City Council Report


City Council Meeting: January 10, 2012

Agenda Item:  9-A  

To:               Mayor and City Council 

From:           Martin Pastucha, Director of Public Works

Subject:        Set Public Hearing for Vacating Public Right-of-Way on Olympic Place South and a Portion of 1st Court Alley and Dedication of New Public Right-of-Way at 1665 Ocean Avenue


Recommended Action

Staff recommends that the City Council:

1)    Adopt the attached resolution declaring the City’s intention to order vacation of the public right-of-way on Olympic Place South and a portion of 1st Court Alley and the dedication of a new public right-of-way to extend 1st Court Alley through the City-owned parcel at 1665 Ocean Avenue.

2)    Set a public hearing for February 14, 2012 at 5:30 PM.


Executive Summary

With the development of the Palisades Garden Walk and Town Square project, the need for a public right-of-way within the park site is no longer required in the area north and east of Chez Jay Restaurant.  A public right-of-way vacation combined with the relocation of vehicular access to the City-owned property between Chez Jay and the Ocean Lodge Motel site is an essential component of the project.



On October 25, 2011, Council reviewed and approved the Palisades Garden Walk and Town Square design plans for the new park.  The plans included proposals to vacate and dedicate certain areas of public right-of-way within the planned park area.  Prior to this Council meeting, the project plans were presented to the following boards and commissions as a courtesy visit or for approval:  Architectural Review Board; Coastal Commission; Commission on the Senior Community; Disabilities Commission; Landmarks Commission; Planning Commission; Recreation and Parks Commission; and Urban Forest Master Plan Task Force.



Olympic Place South is an alley that runs east/west along the northern edge of Chez Jay.  The portion of 1st Court Alley that is preferred in this report runs north/south at the eastern edge of Chez Jay Restaurant.  These two areas are to be incorporated into the park and would allow for future expansion into the park for any development of the Civic Center Specific Plan, including a park restaurant.  The project proposes to dedicate a new 25-foot wide public right-of-way that would connect with the existing segment of 1st Court Alley behind the Ocean Lodge Motel and would run through the center of the vacant parcel between the two businesses.  Parking would be maintained on either side of the new public right-of-way.  Access to the new route would be from the new Olympic Drive South and from Ocean Avenue.  Existing utilities and easements would be maintained.


Financial Impacts & Budget Actions

There is no financial impact to this Council action.  All costs associated with the construction of public improvements and relocation of City-owned and private utilities are included in the design-build contract as part of the overall Palisades Garden Walk and Town Square project budget.


Prepared by: Jean Bellman, Architect



Forwarded to Council:







Martin Pastucha

Director of  Public Works


Rod Gould

City Manager




1 – Resolution

2 – Exhibit A

3 – Exhibit B