A Malibu City Council public hearing will be held on Sept. 9 on the proposed formula retail ordinance, which seeks to limit chain stores in Malibu's Civic Center.
The Malibu Planning Commission voted in late July to oppose the ordinance in its recommendation to the council, calling for clarification in several portions.
The council has the option to side with the planning commission or make its own findings.
The planning commission recommended the council review and provide clarification on the maximum square footage of 2,500 feet, the methodology of a 50 percent cap on formula retail and to revisit the definition of formula retail.
Commissioners also encouraged the council to consider an alternative to the ordinance, including creating comprehensive design criteria, a master plan for the Civic Center and a small business development approach.
During the public hearing, representatives of the commercial property owners in the Civic Center promised legal action if the ordinance moved forward.