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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Proposed View Restoration Ordinance Is Wending Its Way through the System

• Planners See No Significant Environmental Impacts

BY BILL KOENEKER


Malibu planning officials have issued a notice of intent to adopt a negative declaration, meaning they do not believe there are any significant environmental impacts to the proposed adoption of a citywide view restoration ordinance.
The purpose of the review, according to municipal officials, is to allow public agencies and other interested members of the community the opportunity to share their expertise, discuss agency analysis, check for accuracy, detect omissions, discuss public concerns and solicit counter proposals to the proposed ordnance.
According to planning department documents, the proposed view restoration ordinance would establish and provide a right of action for property owners in the city to restore pre-existing views from private residences that have been “significantly obstructed by landscaping on neighboring properties.”
Planners note an equally important goal of municipal officials is “to restore pre-existing views, while considering the privacy, safety and stability of hillsides, natural and rural settings of the city and acknowledging the importance of trees and foliage.”
Planners are quick to point out that any foliage that meets the definition of Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area, as well as native trees, “is exempt from restoration actions.”
A notice issued by the planning department indicates the proposed ordinance establishes a process by which property owners within the city may seek to restore a pre-existing view with an emphasis on neighbors trying to resolve their view issues prior to court action.
The public comment period on the ordinance begins Feb. 10 and ends March 11.
At this time, city officials indicate that a hearing date before the planning commission has not been scheduled.
The commission had conducted informal public workshops and a formal public hearing about a proposed ordinance after the matter had been discussed by a task force for almost a year.
The task force had created its own ordinance and recommended the city could simply adopt it.
However, some city council members at that time frowned on proceeding in that fashion and instructed the staff to start from ground zero.
The planning department told planning commission members it would adopt provisions from the task force document, and other ordinances currently enacted by other cities.
The planning commission made recommendations for inclusion into the proposed document, but has not yet seen a draft version.
The matter will return to the planning panel for its recommendations although a hearing date has not yet been set and then will go before the city council for approval or denial.

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