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Hearing Pushed to February on MHS Campus Improvement Project

The plans call for new classrooms, a library, computer and science labs and an administrative building, totaling 20,274 square feet at Malibu High School.

The Malibu Planning Commission on Monday voted to hold a new public hearing in February on plans for improvements at Malibu High School, including a controversial 150-space parking lot.

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is seeking a coastal development permit and a conditional use permit for plans to reconfigure several parking lots and add a new one, as well as construct a library, computer and science labs and an administrative building, totaling 20,274 square feet.

In August, commissioners voted to directed city staff to add conditions to require a right turn lane on an access road leading up to a proposed 150-spot parking lot without lights, over the objection of the school district.

The new hearing will be held at the Feb. 19 Planning Commission meeting at Malibu City Hall.

The plans call for new classrooms, a library, computer and science labs and an administrative building, totaling 20,274 square feet. The main building would also include "green roofs," which are meant to reduce storm water runoff and provide an outdoor learning space, according to the SMMUSD website.

The plans also include a reconfigured 119-space lighted parking lot; and a reconfigured 61-space lighted parking lot and a new student drop-off area. The district's plans call for lighting at the 150-spot parking lot.

The school hosts 65 events that take place after school in addition to 250 sporting events every year, according to SMMUSD officials.

The project was submitted separately from the Malibu High School lights project. The Malibu City Council approved 70-foot tall lights for the school's athletic field for a maximum of 61 nights. The council also required the school district to take down 12-foot cross bars on the lights from June 1 through August 31.

R Y A N December 04, 2012 at 11:00 PM
The SMMUSD has repeatedly fought against using high-efficiency LED lighting, the architect basically saying that operational costs are not considered for this project -- only up-front component costs. Essentially, this means that old-tech light-generating technologies are proposed and the cost savings for already-outdated, new light fixtures was spent on other aspepcts of the MHS remodel.
Terry December 07, 2012 at 03:57 PM
plan calls for eliminating parking in front of the school as the buildings are closer to morning view. who cares about setback. the city has already signed off on the elimination of one of the fields on the school to put in 2 tennis courts. they want to grade another knoll for lighted parking to replace the parking in front of the school. look at the plan malibu----its just not a well thought out plan for our community. please look at each element---the traffic flow pattern have not been addressed. in fact with the second parking lot they r worse. kids walking down morning view will encounter a parking lot driveway with a steep slope entrance away from the school with no plans for bathroom facilities or supervision. this dangerous driveway is sure to be the cause of a serious accident involving our students.

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