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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Coastal Commission Will Air Revocation Request for Horse Farm Permit

• Malibu TDC Plan Also on Agenda

BY BILL KOENEKER

A highly controversial equestrian center located in the Santa Monica Mountains is the focus of a revocation request before the California Coastal Commission at its meeting on April 14 in Santa Barbara.
Save Open Space has made a request to revoke the coastal permit granted to Malibu Valley Farms, Inc. for an after-the-fact approval for an equestrian facility used for horse breeding, raising, training, stabling, exercising, boarding and rehabilitation.
The stable is located next to Stokes Creek on Stokes Canyon Road, near the geographic center of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Stokes Creek feeds into Malibu Creek, which flows to the ocean.
There is a dirt access road with two at-grade crossings through Stokes Creek at the facility.
The other improvements on the property that were permitted include as-built riding arenas, fencing, corrals, paddock, mare motel, shelters, covered pipe barns, tack rooms, barn, manure storage areas and parking lot.
The permitted project also includes the addition of vegetative swales, a bio-retention basin with riprap pad and one-half acre of riparian restoration and removal of various pipe and covered corrals, cross-tie areas, storage containers and tack rooms.
The commission is also poised to concur with the executive director’s determination that action by the City of Malibu accepting certification of modifications to its Transfer Development Credit Program through a Local Coastal Program Amendment, is legally adequate.
The certification becomes effective unless a majority of the commissioners present object to the executive director’s determination.
The city’s LCPA expands the TDC program, allowing the municipality more flexibility by enabling certain entitlements on a lot that can be developed in exchange for retiring small lots in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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