Below is a notice the Silver Strand News has just received regarding the proposed route for the the Venice Auxiliary Sewer line on Via Marina. This is a very controversial City of Los Angeles project still in the permitting process. The County of Los Angeles sued the City about the proposed route, but lost on appeal. In the process of the litigation, it was determined that the City proposal to route the sewer line on Via Marina, rather than on Pacific or on the beach was the longest, the most expensive and the most disruptive to nearby residents. This view has subsequently been reiterated by many others.
Most agree that a secondary line is needed 1) in order to inspect the 60-year-old existing line which cannot be closed down without it and 2) to provide a relief sewage line the existing line on the beach. If the current beach line fails, the City has liability. Many have stated that the City is frightened of proposing the best option, namely the beach route alongside the existing pipe line, because of supposed opposition from the California Coastal Commission (which has yet to be heard from). The Via Marina route cannot go forward without permission from Los Angeles County as the route encroaches on and crosses the City/County boundary on Via Marina.
This hearing will likely include the mitigations that the County has extracted or is in the process of demanding from the City in order to grant the latter permission to encroach on County land. Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Supervisor has stated recently that he is firmly against the Via Marina route.
An important question: Why this hearing on a project which will severely impact both County and City residents who live near Via Marina being held downtown on a weekday morning when few members of the public will be able to attend?
If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact all of the following to express your concerns which will be entered into the public record on the project. You need to do this as soon as possible and certainly prior to the hearing date on February 25. Please reference Project No. R2014-01462-(4), Permit No. RCDP201400003 in your correspondence.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF REGIONAL PLANNING
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to consider the project described below. You will have an opportunity to testify, or you can submit written comments to the planner below or at the public hearing. If the final decision on this proposal is challenged in court, testimony may be limited to issues raised before or at the public hearing.
Hearing Date and Time: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
Hearing Location: 320 West Temple St., Hall of Records, Rm. 150, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Project & Permit(s):
Project No. R2014-01462-(4), Permit No. RCDP201400003
Project Location: Road right-of-way, Marquesas Way/Via Marina within the Playa Del Rey Zoned District
CEQA: The City of Los Angeles certified an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on January 12, 2010. The City of Los Angeles is the “lead agency” and Los Angeles County is a “responsible agency” for this project pursuant to CEQA. The County Regional Planning Commission will consider the environmental effects of the project as shown in the EIR certified by the City of Los Angeles prior to reaching a decision on the project.
Project Description: The applicant is proposing to construct a new two-mile long, 54 inch diameter force main sewer, approximately 0.75 miles of which would be within County jurisdiction, pursuant to section(s) 22.56.2280 of the Los Angeles County Code. The alignment of the new sewer would proceed east under the grand canal along Marquesas Way, then southeasterly on Via Marina and in portions of the parking lot 3, then under the Marina del Rey Channel entrance and Ballona Creek to a point on the south side of Ballona Creek and Pacific Avenue.
For more information regarding this application, contact Anita D. Gutierrez, Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning (DRP), 320 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Telephone: (213) 974-4813, Fax: (213) 626-0434, E-mail: email@example.com. Case materials are available online at http://planning.lacounty.gov/case/view/r2014-01462/ or at the Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey Library, 4533 Admiralty Way Marina del Rey, CA 90292. All correspondence received by DRP shall be considered a public record.