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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trancas Center Lighting Hearing Is Postponed

• Proposal Including 43 Pole-Mounted Lights to Be Heard Nov. 19

BY BILL KOENEKER

The Malibu Planning Commission at its meeting next week is expected to continue a hearing originally scheduled for a request by contractor Scott Rosier to amend a coastal permit for night lights at the Trancas Country Market.
The staff recommendation is to continue the public hearing to the Nov. 19 regular planning commission meeting. The matter was originally scheduled for an Oct. 1 hearing, but was postponed after the applicant wanted to meet with neighbors, who were beginning to raise concerns about what the developer wanted to do.
According to Tony Dorn, a commercial broker selling space in the center, Erewhon Market, Starbucks, Sea Lily and Malibu Nursery have been joined by soon-to-be tenants Wells Fargo Bank, Pritchett Rapf Real Estate and restaurateur Antonio Alessi from Tra di Noi.
The original request for the shopping center, which is currently under construction, included changes to the previously approved lighting plan to allow the addition of 43 pole mounted lights that vary in height from 12 to 20 feet 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 being remodeled and this is the second set of changes or amendments to the coastal permit that have been requested.
Night lighting has become an issue, especially in Malibu Park, because of lights approved for the high school sports field and proposed for a new parking lot.
The planning commission turned down night lighting for the planned 150-car parking lot.
Even more controversial is the field lighting installed at the football football field last week at nearby Malibu Park.
The MHS field lighting was not heard by the planning commission, but was approved by the city council, instead.
Critics of the both night lighting plans point out that the requested lighting, when considered cumulatively, would result in significant negitive impacts to the night sky that cannot be fully mitigated.

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