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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DEIR Scoping Set for Bluffs Subdivision

• Critics Say Megamansions Will Dominate Malibu Skyline

BY BILL KOENEKER

An Environmental Impact Report scoping meeting for the so-called Crummer site subdivision has been scheduled for June 7 at 6: 30 p.m. in the City Hall multi-purpose room.
The Crummer site, so-called for a former owner of the property, is located on the bluffs near Bluffs Park where story poles have been located for some time.
The poles are utilized to show the mass of the five homes planned for the site and the height of the two-story structures on the ridgeline, which is prominent from many areas of the Civic Center and Pacific Coast Highway.
The project applicant Robert Gold wants to subdivide the 24-acre property into seven individual parcels for the development of five new single-family homes and accessory structures on the property located adjacent to the city-owned Bluffs Park.
Plans call for a new private gated road with a guardhouse and dedication of approximately 1.74 acres of land to the City of Malibu for active and passive recreational use.
Lots one through five would be developed with single-family residences and various accessory structures.
Each residence would be two-stories high with a maximum height of 28 feet and would include a basement, attached garage, swimming pool and spa.
Lot five would be developed with a private gated street, a gatehouse, an onsite wastewater treatment system, landscaping and open space to be owned and maintained by the homeowners association.
According to planners, the OWTS will be designed with a stub-out box to allow for possible connection to a municipal wastewater treatment in the Civic Center area in the future.
New water service will be provided to the project site by the Los Angeles County Waterworks District 29 by way of a new 10-inch water line running approximately 3200 linear feet from the intersection of John Tyler and to Malibu Canyon Road connecting to the project site at the northwestern corner of Lot 6, according to a public notice.
The project includes the dedication of land to the city to expand Malibu Bluffs Park by 1.74 acres to the east and northeast. The recreation component has yet to be designed and would not be developed as part of the housing subdivision.
Currently, municipal plans call for using the site for a parking lot for the temporary skate park. The developer and the city have signed an agreement.
For purposes of the EIR, the notice indicates several foreseeable alternative uses for the recreational area will be evaluated as part of the EIR.
The recreational area, as an example, could be used as a baseball or soccer field and a portion of Lot 7 could also be developed with a parking lot resulting in 50 new parking spaces for Bluffs Park, a city-owned maintenance shed and passive recreation uses such as public sitting area and picnic tables, according to the project plan.

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