street neighborhoodState is mandating we zone for 2,490 more housing units in Redondo Beach, our current zoning allows for 1,278 more homes SO we have to decide where to zone the rest of the housing OR do we risk the penalties and fight the State. I explained the How & Why in the 4 minute video above. We discussed options at the Community Meeting and here were a few of the questions asked:

What options have been suggested?

  • 600 units at the Galleria-Industrial Flex Area (50 acres) which is the area of Living Spaces, King Harbor Brewing, TJ Maxx and Ralphs.
  • 1,000 units North of Manhattan Beach Blvd to Marine to Inglewood Avenue. (87 acres)
  • plus a few other options and only 313 unit options are located in 90277.

What about the 50 acre Power Plant area?
We need advocacy to make sure other Redondo areas are considered or North Redondo, specifically, District 4 & 5, will bear the burden of all the new housing.

Action: There will be a community meeting on April 7. At this meeting you will be asked where you feel the housing should go?

You are invited to participate in a Virtual Community Meeting where the GPAC Draft Land Use Plan/Map will be presented
WHEN: Wednesday April 7, 2021, starting at 6:30 p.m. to approximately 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Virtual meeting via Zoom.  To participate in the meeting, registration is required using the following link: the past three (3) years the GPAC has been working hard exploring land use and other issues that will inform and shape the City’s General Plan Update. Come to learn more about the General Plan update and provide feedback/input/comments on the GPAC’s Draft Land Use Plan/Map.
This virtual Community Meeting begins at 6:30 PM with a presentation from City staff and consultants that will focus on the GPAC’s Draft Land Use Plan/Map, recent changes in State Housing Law, and the City’s recent assignment of its Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) from SCAG. Following the presentation will be a question and answer period and requests for your input, feedback, and comments. If you are unable to attend, the Community Meeting will be recorded and posted on our website, and you will have opportunities to comment on the Draft Land Use Plan/Map virtually as well. Any feedback, input, and comments received will be presented to the Planning Commission at their scheduled meeting on April 15, 2021 and to the City Council at their upcoming meetings scheduled for April 20, 2021 and May 4, 2021.
If you would like to simply view the meeting only, it will broadcast live on Spectrum Channel 8 and Frontier Communications Channel 41, and stream live on the City’s agenda webpage at and YouTube at the following link comments on the Draft Land Use Plan will be accepted by email to

How many of RB lots already zoned for R2 or R3 but only have one house? Further, how many are located in North Redondo vs South Redondo?
The answer is 788

90277 90278 Total
Existing Units 147 444 591
Capacity 351 1028 1379
Net Unit 204 584 788


How many units have already been approved at the Galleria?
300 total units. 60 of them are affordable. IF the 600 more units are zoned this means 900 total housing will be zoned North of Kingsdale, Galleria area.

How many more units do we have to zone?
about 1,500 (this number will be updated at the April 7)

Can we fight the State of California?
Asm. Al Muratsuchi introduced Bill ACA7 which gives more local control but that will take awhile to play out. We can sue. Meanwhile, we could face severe penalties such as up to $100,000 per month for every month our Housing Element is past due. Or we could lose our ability to permit just as the City of Pleasanton did. Irvine lost their RHNA case against the State of California. Escondido created a Housing Element that met the State mandate but Escondido required a vote to approve zoning changes, voters said no. The issue went to court, judge said voters cannot say no to a state mandate therefore the Certified Housing Element stands.
But we have been successful where others were not, how much are you willing to lose to not zone the housing?

What are other cities doing? They are rezoning. For example: Escondido – prepared a specific plan to allow housing for more than 6,000 units; Riverside – rezoning for at least 15,000 units; Bell Gardens – rezoning; El Segundo – rezoning downtown and smoky hollow specific plan; West Hollywood – rezoning – even though their General Plan was done in 2013; Walnut – rezoning industrial and old commercial areas

The Housing Element will go to the Planning Commission April 15 then to Council on April 20.

Please help me advocate for an equitable distribution of housing at all or any of these meetings: April 7, 15 and/or April 20.


  1. Jackie Ealy on March 25, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Hi Laura. Thank you for your clear explanation of what we are facing. As is everyone in Redondo, I’m concerned about traffic, parking, and overcrowding. Given these concerns, I feel that the best proposed place for more housing is the area north of MB Blvd and south of Marine. My biggest concern about development in this area is how kids living there will be educated. It seems like 1000 dwelling units will mean that another elementary school may be needed, and hopefully that could be accommodated by using facilities we have such as the S. Bay adult school property at Inglewood and MB blvd. For middle schools, the traffic problem of having students filter through our neighborhoods to get to school each morning will create an even worse traffic situation than we faced when are kids went there. Is there a way to handle that via creative scheduling (split school sessions where half the student body has a late start) or some other means?

    Next issue: what happens to Ralph’s and TJ Max if that site is developed? Those properties must generate income for the city so I hope the plans would not mean the loss of them. Traffic is already a bit rough in that area but it does seem that it could accommodate some added housing units.

    As for the north/south divide and apparent need to push some of this development to the south, it seems like there is less space for this. If the power plant area could be developed with housing units, clearly good solutions for parking will be needed and the traffic that will be generated is a reasonable concern. If the state’s objective is to house an adequate number of residents to support local industry, perhaps local industry can be involved in solving traffic issues by also having flexible work options such as late start, early start, and of course our favorite experiment of the past year, greater ability to work from home. Is there a way to implement these options by working with local industry? This could make the higher density living that seems to be required a more palatable option.

    Thanks. Laura. Please let me know if these suggestions can be part of the record or if you think that I would be best heard and understood by attending and speaking at the meeting.

    All the beet,
    Jackie Ealy

    • Michelle Johnson on March 31, 2021 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Laura, I really think all of this extra housing is too much for the whole city of Redondo Beach, but as you stated the state of California is mandating this housing. No. Redondo Beach is already too crowded, How come the Mayor is not speaking up for fair housing in south RB? Thanks,
      Michelle Johnson
      Btw, is there something we can sign or do?