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Current Border Issues <br /> <br />Palos Verdes Peninsula Water Reliability Project, Rolling Hills Estates/Los Angeles <br />County/Rancho Palos Verdes <br /> <br />On January 8, 2018, Staff submitted the comments on the proposed Mitigated Negative <br />Declaration (MND) for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Water Reliability Project (PVPWRP) <br />to the City of Rolling Hills Estates (RHE). RHE is acting as the lead agency for this <br />project since most of the proposed pipeline with be located within its jurisdiction. <br /> <br />The PVPWRP was presented to the RHE Planning Commission at its meeting on <br />February 5, 2018. As proposed, construction of the new pipeline will result in the 1- <br />month closure of a segment of eastbound Palos Verdes Dr. N. (between the Dapplegray <br />Elementary School driveway and Dapplegray Ln.) during Summer 2018. Much of the <br />pipeline construction along Palos Verdes Dr. N. is proposed to occur during overnight <br />hours, while construction along Crenshaw Blvd. is expected to occur during daylight <br />hours. The proposed pump station on Crenshaw Blvd. will be located below homes on <br />Beechgate Dr. in the City’s Peninsula Rim neighborhood. Residents and other <br />interested parties expressed concern to the Planning Commission about the traffic <br />impacts of the project during construction. Ultimately, the RHE Planning Commission <br />adopted a resolution forwarding a recommendation of approval for the project to the <br />RHE City Council, with direction to explore the feasibility of shifting construction on <br />Crenshaw Blvd. to overnight hours. <br /> <br />In order to assess the issue of modified construction hours on Crenshaw Blvd., RHE <br />Planning Staff convened a meeting with our City Staff, CalWater and County Public <br />Works on February 20, 2018. CalWater stated that it had recently met with Rancho <br />Palos Verdes residents on Beechgate Dr., who strongly opposed overnight construction <br />hours. City Staff shared our concern that overnight construction on Crenshaw Blvd. <br />would expose the Beechgate Dr. residents to nearly round-the-clock construction noise <br />from the project’s pump station and the installation of the new pipeline in Crenshaw <br />Blvd. Recognizing the desire to minimize both construction noise impacts on nearby <br />residents and peak-hour traffic impacts on a large percentage of Peninsula residents, all <br />parties agreed that the best approach would be to shift the construction hours on <br />Crenshaw Blvd. to 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. This solution would avoid overnight <br />construction noise and reduce traffic congestion during the morning commute. <br /> <br />On March 27, 2018, the RHE City Council conducted a public hearing to consider the <br />PVPWRP. Staff attended the public hearing to express the City Council’s support for <br />the project itself and its opposition to any proposal for overnight construction along <br />Crenshaw Blvd. Several nearby residents from Rancho Palos Verdes and the <br />unincorporated Westfield neighborhood expressed their concerns about the <br />appearance, noise impacts and geological impacts of the proposed pump station on <br />Crenshaw Blvd. just north of Silver Spur Rd. CalWater confirmed that there would be <br />no overnight construction on Crenshaw Blvd. RHE Planning Staff stated that additional <br />acoustical analysis of the pump station building was being conducted to address <br />2