South Bay Galleria Improvement Project Final EIR and Public Hearing

 

THE CITY COUNCIL WILL HOLD A CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER AN APPEAL OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION DECISION APPROVING THE SOUTH BAY GALLERIA IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, INCLUDING AN APPEAL OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION CERTIFICATION OF A FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT, WATER SUPPLY ASSESSMENT, FINDINGS, STATEMENT OF OVERRIDING CONSIDERATIONS, A MITIGATION MONITORING AND REPORTING PROGRAM (INCLUDING POTENTIAL MODIFICATIONS TO THE PROPOSED MITIGATION MEASURES), AND APPEAL OF A PLANNING COMMISSION DESIGN REVIEW, CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT, VARIANCE, AND VESTING TENTATIVE TRACT MAP NO. 74481

 

Project Title:                 The South Bay Galleria Improvement Project

Project Location:        1815 Hawthorne Boulevard, Redondo Beach

Public Hearing Date:    January 15, 2019

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  The project is located at 1815 Hawthorne Boulevard, on approximately 29.85 acres in the City of Redondo Beach. The project site is roughly square in shape and is bound by Artesia Boulevard to the north, Kingsdale Avenue to the west, Hawthorne Boulevard to the east, and by the 150-foot-wide Southern California Edison high voltage easement to the south.  The project site currently contains approximately 971,101 square feet of existing building floor area.  The proposed project consists of modifications and additions to the existing 29.85-acre South Bay Galleria enclosed mall property in the City of Redondo Beach. The proposed project includes demolishing some existing structures and redesigning portions of the site by combining expanded retail and dining venues with open-air promenades, hotel, and residential development. The project applicant/subdivider (South Bay Associates SPE, LLC), requested environmental review in 2014 and the Notice of Preparation and Environmental Initial Study was made available to the public on October 1, 2015 (File No.2015-09-EIR-001). The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was made available for review and comment from July 28, 2017 to September 11, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

 

The DEIR analyzed development of the Proposed Project up to a total of 1,950,565 square feet (sf) of building floor area, which included up to 650 residential units.  However, applications submitted by the applicant have requested a lesser amount of development of 1,593,144 sf of building floor area (i.e. Alternative 4/4-1), which would include retail square footage, including department stores, mall shops, dining and entertainment, which would be increased. Alternative 4/4-1 includes a hotel of up to 150 rooms, up to 300 residential apartment homes, and up to 175,000 sf of office space. Currently, the site does not contain any residential units or overnight accommodations, but the project site is identified in the City of Redondo Beach 2013–2021 General Plan Housing Element as the “site with the greatest potential for future residential development” in the entire City. The approval of the project by the City is contingent upon the review and certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report and approval of other entitlements, such as Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 74481 for subdivision (VTTM), a potential Variance to exceed the maximum building height/stories for a portion of the project, and/or concessions/incentives/waivers of development standards, including but not limited to height, stories, and parking under Government Code Section 65915 with no increase in density, and a Master Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for future allowable uses, and a Planning Commission Design Review (PCDR) for design of the development.  At the public hearing the City Council will consider approval, disapproval, or modifications/conditions to the Proposed Project or an Alternative.

 

PUBLIC HEARING: Tuesday January 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, in the City Council Chambers, 415 Diamond Street, Redondo Beach, CA 90277.

The City Council began consideration of the appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval/certification of the Final EIR and project entitlements/approvals at a public hearing held on October 2, 2018.  At that meeting, the City Council continued consideration to October 23, 2018.  At the request of the applicant, the continued public hearing was rescheduled in order to allow more time for the applicant to address issues raised. Therefore, the continued public hearing of October 23, 2018 was cancelled and the item will be heard at a rescheduled public hearing to be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 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 Planning Commission, including modifications associated with project components/structures/uses/findings/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 appellants, applicant/subdivider, and the public/interested parties. The project applicant is South Bay Center SPE, LLC (SCH# 2015101009 / FILE NO. 2015-09-EIR-001 / CASE NO. 2018-04-PC-003).

Appellant’s CEQA arguments are limited to only issues previously raised before the Planning Commission and which were specifically raised in their appeal letter. (RBMC § 10-3.901(e)(3), (h).) Any additional documents submitted by the appellant supporting their CEQA arguments, 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. (RBMC § 10-3.901(i).) The appellant shall also notify the project applicant of any additional documentation by mailing a copy 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 evidence of mailing this additional documentation at the hearing on the CEQA appeal. Similarly, Appellant is limited to those issues specifically raised in their Appeal letter related to the CUP, PCDR, VTTM, and Variance.

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY:  The Final EIR, architectural plans/drawings, previous Planning Commission and City Council materials, and other background documents are currently available at locations 1 through 4:

 

1. City of Redondo Beach, Community Development Department, 415 Diamond Street, Door ‘E,” Redondo Beach, California 90277

2. City of Redondo Beach, City Clerk, 415 Diamond Street, Door “C”, Redondo Beach, California 90277

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

4.  Online at www.redondo.org (scroll below)

Final EIR reference materials are available for review on DVD upon request at location 1) above.

 

The Administrative Report from the October 2, 2018 hearing is available online at:

http://laserweb.redondo.org/WebLink/Welcome.aspx (Agendas & Staff Reports/ 2018/ City Council/ AG PKT 2018-10-02 CC). The Administrative Report for the January 15, 2019 hearing will be available 72 hours prior to the public hearing in accordance with State Law and local ordinance at locations 1) through 4) above.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT: Oral testimony will be taken at the public hearing described in this notice.  For those that cannot attend the public hearing, written comments for the City Council may be submitted to the Planning Division by mail to the address above, or by email to PlanningRedondo@redondo.org.  Persons wishing to have written correspondence distributed to the City Council prior to the public hearing must submit the written correspondence no later than 3:00 pm the day of the public hearing.  Such comments/testimony should focus upon the specific grounds for appeal.  Copies of the appeal are available at locations 1) and 2) above and will be included in the Agenda materials.

 

For any additional information, contact the Planning Division at (310) 318-0637.

 

If you challenge the project decision in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Redondo Beach City Council at, or prior to, the public hearing.

Notice Publication Date: December 27, 2018 (Easy Reader)

Galleria Revised Site Plan for City Council meeting of January 15, 2019

Galleria EIR Additional Office and Skate Park Environmental Impact Sensitivity Analysis (January 2019)

Galleria Revised Vesting Tentative Tract Map (January 2019)

Notice of Cancellation and Rescheduled Hearing

October 2, 2018 City Council Public Hearing Materials

October 2, 2018 City Council Minutes Excerpt for Galleria Project

Galleria Project Renderings (Reduced file size for ease of download.  Ensure pop-ups are enabled.)

Galleria Project Vesting Tentative Tract Map (Ensure pop-ups are enabled)

Galleria Project Planning Commission Resolution

Galleria Project Planning Commission Materials

Galleria Project Planning Commission Minutes

Galleria Project Appeals

City Council Agenda Page