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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Trancas Center Items on Planning Commission Agenda Next Monday

• Public Will Have Chance to Comment on Aspects of Mall

BY BILL KOENEKER

Two Trancas Country Market shopping center agenda items are scheduled to go before the Malibu Planning Commission at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 1.
The Erewhon Natural Food Market is seeking a Conditional Use Permit to sell beer, wine and distilled spirits for offsite consumption and the request includes a beer and wine tasting area, a deli and a juice bar. The municipal staff is recommending the commission approve the request.
At the same time, the planning staff is recommending the commissioners give their OK to a request by the shopping center contractor to add more lighting than originally was requested for the shopping center parking lot and other locations at the center.
The commissioners will hear a request from Scott Rozier for increases in the previously approved lighting plan at Trancas Country Market that include the addition of 43 pole-mounted lights that vary in height from 12 to 20 feet that would be located throughout the parking lot and pedestrian areas, as well as other site lighting and building mounted lighting, according to a public notice issued by the city’s planning department.
The shopping center is currently under construction and this is the second set of changes, or amendments, to the coastal permit that have been sought.
The staff report indicates that Erewhon will be the sole occupant of the 15,580-square-foot space that was formerly occupied by HOWS market.
Similar to the previous market, Erewhon will sell prepackaged food and alcohol, in addition to groceries, paper goods, and general home supplies, according to the staff report.
“The plans for the proposed market depict the proposed sales area, prepared foods counter, butcher area, juice and tonic bar, alcohol sales area, and a seating area that accommodates 10 people, “ the staff report states.
“The purpose of the 10 seats is to provide customers with an area to consume any of the prepared foods or beverages which are sold by the market,” the staff report goes on to state.
The consumption of alcohol will not be permitted in this seating area or on the shopping center property itself, according to the city’s planners.
“The addition of the 10 seats will be provided by moving the front wall inward to provide an outdoor seating area with a produce/floral sales area. No additional square footage, or floor area, will be added to the project, as moving the front wall inward will essentially reduce the interior square footage,” according to the staff report.
The CUP is required to permit the sale of alcohol, as well as the beer and wine tasting counter area. The applicant has applied for the transfer of the HOWS Type 41 liquor license to the new market.
Currently, Malibu is included on the list of those cities that are under a alcoholic beverage sales license moratorium. Therefore, no new licenses to sell beer and wine for offsite consumption can by issued by the state to businesses within the city.
As a result, any licenses that are ‘new’ to Malibu must actually be existing licenses, which are transferred from another location. The applicant has recently submitted an application to ABC to transfer the previous liquor license that belonged to HOWS, according to the city’s staff report.
Night lighting has become an issue, especially in Malibu Park, because of lights sought by the high school for ball fields and a new proposed parking lot.
The planning commission turned down night lighting for the planned 150-car parking lot.
It is not clear what position the commissioners might take on the shopping center’s plans in light of the staff recommending the commission approve the plans.
Critics of the night lighting point out lighting can result in significant impacts to the night sky.

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