More Delays for Hearing on Controversial Malibu Road Home

The plans for the two-story home have come under fire by surfers and neighbors who are concerned that the residence will block ocean views and beach access.

The Malibu Planning Commission will likely not hold a public hearing until late January on a planned new two-story home on Malibu Road near a popular surfing spot.

The hearing for a coastal development permit and variance for the proposed 4,277-square-foot home at 24024 Malibu Road is now set for the Jan. 22 meeting at Malibu City Hall.

The plans call for a two-car garage, concrete bulkhead, staircase to the beach, swimming pool and spa, view corridors and the installation of an alternative onsite wastewater treatment system, according to city documents.

The property, which is currently vacant and only houses a fence, guardrail and concrete retaining wall, is owned by Ardie and Tania Tavangarian.

A petition started by Malibu resident Oliver Damavandi in opposition to the plans has garnered 74 votes as of this week. Neighbors are concerned that the proposed two-story home may compromise the stability of the slope and disrupt their views.

Lori Dome, who said she lived on Malibu Road for 24 years, said she enjoyed the gap in houses and view of the ocean.

"When I first moved there, this part of the road was one lane because of subsiding. It's not stable, and this house would block access to the view and the beach walk," Dome wrote on the petition.

Sara Gepp of Malibu also wrote that she opposes the project.

"Enough is enough. No more building on Malibu Road. Public Access for all!!! No one owns the beach!" Gepp said.

Surfers fear the home will block a public viewing area and access area to the popular surf spot known as the Colony. The property is within feet of public access way that is recorded with the State Coastal Conservancy.

City staff wrote in a Commission Agenda Report prepared on Nov. 21 that the home would not have a significant impact on the view of neighbors and public areas of the beach and Malibu Road.

The project requires one variance because of the steepness of the slope leading from Malibu Road to the beach. The slope was made during the construction of Malibu Road, according to the report.

A retaining wall was constructed on the property by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works in 1987 in response to a landslide.

The Tavangarians have offered to dedicate a lateral public access along the shore, the report states

John P. December 24, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Let's just confiscate this property, like they did in the Soviet Union. It doesn't matter if these people have complied with all the rules, we the people have a right to whatever view we decide we want. When we are done with them, we should start tearing down all the houses on Malibu road, they are rich people anyway.
Larry Abbott December 24, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Wow 74 whole signatures. A virtual landslide of public opposition, if you will pardon the pun, and forgive the heavy sarcasm. This project is NOT controversial. 74 signatures out of 13,000 residents does not constitute a controversy. Attention city officials: I was born here and went to Malibu public schools and I own property here and run my business here and I strongly support the construction of this home. Leave these private property owners alone! This petition is nothing but a selfish effort by a very small number of people to continue to use someone else's property for their own purposes. If they want an unobstructed view of the pacific, they should buy a house on the beach and pay the 100 grand per year in property tax that goes with it.
Stick and Move December 24, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Stick and Move 2:10 pm on Monday, December 24, 2012 I agree John. Why should those rich people, who demonstrated amazing discipline, perseverance, get up and go; made intelligent and difficult life choices be allowed to enjoy the benefits of their responsible, law abiding, rule following behavior. It's time for them to step aside, level their homes on the sand from County Line to the McClure Tunnel, so the surfers are not inconvenienced with a partial look at the ocean. Or, the 99.9%, which includes me, by the way, can make their own goal of living on the sand, and make the sacrifices needed to get there.
Larry Abbott December 25, 2012 at 01:22 AM
74 signatures is a whimper... A whisper...a non-event.
Klobber Muse December 27, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Larry Abbott and Stick and Move: it is obvious you know nothing about this proposed development, nor have you bothered to read the staff report or watch the Dec. 3 planning commission hearing on it. The whole point is that the project does NOT conform with the rules. The staff report is majorly flawed. Why do you think the hearing has been continued twice? Especially given your comment that 74 people signing a petition does not even constitute a peep? The city of Malibu would have been majorly embarrassed had the hearing went forward. The city planners responsible for this project are either extemely lazy or getting paid under the table. Please, before you offer your opinion, do a little research and spare us your ignorance. It shouldn't take residents having to sign a petition or hire attorneys for the city's planning department to realize it better start doing its job. What a joke.


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