|Caroline Leach, Chair||June 30, 2020|
|Deborah Richie-Bray, Vice-Chair||June 30, 2021|
|Paul McCabe||June 30, 2020|
|Robert Cooper||June 30, 2021|
|Jeff Groves||June 30, 2021|
Information for Members of the Parklands Committee [pdf]
(A City Council policy document for members serving on the City Commission and Committees)
Much of the Palos Verdes Estates’ unique charm is derived from its urban forest, pathways and scenic views displayed within its rights-of-ways and 28 percent of dedicated open space known as Parklands. In accordance with the City’s Municipal Code, the Parklands Committee, established by the City Council, acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council in all matters pertaining to Parklands and grounds and landscaped portions of rights-of-way.
The Committee considers resident applications pursuant to several policies including the Parklands Policy, Parklands Landscaping Policy, and Tree Management Policy. The Tree Management Policy is a process whereby residents may request the removal or reduction of public trees, primarily for view enhancement, but also for safety. The Committee also reviews and makes recommendations on residents’ proposals for right-of-way and Parkland plantings, tree pruning, removals and maintenance.
The Committee also receives and considers applications for changes within the Parklands such as the addition or relocation of a pathway and introduction of landscaping. It also advises residents concerning designated street trees and the City’s tree management procedures. At the request of the City Council, the Parklands Committee will also evaluate the use of parklands and landscaping on other public property, and report its conclusions and recommendations to the City Council.
Parklands Committee Meetings
The Parklands Committee is an advisory body to the City Council. Members are appointed by the Mayor and Council to two-year overlapping terms. The Committee members generally have knowledge of local plants and trees and an appreciation of the City’s Parklands and rights-of-way landscaping. The Committee reviews and makes recommendations on resident’s applications for rights-of-way and parkland planting, tree removal, pruning and maintenance as well as changes to the Parklands. The Committee and the City Forester advise residents concerning designated street trees, tree management procedures, and rights-of-way planting.
The Parklands Committee meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday bi-monthly, except when the meeting is canceled due to a lack of a quorum or agenda items. Questions about the Parklands Committee and parklands in general should be directed to the City Forester at 310.378.0383.
Application materials for appearing before the Parklands Committee: