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Waterfront Project

The Harbor Commission began consideration of the Waterfront Project on June 13, 2016, and concluded its consideration on August 8, 2016, certifying the Final EIR and approving the project entitlements. An appeal of the Harbor Commission decision was filed, and the project was considered by the City Council at a public hearing held on Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 6:00pm, at which time the City Council denied the appeal and sustained the Harbor Commission approvals.  


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF REDONDO BEACH TO CONSIDER AN APPEAL OF THE HARBOR COMMISSION DECISION CERTIFYING A FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (FEIR) & ASSOCIATED CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ACT (CEQA) ACTIONS, AND APPROVING A COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT, HARBOR COMMISSION DESIGN REVIEW, A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT, AND A VESTING TENTATIVE TRACT MAP FOR THE WATEFRONT PROJECT AND SELECTION OF THE STAFF RECOMMENDED ALTERNATIVE FOR THE WATERFRONT PROJECT, WHICH INCLUDES BOAT LAUNCH FACILITIES AT MOLE B

Notice Date:         October 6, 2016

Project Title:        The Waterfront Project

Project Location:    The Redondo Beach Waterfront between Portofino Way and Torrance Circle

Public Hearing Date:  Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Project Description:

Project overview and consideration of an appeal of the Harbor Commission approval/certification of a Final Environmental Impact Report (SCH# 2014061071 / FILE NO. 2014-04-EIR-001), findings, Statement of Overriding Considerations, Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program,  and Water Supply Assessment (CEQA actions); Coastal Development Permit (CDP), Harbor Commission Design Review (HCDR, including Sign Review and Landscape/Irrigation Plans), Conditional Use Permit (CUP), and Vesting Tentative Tract Map (VTTM) for a project that consists of the demolition of approximately 207,402 square feet of existing structures, replacement of the existing Pier Parking Structure, retention of 12,479 square feet of existing development, and construction of up to 511,460 square feet to include retail, restaurant, creative office, specialty cinema, a public market hall, and a boutique hotel.  The proposed development is within the Coastal Zone.  The project also includes public recreation enhancements such as a new small craft boat launch ramp, improvements to Seaside Lagoon (opening of the lagoon to King Harbor as a protected beach), new parking facilities, expanded boardwalk along the water’s edge, enhanced public open space, and pedestrian and bicycle pathways, including a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge across the Redondo Beach Marina/Basin 3 entrance and the reconnection of Pacific Avenue on property located in the CC Coastal Commercial Zone and P-PRO Parks, Recreation and Open Space Zone.  A detailed description of the project and its alternatives is available in the EIR, including a description of the Staff Recommended Alternative in Final EIR, Chapter 1.  The City Council will also consider the Harbor Commission approval of the recommendation from the Recreation and Parks Commission to implement the project’s modifications to Seaside Lagoon.

Environmental Review: The City of Redondo Beach prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for the proposed Waterfront Project that was made available for review and comment for sixty-three (63) days commencing November 19, 2015 and ending January 19, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

A Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) was prepared and on July 7, 2016 and certified by Harbor Commission on August 9, 2016.  The Final EIR identifies significant and unavoidable impacts associated with air quality, cultural resources, hydrology and water quality, noise, and significant but mitigatable impacts associated with biological resources, cultural resources, hydrology and water quality, and traffic and transportation; all other impacts were determined to be less than significant. The Final EIR also consists of Responses to Comments and a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program.

Public Hearing: The City Council of the City of Redondo Beach will consider an appeal of the Harbor Commission approval/certification of the Final EIR and project entitlements/approvals at a public hearing to be held Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, in the City Council Chambers, 415 Diamond Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. In response to the Appeal, the City Council may elect to take several actions including but not limited to (A) denying the appeal and recertifying the project’s CEQA actions and approving the project’s entitlements/approvals, (B) modifying the entitlements/approvals/certification issued by Harbor Commission, including modifications associated with project components/structures/uses/FEIR/CEQA Actions and/or revised mitigation measures/conditions of approval, or (C) upholding the appeal.  The public hearing related to an appeal generally includes a presentation by staff, and discussion by project proponents and opponents.  The project applicants include Redondo Beach Waterfront, LLC and the City of Redondo Beach (application filing date April 21, 2014, SCH# 2014061071 / FILE NO. 2014-04-EIR-001/CDP NO 2016-06-CDP-004.

Appellant is limited to only CEQA arguments previously raised before the Harbor Commission and which were specifically raised in the Appeal letter.  (RBMC § 10-3.901(e)(3), (h).)  Any additional documents submitted by the appellant, such as presentations, must be filed with the City Clerk no later than seven (7) calendar days prior to the date set for the hearing by the City Council. The appellant shall also notify the project applicant identified in the CEQA document of any additional documentation by mailing the applicant a copy of the additional documentation by certified mail no later than seven (7) calendar days prior to the date set for the hearing by the City Council. The appellant shall provide the City a copy of the certified mail receipt at the hearing on the CEQA appeal. Similarly, Appellant is limited to those issues specifically raised in the Appeal letter related to the CUP, CDP, HCDR, and VTTM.

Persons wishing to have written correspondence be distributed to the City Council prior to the public hearing must submit the written correspondence no later than 3:00 p.m. the day of the public hearing, October 18, 2016.

A decision on the Coastal Development Permit is appealable to the Coastal Commission (Public Resources Code Section 30603.) The grounds for an appeal to the Coastal Commission shall be limited to an allegation that the development does or does not conform to the standards set forth in the certified local coastal program or the public access standards set forth in Division 20 of the Public Resources Code. (Public Resources Code Section 30603(b).) The procedures governing such appeals are outlined in Title 14, California Code of Regulations, Section 13111. The appeal to Coastal Commission must be received in the Commission district office with jurisdiction over the local government on or before the tenth (10th) working day after receipt of the notice of the permit decision by the executive director.

Potential appellants are advised to review these procedures for further details.

Document Availability: The Final EIR is available at locations 1 through 4. Documents referenced in the Final EIR, background materials, and Harbor Commission materials are available for review at location 1 below.  Staff report and agenda packet for the City Council will be available 72 hours prior to the public hearing at locations 1 through 4 below.

1)       City of Redondo Beach, Planning Division, 415 Diamond Street, Redondo Beach, California 90277

2)       Redondo Beach Public Library, 303 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, California 90277

3)       Redondo Beach Public Library - North Branch, 2000 Artesia Boulevard, Redondo Beach, California 90277

4)       Online at www.redondo.org (follow link to Waterfront on Home Page)

Further Project Information:  Contact the City of Redondo Beach Planning Division at (310)318-0637.

Appeal Documents
Appeal #1

Appeal #2

Appeal #3


Waterfront EIR Webpage

Harbor Commission Agenda Materials

Waterfront Drawings (132MB) REDONDO_FINAL_PRINT_23052016_SMALL-11x17.pdf

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