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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Planning Commission Looks at Redo Plans for Joint Malibu Campus

• More Lighting Controversy Ahead

BY BILL KOENEKER

The Malibu Planning Commission is scheduled to consider an application by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to redevelop portions of the Malibu Middle and High School campus at its meeting next week on Aug. 7.
The Draft Environmental Impact Report prepared for the proposal acknowledges that the project would not be able to avoid adverse impacts related to increased sky-glow and construction air quality.
The school district wants to redevelop portions of the MMHS campus with a new classroom/ library/administration building totaling 20,274 square feet at the middle and high school Malibu campus.
Plans call for a new 150-space unlit parking lot, a reconfigured 119-space lighted parking lot with an onsite roundabout, and a reconfigured 61-space lighted parking lot.
The city’s planning staff is recommending approval of a coastal permit, conditional use permit, three variances, site plan review, minor modification and demolition permit.
The proposal calls for two new unlit tennis courts, new outdoor common areas, new fencing, landscaping and grading, relocated equestrian trail, upgrades to the onsite wastewater treatment system and drainage and renovation of existing infrastructure.
The CUP is for operation of a public educational institution and the expansion of more than 500 square feet in that zone.
Variances are sought for grading in excess of 1000 cubic yards, and constructing structures on 2.5 to one slopes and impermeable coverage over 25,000 square feet and a demolition permit for the demolition of the existing administration and library buildings, according to a public notice.
The school district, which is the lead agency issued a Draft Environmental Impact Report last fall.
The DEIR describes the project as  approximately 76,694 square feet of new construction, some of it replacement building since 15,041 square feet of old buildings are earmarked for demolition while other building will be upgraded or renovated, according to a school district notice.
Building plans include one new two-story building for classrooms, library and administrative offices uses, outdoor space, rooftop garden and the renovation of the existing building E.
New staff and student parking for a proposed 150-space parking lot located adjacent to the existing school’s athletic field is also on tap.
School district documents indicate the proposal also calls for separating middle school from the high school by devoting building E solely to the high school, while middle school classrooms would be provided in the replacement classroom/ library/administration building.
A new student drop-off and pick-up lane would be placed along Morning View Drive in front of the replacement building.
The environmental documents indicate the proposal would result “in significant and unavoidable adverse impacts related to increased sky-glow and construction air quality.”
School officials conducted a community presentation on the plans and the DEIR last month.
Hard copies of the DEIR can be found at school district offices, Malibu City Hall, Malibu Middle School and High School Library, Malibu Public Library and at the SMMUSD website at www.smmusd.com
The planning commission agenda can be found on the city’s website

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