Trails Network Plan
Project Manager: Katie Lozano, Senior Administrative Analyst
Contact Info: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / (310) 544-5267
The City of Rancho Palos Verdes began planning for a non-motor vehicle transportation circulation system for pedestrians, equestrians and bicyclists, as early as the adoption of the City's General Plan in 1975. In the early years after the city's formation, it was recognized that trails are an integral part of the City's circulation system and play an important role in contributing to the successful interaction of residential, institutional, commercial and recreational zoning districts within the city, while encouraging passive recreational and fitness opportunities, as well as fostering appreciation of the City's abundant natural resources.
As such, on November 27, 1984, the City Council adopted the City's Trails Network Plan intended to serve as an advisory tool for the City decision makers for the implementation and funding of City trails. As a means of implementing the Trails Network Plan, on January 22, 1990, the City Council adopted the Conceptual Trails Plan (CTP) and Conceptual Bikeways Plan (CBP), as two separate documents. Collectively, the CTP and CBP serve as the City's Trails Network Plan (TNP). The CTP was revised on May 21, 1991, September 16, 1991, and October 26, 1991. The CBP was revised on October 15, 1996. The TNP has not been updated since the mid-1990's.
In the past twenty years, the City has actively sought to acquire and permanently preserve open space within it's boundaries. Over this span of time, the City, with active participation from the City's Preserve Habitat Manager, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC), the City has built the 1,400-acre Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. To balance the needs of natural resource protection with public use of the Preserve, the City adopted the Preserve Public Use Master Plan for the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve in 2008. This plan was last updated in 2013.
Also, in 2008 the city developed a trails plan for the Coast Vision Plan, which is "a modern vision to unify the [city's] coast through design," providing a framework of connectivity of public amenities within and adjacent to the city's coastal zone.
Beginning in 2012, the City undertook the updating and consolidation of all of its existing trails plans and documents into a single, comprehensive Trails Master Plan (TMP). As a part of the preparation of the TMP, the City will conduct outreach to stakeholder groups to refine the scope of the TMP and identify the unique issues of concern to the various constituencies with an interest in trails access and planning in the city. Project stakeholders are expected to include (but not be limited to):
- California Coastal Conservancy
- California Native Plant Society (CNPS)
- City of Rancho Palos Verdes Public Works Department
- City of Rancho Palos Verdes Recreation & Parks Department
- Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association (CORBA)
- Individual property owners, property / home owners' groups and residents
- Los Angeles County Harbors, Beaches & Parks Department
- Members of the Gabrieleño / Tongva Native American community
- Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
- Palos Verdes Peninsula Horsemen's Association (PVPHA)
- Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC)
- Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority (PVPTA)
- Rancho Palos Verdes Council of Homeowners' Associations (CHOA)
- South Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club
The current Trails Network Plan divides the city into 5 sections or subregions, as depicted on the project area map below. At this time, the City expects that the TNP will be organized in a similar fashion.
Project-Related City Council Agenda Items
May 17, 2022: The City Council received an update on the project and approved Amendment #2 to the agreement with Alta Planning and Design to complete the Trails Network Plan document. Click here to view the agenda report.
July 6, 2021: The City Council received an update on the project and approved Amendment #1 to the agreement with Alta Planning and Design to complete the Trails Network Plan document. Click here to view the agenda report.
September 15, 2020: The City Council considered a status report on the Trails Network Plan Update. Click here to view the agenda report.
June 16, 2020: The City Council received a status report on the Trails Network Plan Update and approved an agreement with Alta Planning and Design to complete the Trails Network Plan document. Click here to review the agenda report.
November 7, 2012: the City Council provided Staff with policy direction on 4 of the 11 recommendations made by the Open Space Planning Recreation and Parks Task Force related to updating the TNP. Click here to review the agenda report.
Trails Network Plan Update Public Workshops
As the City of Rancho Palos Verdes launched its much anticipated update to the city's Trails Network Plan (TNP), the City conducted a series of public workshops to reach out to community stakeholders and interested persons to identify any unique trail issues that should be addressed in the TNP update. Each of the six public workshops were held at 6 p.m. in the Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall Community Room. Linked below is information presented at each of the six public workshops.
Public Workshop #1: June 25, 2014
Public Workshop #2 on Trail Section 1: October 29, 2014
Public Workshop #3 on Trail Section 2: April 29, 2015
Public Workshop #4 on Trail Section 3: October 21, 2015
- Proposed draft modifications to the Section 3 Trail Map (PDF)
- October 21, 2015 Power Point presentation (PDF) (large file)
Public Workshop #5 on Trail Section 4: February 3, 2016
- Proposed draft modifications to the Section 4 Trails Map (PDF)
- February 3, 2016 Power Point Presentation with revised Map (PDF) (large file)
Public Workshop #6 on Trail Section 5: May 4, 2016
- Proposed draft modifications to the Section 5 Trails Map (PDF) (as revised at the May 4th workshop).
- May 4, 2016 Power Point Presentation (PDF)
Interjurisdictional Trail Matters
On January 15, 2013, the City Council, in response to public concerns regarding the loss of trail connections between neighboring jurisdictions, directed Staff to monitor and provide quarterly reports to the Council on inter-jurisdictional trail matters. Below are links to the Interjurisdictional Trail Matter Reports.
- California Coastal Trail
- CalTrans Community-Based Transportation Planning Grant Application (PDF)
- Conceptual Bikeways Plan (PDF)
- Conceptual Trails Plan (PDF)
- Coast Vision Plan
- Natural Communities Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (NCCP/HCP)
- Parks Master Plan
- Preserve Public Use Master Plan (PUMP)
- Strategic Growth Council Grant Application (PDF)
- Trails Network Plan (PDF)