Thursday, April 09, 2009

The Race Gets More Interesting

Which project will provide too many vehicles along Western Avenue first?

The Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project is dealing with adding about 625 vehicles along Western Avenue from Trudie Drive north, each day the College is in session.

The Ponte Vista at San Pedro residential development project will add an unknown number of vehicles each day along the same stretch of Western Avenue.

The Marymount EIR did not take into account Ponte Vista.

The Ponte Vista EIR did not take into account the Marymount project and its added traffic.

The Rancho Palos Verdes Planning Commission is continuing its hearing on the Marymount issues on April 14. It appears that Commission will have its work done by May 26 or soon thereafter.

The Los Angeles City Planning Commission has sent back to the Planning Department the issues revolving around Ponte Vista. A new EIR with a recirculated Traffic and Transportation Section has been called for.

Will the Ponte Vista studies include the Marymount numbers?

Will the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council take into account the Ponte Vista projections when it votes on the Marymount project?

If both projects are ignored by each other, what does that mean for Western Avenue?

The main opposition group to the Marymount Expansion project continues to feel we need to accept all student housing and the College's athletic facilities along Palos Verdes Drive North.

We haven't heard or read much from folks living in northwest San Pedro and eastern Rancho Palos Verdes about how the added vehicle counts for the Marymount Expansion might affect them.

We haven't heard or read anything from the Ponte Vista development about their take on the Marymount Expansion and its affects on traffic counts for Western Avenue.

Both Planning Departments have been having a dilly of a time with the respective projects.

If the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project is approved as supported by the College, traffic will be negatively impacted along Western and at 25th and Western in San Pedro.

Even if no on-campus dorms are approved at Marymount, San Pedro drivers will continue to be impacted.

I hope that when the new EIR for Ponte Vista is circulated, there will be opinions and studies dealing with the potential impacts of the Marymount College Facilities Expansion Project accomplished.

Just when you think the meetings will be ending, more seem to pop up.

I'm giving this latest lap to Ponte Vista.

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