Key City Council hearing Tuesday on View Ordinance

Folks, this June 28 City Council meeting is one of the most important milestones on the road to getting a View Ordinance governing trees and other vegetation enacted here in Torrance.  You may have received this notice in the mail:

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Meeting notice

Please plan to attend, in order to hear details of the View Equity ordinance proposed by city staff, and to provide your input during the meeting.  The draft ordinance can be read here.  Don’t be intimidated by the size of this file; the draft itself can be found on pages 7-14.   A useful flowchart summarizing the draft ordinance is presented in an addendum on the very last page.  The rest is introductory material, plus accounts of past hearings and copies of citizen input.

The RHA is concerned that the ordinance may not have adequate enforcement mechanisms that would make it effective in most situations.  We will report back on our evaluation of this draft, and will be sure to represent the interests of view proponents as well as tree owners in the months ahead.

Worth saving!

Worth saving!

If you cannot attend this June 28 meeting (at Council chambers at 3031 Torrance Blvd), then you may communicate via email to your council representatives as well as Linda Cessna, Deputy Community Development Director at Community_Development_Dept@TorranceCA.Gov

Rocketship park almost ready

The new playground equipment is almost ready to be opened up – the exact date will be revealed soon on the City of Torrance Facebook page.  Get the kids ready!

Almost eady to swing into action

Almost ready to swing into action

 

Focus Sharpens on Views

Torrance City Council will hold a public hearing on the TREE and VIEW ORDINANCE on Tuesday, June 28!!!Residents are invited to speak at this meeting. Please be there to show your support. If you like, please make a statement of your support.

Please do show up for this last, most important meeting on the hearing!!
 The council will make their FINAL DECISION on the proposed ordinance at this hearing. The most impactful thing you can do to help this process is to be there and urge them to adopt an ordinance and guidelines similar to the City of Rolling Hills Estates View Equity Ordinance. The council is in favor of this action, but city staff is still opposed to an ordinance, so it is not a done deal.

Please be there at the City Council hearing to direct them to adopt the ordindance as soon as possible. The trees keep growing, and many residents have been waiting for this for decades. Now is the time to speak out!!!

GOOD NEWS ABOUT TREES AND VIEWS

At last week’s May 17 Torrance City Council meeting, the Council approved allocating funds for the tree and view ordinance for the coming fiscal year!
Since the Council has already approved funding for the program,  it looks very likely that they will approve the draft ordinance when it comes back to Council for a public hearing.  The public hearing could be very soon–possibly this summer.
We will let you know when this important meeting takes place, so you can attend the meeting and show support for this much-needed ordinance for the City of Torrance.
Thank you for the many people who have been helping this effort.  It’s coming……!

Legado update

For those of you following the ongoing effort to develop the old Bristol Farms site, be aware that the Redondo Beach Planning Commission last week voted to approve the 146-unit apartment complex proposed by the Legado Company developer.  The final hurdle will be tested on June 14 when the RB City Council votes on whether to approve this latest plan.
More information can be gleaned from this Daily Breeze article.
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Development site boundaries

Many Riviera residents and nearby Redondo Beach residents continue to oppose the  development, in its current proposed configuration, based on traffic and density concerns.  For all the official details, read up on the latest information posted on the RB city website.
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