By PVE Trails & Open Space Conservancy

PVE  TRAILS thru Parklands & Paths

 

New PVE Right-of-Way Policy still under development.

The City Council instructed the staff to consider a Right-of-Way (R/W) policy in Palos Verdes Estate (PVE) after the Parklands Use Policy was approved, in April, 2014.  As a result, a memo for the discussion of possible standards regarding unauthorized R/W encroachments was presented at the Council meeting on May 27, 2014. It was accompanied with  FAQ's about R/W and photos illustrating unauthorized plantings and encroachments, particularly upon an area between the street curb and a property line known as the Parkway. (Please see Right-of-Way for a description and illustration of Parkway as well as other types of R/W that will need to be considered by this possible new policy.) This material was not acted upon during 2014 and 2015, but was again presented  at a Joint Session Workshop to both the City Council and the PV Homes Association in January of 2016. However, a formal PVE Right-of-Way Policy has still not yet been developed. 


In the meantime, the City added a full time Code Enforcement officer in 2015 who helped resolve encroachments, particularly upon parkland, and other code violations.  However, that person left the PVE in 2017 their position was not replaced. Instead, the Deputy City Manager, Sheri Repp, is sharing those duties with her other responsibilities. Still, without a R/W Policy, encroachments become more problematic on such city owned property as Paths, Lanes and Parkways. Even though the PVE Municipal Code prohibits unauthorized encroachments upon any City owned land, including R/W, it appears the current ordinances mostly apply to Parkland encroachments. Greater R/W policies would involve the identification and removal of non-authorized encroachments on R/W as well as issues involving the clearing of overgrowth on R/W for reasons involving fire abatement, health, traffic safety and pedestrian/bicycle access. 


‚ÄčPlease contact support@pvetrails.org for more information about the possible new R/W Policy.