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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pepperdine Expansion Plans to Air before County Planning Commission

• Downtown Hearing Expected to Raise Concerns of City of Malibu and Neighbors about Possible Impact


The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on Pepperdine University’s expansion plans on May 4 in Room 150, Hall of Records, 320 West Temple Street in downtown Los Angeles starting at 9 a.m.
The planning panel is expected to consider a Conditional Use Permit, parking permit and Environmental Impact Report.
The CUP would authorize the construction, operation and maintenance of 394,137 square feet of new development and grading in excess of 100,000 cubic yards within approximately 365 acres of existing core campus area on the 830-acre site, according to regional planning department documents.
Malibu Country Estates homeowners, have been highly critical and vocal about the school’s plans.
At the same time, Pepperdine officials have marshaled its supporters to speak on behalf of the school including a strong showing of support from the Malibu Chamber of Commerce.
Pepperdine officials have said they have made every effort to accommodate the MCE residents’ complaints and concerns including shifting most of the newly planned recreational facilities away from the MCE neighborhood.
The city has made several points in its comment letter, saying there was no discussion in the DEIR about the expanded role of summer camps at the campus.
City officials also expressed concern about reports that the DEIR was using older information or using outdated data.
Plans call for 468 new student beds. The new events center is a planned 5000-seat venue that would allow NCAA regulation volleyball and basketball.
The events center will be relocated to the northern campus interior and provide parking for 830 adjacent parking spaces including 265 new spaces.
A new campus center is planned and additional parking structures are included in the expansion.

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