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Neighbors, Surfers Cry Foul Over Planned New Home on Malibu Road

More than 35 people have signed a petition protesting the proposed two-story home, which is located on Malibu Road in a spot where surfers normally go to check the waves at the Colony.

Plans for a new two-story home on Malibu Road are coming under fire from neighbors and surfers who claim the proposed residence will block views and public access at a popular surfing spot known as the Colony.

The Malibu Planning Commission will consider a coastal development permit and variance for the proposed 4,277-square-foot home at 24024 Malibu Road at its Dec. 3 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Malibu City Hall. City staff have recommended approval for the project.

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. The couple drew criticism from some of their Pacific Palisades neighbors in 2005 for planting a Tuscan-style vineyard on their property, according to the Palisadian-Post.

In Malibu, some of the couple's neighbors are concerned that the proposed two-story home may compromise the stability of the slope and disrupt their views.

The vacant property offers a rare, unobstructed view of the ocean that is otherwise blocked by miles of beachfront homes along other parts of Malibu Road.

According to a petition started by Malibu resident Oliver Damavandi, 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.

"As proposed, the safety and security of this land and beach are not being met. Beach goers will have difficulty accessing the beach and surfers will no longer be able to check the waves," the petition states.

The petition had been signed by 36 people as of Friday night.

City staff wrote in a Commission Agenda Report prepared on Nov. 21 that story poles, which are meant to show the visual impact of a project, were put up in 2011. The poles have since been taken down.

"Staff determined that the proposed residence would result in a less than significant visual impact to public areas of the beach and road," the report states.

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

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.

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

Lester Tobias December 02, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Check the staff report. In 2011, Coastal Engineering and Environmental Health approved the bulkhead at 32 feet from Malibu Road . The applicant resubmitted plans 6 weeks ago that show the bulkhead at 47 feet from Malibu Road. In the alternative feasibility analysis, the staff report states that 47 feet is the minimum pullback for the protection of the septic system, but no revised documentation or agency reviews supporting this expansion is included in the staff report. There are other problems with the staff report, as well. The planners are allowing approvals for elements that have not been proven to be feasible in terms of location on the site, and hence are not shown on the plans. I do not believe this is legal. Two that pop out are the beach access stairs and the rooftop pool and spa equipment and screening.
elena corral December 02, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Were it not the only monstrosity on the shores of Malibu, you would have a more valid point. The beauty of the coastline was compromised about 2,000 beach houses ago.
Frank P. Angel December 03, 2012 at 12:29 AM
@ Elena: now that's a hell of an argument. Just because you've lost 2,000 jewels, is not a good reason to trash your last remaining ones. In fact, it's every reason to hold onto what you've left.
Malibu December 03, 2012 at 09:20 PM
nah, it's the guy's property and if you bought it and paid taxes on it and had a bunch of NIMBY's coming crying you wouldn't care either. Is the city prepared to give him an equal or greater plot of land on the water in reparation?
Kelli February 21, 2013 at 04:17 AM
This planned project also needs to go the way of the downed Esplanade project!!

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