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Portuguese Bend Landslide Remediation Project Draft EIR

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes Released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) (PDF) for the Portuguese Bend Landslide Remediation Project on February 9, 2023 for public review and comment for a 64-day period through April 14, 2023.

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Appendices for Portuguese Bend Landslide Remediation Project

About the Draft EIR 

Prepared by environmental consulting firm LSA Associates, the Draft EIR is part of a state-required review process that studies how proposed major construction projects could affect the environment and what can be done to mitigate those effects. EIRs are meant to inform decision-makers and the public of any impacts before a project can be built. The Draft EIR for the Portuguese Bend Landslide Remediation Project studied potential impacts across the following categories: aesthetics, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, energy, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, noise, recreation, transportation, tribal cultural resources, utilities and service systems, and wildfire. 

The Draft EIR found that the project would have no significant impacts in any of these areas, but that it could have less than significant impacts associated with construction, including temporary loss of habitat for sensitive species. These impacts would be mitigated through avoidance and minimization methods, habitat restoration, and close biological monitoring, with approval from state and federal wildlife agencies. The habitat loss resulting from the project was anticipated and accounted for in the City’s Natural Communities Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan (NCCP/HCP), which allows the loss of habitat for certain City projects, provided that avoidance and minimization measures for sensitive habitats and species are implemented. The habitat loss accounted for in the NCCP/HCP is offset by the creation of the City’s 1,500-acre Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. The Preserve and the perpetual preservation and restoration of protected habitat essentially serve as the mitigation for permanent impacts associated with these City projects, including the landslide project.

Public Comment Period

In addition to the City website, the Draft EIR is available for the review period during regular hours at Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall, the Miraleste Library in Rancho Palos Verdes and the Peninsula Center Library in Rolling Hills Estates. Comments may be submitted in writing to the Public Works Department at Rancho Palos Verdes City Hall (30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275) or via email to by 4:30 p.m. on April 14, 2023. 

A public hearing to present the Draft EIR findings and solicit feedback is scheduled to take place during the City Council meeting on March 21, 2023. After the public review period ends, the consultant will review the comments, respond to them and make final revisions to the report. A Final EIR will go before the City Council for certification at a future meeting, likely in summer 2023. Certifying the EIR does not mean the City would or would not proceed with project construction.

Portuguese Bend Landslide Remediation Project Staff Reports 

EIR Preparation Documents

Portuguese Bend Feasibility Study

Questions/Comments From Community Relating to Portuguese Bend Landslide Feasibility Study

Portuguese Bend Landslide Historical Documents (PB Landslide)

Portuguese Bend Landslide Maps

City Council Subcommittee Meeting Notes

Landslide Management Program Information