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Scoping Meeting Set For Santa Monica College-Malibu Campus

Plans for the campus include a two-story building with a science lab, art studio, computer lab, a lecture hall and two classrooms, as well as a sheriff’s substation.

The Santa Monica Community College District wants Malibu's input on a draft environmental impact report for a proposed extension campus of Santa Monica College in Malibu.

A public scoping meeting, which is one of the first steps in the environmental process for a project, allows the public to provide suggestions on what should be included in the EIR, and is not meant to be a debate on the merits of the project.

The meeting, which is the second in a series of big projects coming to Malibu, is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31 in the Malibu City Hall Multi-Purpose Room.

This week, during a public scoping meeting for the planned Rancho Malibu Hotel, more than 50 people , but also asked that any EIR going forward include analysis of the cumulative impact of planned development in and around the Civic Center area. Those projects include the hotel, the satellite campus, a Whole Foods grocery store and a subdivision of five luxury homes near Bluffs Park.

The SMC project will be located at the existing Sheriff's Station at 23555 Civic Center Drive, which was decommissioned in the 1990s and will be demolished. A two-story, 27,500 square-foot facility will be constructed in its place.

Plans for the campus include a science lab, art studio, computer lab, a lecture hall and two classrooms, as well as a sheriff’s substation and a community room that can be used as an Emergency Operations Center, according to city documents.

The campus will be able to hold up to 210 students and 12 faculty and staff members, the documents state.

The project would temporarily connect to the existing onsite wastewater treatment system serving Los Angeles County Civic Center Complex, and it would eventually tie into the planned wastewater treatment facility in the Civic Center.

Mayor Laura Zahn Rosenthal has previously praised plans for the project.

“The city is excited to be working with Santa Monica College and Los Angeles County on the advancement of this project. The satellite campus will not only provide new educational opportunities for the Malibu community, but will strengthen law enforcement’s ability to serve Malibu, especially during emergencies,” Rosenthal said in March.

Malibu Patch will have more on this story soon.

J. Flo May 20, 2012 at 07:00 PM
"Is it impossible to imagine creating a fund to acquire some or all of the commercial properties in play for public use?" Being discussed even as I type - please come to the next activist meeting - June 4th.
Cindy Vandor May 20, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Must keep local Malibu Tow, where will it be? Everyone ask every city councilperson every time you see them to add up all impacts from all projects...and dare to say no. A college in Malibu sounds good, another grocery store in Malibu sounds good, a few new restaurants and a hotel can even sound good if you are a childish or arrogant thinker who can only see what your spoiled point of view wants and does not understand reality. I believe the city council, city planning commissioners, and city staff are wiser than that and understand their responsibility to consider the cumulative impacts all these projects have on Malibu's dangerous, fragile infrastructure, which now has a broken water system, deadly roads, no parking, and residents furious at the flouting of requirements that Malibu maintain its rural character, with no variances and no deals for developers. City Hall has heard the message to preserve Malibu loud and clear and will continue to hear it very loudly as more of these ill-conceived projects come through the planning pipeline. Dangerous projects like Weintraub's huge hotel and condo complex and Soboroff's monstrosity must be stopped by city council, city planning commissioners, and city planners...if they will ever be able to say yes to the college.
Hans Laetz May 21, 2012 at 06:58 AM
The tow trucks, yes, they should be stationed here. But the impound yard? That's an industrial use. Malibu does not have industrial land. Nor should we. Remember our civic vision? We give up some necessities to live out here. We don't have auto body shops. We don't have sewage truck transfer stations. We don't have nursing homes. We dont't have a waste transfer station, or a dump. All of those things are desirable necessities. But we simply have no place for them. As for buying vacant land, that will be very pricey. Legacy Park tapped the city and available outside grants dry. The city just spent $4 million on the CIvic Center sewer that may or may not get recovered. 70 percent of Malibu lives west of Geoffrey's and 90 percent of city expenditures seem to be east of Geoffrey's: library, Legacy, City Hall, senior center, subsidized powerline burying, etc. Not saying no. I'm saying show me.
Marianne Riggins May 23, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I agree 100% that a tow company needs to be in Malibu and I think we do have to have an impound yard. Malibu Municipal Code does have a zoning designation for this type of use Commercial General (CG) with a CUP, but not very much land is zoned at that designation. As for the other uses that Hans mentioned, we should have those uses in Malibu, we are an incomplete community without them, (maybe not a dump, if only because of the amount of land :) ), but we should have an industrial area and assisted living or nursing homes located here. Senior Malibu residents and their families have very difficult choices to make, they either have to hire expensive private nursing to care for elderly or those seniors have to move, sometimes far away to find care. Malibu, we as a community need to come together and agree on things for our community, we cannot continue without change, we need to move forward and have some changes. We can find a way to have important improvements, safer roads, needed industry and health care choices, community recreation areas and still keep a Malibu way of life.
Hans Laetz May 23, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Marianne, I'm glad you are here and that you have the courage and integrity to comment as a private citizen. But I would respectfully observe that your observation is exactly what is wrong with city planners (not you, of course, I mean across the hall). The Malibu "community" does NOT stop at the city limits. Most Malibu residents work outside the CITY, but within the COMMUNITY. If I need a bumper fixed, a complete community would have an auto body shop here. I take my car to Oxnard. They are now part of my community. We have a dump. It is 10 miles from City Hall. They are part of our "community" but not a part of our city. Nor should they be. We should not devote precious coastal land to CG uses. We, the people, made that decision through our City Council and its General Plan. CG uses are for elsewhere. Our General Plan is quite specific in its intent that Malibu IS NOT A COMPLETE COMMUNITY: "Malibu is a unique land and marine environment and residential community whose citizens have historically evidenced a commitment to sacrifice urban and suburban conveniences in order to protect that environment and lifestyle, and to preserve unaltered natural resources and rural characteristics. The people of Malibu are a responsible custodian of the area’s natural resources for present and future generations." City planners want a "whole community" within city limits. The voters reject that.

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