Plans for the 228 acre development project slated for the Chandler Palos Verdes Sand and Gravel pit in Rolling Hills Estates continue to move forward. Plans for development on the site include the construction of a new golf course for the Rolling Hills Country Club as well as 114 luxury homes. The city recently released a state-required environmental report on the project, which has been in the planning stages for about six years.
Part of the property is in Torrance, which has agreed to swap 32 acres with Rolling Hills Estates so that the residential portion of the project can remain in the latter city. A portion of the golf course would be in Torrance, as will nearly 4 acres of open space. Total cost of the project has been estimated at approx. $300 million. The new homes to be developed are expected to range from 2,700 to 6,500 square feet of space, and would feature a red-tile-roofed Mediterranean style. Billed as "Tuscan Farmhouse," "Rural Italian" and "Rustic Italian," Expected sales prices are also expected to be well over $1 million ranging up to the high $3 million range.
Some critics of the proposed project dispute the developer's plans to be removed from Rolling Hills Estates' horse overlay zone, which allows horses on lots greater than 10,000 square feet. These neighbors feel that although the area currently does not provide for equestrian uses, that the new project should be planned to accommodate horses including additional horse trails.
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