The group is working on the next step in the process, but the people behind it declined to provide more specifics at this time.
This week, the Malibu City Council agreed to send the proposed formula retail ordinance back to city staff for some revisions and to begin work on a specific plan and design standards for development in Malibu's Civic Center. The new direction is part of an effort to control growth in the area, which is known as the center of Malibu.
The council had been set to vote on whether to approve or deny a formula retail ordinance that would have required a conditional use permit (CUP) as part of an effort to limit chain stores in the Civic Center.
Instead, the council asked to reduce the maximum number of chain stores in a shopping center -- from 50 percent to 40 percent -- and not require a CUP if the center is within the 40 percent range. Councilmembers also agreed that the formula retail ordinance would likely be a temporary measure until a larger specific plan could be drafted.
City staff were also tasked with putting together what it will take to put together a specific plan for the Civic Center and design guidelines.
Members of Preserve Malibu said previously they will work to bring a ballot initiative to the residents if the council did not pass the ordinance.
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