The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council at their meeting Tuesday night decided to forward the Annenberg Foundation proposal for an animal themed education center at Lower Point Vicente to State and Federal Authorities for approval. The following are excerpts from an article in the Daily Breeze regarding this. The entire article can be viewed at http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_16923046
By Melissa Pamer Daily Breeze Staff Writer:
"A controversial proposal for an educational center at coastal Lower Point Vicente won a reprieve this week from the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council, which voted to advance the incomplete project to state and federal authorities. After three hours of public comment and discussion on the plans from the private Annenberg Foundation, the council voted 4-1 late Tuesday to halt local processing of the $40 million project. In the meantime, state and the federal government officials will be asked to weigh in.
The action keeps the project alive following a confusing 3-2 vote last month in which the council majority turned down a recommendation to keep the project moving through an ongoing city planning review of the Annenberg proposal. That vote was made in light of concerns expressed by state and federal authorities over whether the project would be allowed under use restrictions on the former military land.
The panel's vote follows comments to the city from the National Park Service, which oversees the use of former federal land, and from the state parks department's Office of Grants and Local Services. The two agencies had said the project might conflict with longstanding restrictions on the property that indicate it must be used as a public park.
Now the project will be sent to the state grant office, which will perform a joint review with the National Park Service.The two agencies had told staff since the Nov. 16 meeting that they supported the concept of a "consistency request" application from the city.The review is expected to take six months, and city staff said Wednesday that an application would likely be submitted in February.
If the project is found to be consistent with use restrictions on the land, the city would then resume hearings before the Planning Commission.An amendment to the city's General Plan, which calls for "recreational-passive" use of the land, would also be required for the project to move forward."
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