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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Four-Year Extension on La Paz Center Permit Being Requested by Developer

• Project Still in Loop at Other Agencies

BY BILL KOENEKER

The Malibu Planning Commission, at its meeting on Monday, April 1, will be asked to extend a coastal development permit and other entitlements for the Malibu La Paz commercial center for four years.
The staff recommendation is for granting the extension for the permits, a Conditional Use Permit to allow construction of a nearly 100,000 square foot commercial office and retail center.
“The applicant has requested a four year extension as this was the original length of time approved by the city council and due to the multiple agencies involved in complying with the conditions of project approval,” wrote city Principal Planner Stefanie Edmondson in a staff report.
“To date, the applicant has been working with the city and Caltrans on traffic mitigation measures and finalizing the wastewater treatment system working drawings. Additional time will be required to implement the traffic mitigation as well as submit the wastewater treatment system application to the State Water Resources Control Board and the California Department of Public Health for review and final permit approval.”
Edmondson indicated the project conditions and the zoning ordinance under which the approval was issued, have not significantly changed. Upon the planning commission’s approval of the time extension request, the approval set forth in the city council resolution will remain valid for four additional years.
In November, 2008 the city council approved two La Paz development entitlements. The first request was the .15 floor area ratio or FAR project for construction of 99,117 square feet of commercial office and retail uses. The second entitlement request was the .20 FAR development agreement project for a 100,000 square foot city complex. The .20 project provided the developer with an additional 12,941 square feet of commercial square footage and allocated 20,000 square feet to the city for a future city hall complex.
The applicant applied for both the .15 and the .20 projects since the .20 FAR entitlement required approval from the California Coastal Commission and could potentially be denied.
The CCC certified the required Local Coastal Program Amendment in June 2010. Subsequently, the .20 project is set to expire June 10, 2014.

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