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Coastal Commission to Consider Changes to Malibu's Local Coastal Program

The city hopes to change development standards to provide an incentive for developers to propose more public amenities in Malibu.

The California Coastal Commission will consider a request by the city of Malibu for changes to its Local Coastal Program in February.

The meeting is scheduled for Feb. 7 at the Redondo Beach Civic Center.

The city of Malibu is seeking two amendments -- one to its Land Use Plan (LUP) and another to its Local Implementation Plan (LIP) -- to change standards for development in institutional zones, which includes public amenities and services such as libraries, churches and schools.

The city is seeking a LUP amendment to provide an incentive for developers to include public amenities as part of new development.

"The proposed LUP amendment would modify the land use designation under “Institutional” to allow the maximum floor area ratio (FAR) permitted in this land use category to be increased from 0.15 to 0.20, where additional significant public benefits and amenities are provided as part of the project," according to a commission agenda report.

The changes would also expand the list of permitted uses in the zone to include towing and automobile storage, police and fire stations, parks and recreational facilities, and animal husbandry and agricultural uses for educational and non-profit purposes.

The LIP amendment would add a new set of development standards to ensure that development within the institutional zone is in conformance with the overall protection of coastal resources.

"Specifically, the new institutional development standards will regulate setbacks, height, structure size, landscaping, site permeability, fences/walls, grading limits, and parking," the report states.

Read the full report online.

Terry January 25, 2013 at 11:18 PM
oh no here comes the hotel. malibu city counsel back doors it again. they must think we are stupid. and we are if we continue to let these people represent us. recall now. its the ninth inning
Ed January 26, 2013 at 12:01 AM
No Terry, its regarding the SMC Satellite Campus Project.
John Mazza January 26, 2013 at 12:07 AM
This also allows for the field lights at the high school. Prior to this there was a limit on the height. Ed is correct about the SMC Campus Project. It also affects Station 71.
Susan Tellem January 26, 2013 at 02:59 AM
This is just about the most sneaky council we have ever had. Can we please come up with a plan on Sunday to vaporize them.
V.P.A. January 26, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I second the motion on Susan's comment. The majority of residents, voted for these people & therefore the combination thereof. How do we separate the chaff from the wheat if indeed there is any wheat among this particular collection?! The residents need a clearer picture of what they want out of their individual councillors & not fall for the propaganda, otherwise this is what you get!! Financial backing other than a set restricted amount for each candidate is nothing more than open season bribery; of which many Developers among others, have mastered the art... .
John Mazza January 26, 2013 at 07:45 PM
I attended or participated in at least 4 public meetings on these changes to the Institutional Zone. The government did tell the public what they were doing. Their motives were not very transparent but the process was. Count on the government to change any rule that helps them do what they want and resist any rule that changes the status quo (i.e.diversification ordinance). In this case the only thing the city did that is questionable is act on construction permits (i.e. light poles) before the CCC approved the changes. That was for political reasons.
Hans Laetz January 26, 2013 at 08:08 PM
"Political reasons" = doing what the vast majority wants. Those cads! How is the diversity ordinance "changing the status quo" but providing girls at MHS with soccer lights, and boys with football and soccer lights, "political." ?
John Mazza January 27, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Hans--Don't you think that a governmental body like a city should follow it's own laws and wait until they become effective or does it depend on for whom they disregard the law ?
Marianne Riggins January 27, 2013 at 06:29 PM
The CCC approved the amendment for the field lights in Oct 2011 at a public meeting attend by both those in favor and against. The City of Malibu did follow the law when they acted on the application by the school district for the field lights.
Hans Laetz January 27, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Yes. I also think the duly-elected city council followed the letter of the law, despite the loser of a lawsuit that the newly-arrived neighbors filed. Hmm. Didn't the Malibu Township Council support that loser lawsuit? And then, didn't some prominent MTC activists then have the gold-plated huevos to go before the SMMUSD board meeting and ask the district to "stop wasting money, by defending itself against the loser lawsuits?" Wow. I'm impressed. After four years of refusing to negotiate or give ground, and losing their lawsuit, these guys go before the school board to say "let's reason, let's not spend money on lawyers." Don't you think a shadow government like the MTC should stop costing the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars for losing lawsuits, John?
Marianne Riggins January 27, 2013 at 06:57 PM
The institutional zone is designated for fire and police stations, schools, religious facilities and other government buildings, areas for the protection and use of the residents of this community, not commercial buildings such as a hotel. These updates will allow for buildings and uses that are designed to better accommodate the needs of our community.

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