The Rancho Palos Verdes City Council, discussing the proposed coastal Ritz-Carlton hotel, golf course and residential development, made clear that it wants fewer homes than the 159 permitted under present zoning--and a golf course that the public will have sufficient opportunity to play on.
Meeting to discuss coastal issues, the council also emphasized to the prospective developer, Barry G. Hon of Orange County, that it wants the project to preserve open space and provide public access to the coast, perhaps via a bluff-top road.
With four of Hon's representatives in the audience, the council said it wants the 500-acre development laid out in one plan, even though Hon owns only part of the land and has said he will reduce the project if he can't buy all of it.
The project would be along Palos Verdes Drive South, just west of the San Pedro boundary.
The council has initiated a zoning change on the bulk of the property, now earmarked for single-family houses, to provide the 25 commercial acres that Hon needs for the hotel. The lengthy rezoning procedure, which could lead to approval, allows the staff and council to evaluate development.