, click on the links below:

Comments on the above schemes should be submitted to the City no later than Monday, December 1, 2006. Click here for a public comment form.-PDF

To view the power point presentation given by Melendrez at the October 21st workshop, click here

Workshop No. 3

As a result of public input from the previous two public workshops and on-going discussions with City Staff, the Council Sub-committee, and Melendrez, the final design schemes for the Vision Plan have been completed and were presented to the City Council at a public workshop on Saturday, November 10, 2007.  The workshop began promptly at 9:30 am at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center (PVIC) located at 31501 Palos Verdes Drive West. To view the materials for the workshop click here including the proposed Annenberg Companion Animal Facility

  • To view the video from the November 10, 2007 workshop click here.
  • Comments on the final design schemes for the Vision Plan can be submitted to the City, via email or U.S. Mail, until Friday, December 14, 2007.  Click here to download a public comment form.  

May 6, 2008 City Council Meeting on Issues Matrix

At the November 10, 2007 public workshop, questions and/or concerns raised by members of the public regarding specific components of the Vision Plan design schemes, including the Annenberg Companion Animal Facility, prompted the City Council to direct Staff to prepare a matrix identifying the outstanding issues for consideration before the adoption of the final Vision Plan document. On May 6, 2008, the City Council will be presented with the Issues Matrix, prepared by the Melendrez, is for review.  The issues identified in the matrix are based on public testimony at the November 10th workshop and comment letters submitted to the City up through December 14, 2007.  

For further information about the RPV Vision Plan and/or the PUMP Committee, please contact Ara Mihranian with the City of Rancho Palos Verdes at 310-544-5228 or via email at or Andrea Vona with the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy at 310-541-7613 or via email at

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