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Tuesday's town hall meeting will focus on the future of Malibu's Civic Center.

The City of Malibu will Tuesday hold a town hall meeting to in order to receive public input regarding the possibility of retiring vacant land zoned for commercial use in the Civic Center.

In addition, the City will seek to negotiate with Civic Center property owners about the possibility of selling the land to the City. 

Mayor Laura Rosenthal and Councilwoman Joan House, both of whom were recently appointed to the Civic Center Property Owners Negotiation Ad Hoc Committee, will preside over the meeting.

Members of the community are encouraged to attend Tuesday's meeting, where a forum will be held to hear the ideas of Malibu residents. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at Malibu City Hall. 

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Terry July 10, 2012 at 01:36 PM
its commercial property along the pch that should be eliminated with transfer development credits. the civic center should be master planned in such a way for better traffic circulation and to make it a walk friendly civic center area with much more parking. the commercial developers should pay 100% of the cost for sewers for serra retreat, colony and malibu road. owners of residential properties in these areas should not pay for the sewers.
Mark Hayes July 10, 2012 at 02:59 PM
The majority of undeveloped commercial property is along civic center way isn't it?
J. Flo July 10, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Interesting ideas. Can you explain how you see transfer development credits working in the Civic Center?
Adam Smith July 10, 2012 at 07:02 PM
what areas would you propose to be receiving areas for such credits? This would require rezoning noncommercial land into commercial land, allowing construction exceeding FAR, etc. The total percentage of commercial zoned land in Malibu is very small - a few percent of all land uses. Trouble is, it is almost all located in the Civic Center area. Rather than redistributing it across Malibu, it would be better to simply develop a good plan for the Civic Center with sufficient infrastructure.
John Mazza July 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM
According to the general plan there is 385 acres of commercial land in Malibu and a potential of 4,283,690 square feet of commercial space if built out.. That is 300-400 sq ft per every man woman or child. It does not seem small to me but I do not know the ratios in other cities.
Andy Lyon July 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM
They voted to allow these properties to go forward on an assessment district that will only benefit them and increase their value once they get the sewer they have been waiting decades for and NOW want to try and buy them ??? Hey, Iif you are going to be unrealistic you might as well ask them to just give them to the city. Seems like another one of those 'we are trying to look like we are trying to do something, but are really not' kind of meetings. Should be fun. BTW, there is some worthless swap land the city should get there hands on .... It's the former Malibu lagoon property. This might be an opportunity for the council to benefit from not taking action on something while pretending to.
Cathey Cadieux July 11, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Andy, I went to the meeting hoping to get information from the City or the developers who were in attendance. There were no displays or handouts, so I ended up talking to Preserve Malibu, and found that they had some of the info I needed. Mayor Rosenthal made a list with a marker on newsprint, of categories that we, the interested citizens, are to get together on and form committees. I am interested in owning land that I can set aside and protect, so I will get involved. I am afraid, however, that I will have no time left for my career as an artist, due to my civic involvement. Andy, I hope you will get involved in some way; I love your energy.
Cathey Cadieux July 11, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Andy, I wish I had had the opportunity to buy Malibu Lagoon from State Parks. You would still be walking out to surf on the old bridges.
Mark Hayes July 11, 2012 at 02:44 PM
First find a way to slow down or down size the centralized wastewater plant construction.This will cast into doubt the value of the commercial property. When the value is in question is the right time to buy, not when the city is assisting in the solutions to big development. %00,000 gallons a day of disposal means they are sizing the plant for most of the undeveloped parcels.
Mark Hayes July 11, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I meant 500,000 gallons of treated effluent a day.
Terry July 12, 2012 at 03:47 PM
TDS credits for pch commercial property would rezone it for housing. the housing could be master planned so traffic does not just empty out onto the pch. the housing may be a little higher zoned and provide some lower cost housing to meet city of malibu requirements for low cost units. its a possible solution for the city. the city definitely needs better planning and i dont have all the answers. but the job of city counsel is residents/voters first. not school district, state parks or regional water quality. they need to be focused on working for us.
Adam Smith July 12, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Terry, that's a possibility and certainly food for thought. I expect you'll get resistance from the Preserve Malibu folks, who have stated their opposition to lower cost housing on this website before. It would also require traffic mitigation, which is the real issue with the civic center. Of course, if the city is involved it could mean more 'solutions' like legacy park, which has proven particularly effective at reducing any human presence in the area.

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