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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

DEIR Released for ‘Crummer Site’ Subdivision Next to Bluffs Park


Municipal officials announced this week that the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the so-called Crummer Site subdivision located on Malibu Bluffs is available for public review.
The proposal consists of a subdividing the bluff top acreage into seven individual lots. Lots one through five would be developed with single-family residences and various accessory structures.
Lot six would be developed with a private gated street, a gatehouse, an onsite wastewater treatment system plant, landscaping and open space to be owned and maintained by the homeowners association, according to the city’s public notice.
Lot seven would be dedicated to the city for active and passive recreational use.
Plans call for each of the five single-family residences to be two stories tall with a maximum height of 28 feet, and would include a basements, attached garage, swimming pools and spas, fountains, vehicle gates, fencing, landscaping and hardscape.
Lot one includes a detached guesthouse. Lot two includes a detached gym.  Lots three and five include a detached cabana and guesthouse and lot four includes a detached cabana.
Each home would have a wastewater septic tank, which would route wastewater to the OWTS plant.
The proposed private street provides access to the single-family homes. The private gated street is planned to be 34 feet wide and terminate in a cul-de-sac, which would serve as a fire department turnaround and would be accessible from Winter Mesa Drive. The gatehouse would measure about 280 square feet, 16 feet in height at its highest point and could include an office  and a bathroom.
The proposed residential subdivision would require an extension of water service. A water line is planned for installation near the existing line near the intersection of Malibu Canyon Road and Malibu Knolls Road, approximately 2000 feet north of the project site.
The proposed extension of the water line would be installed along Malibu Canyon Road. “Due to the curvature of the roadway, this would require the installation of approximately 3200 feet of water line,” the notice states.
The dedication of lot 7 to the city could be used to expand the portion of Bluffs Park owned by the municipality by 1.7 acres. The city’s park currently has two baseball fields, a multipurpose field, the Michael Landon Center, picnic benches, viewing areas and an 81-space parking lot.
Despite dedication to the city, no recreational improvements would be permitted as part of the applicant’s current proposal, the land dedication is intended to expand Malibu Bluffs Park, according to city planners.
“Therefore, active recreation areas, passive recreation areas, and an expanded parking lot are all foreseeable future uses,” planners stated. “At this time the city believes that the recreational area may be used as a baseball field or a skate park. As such, these recreational uses are evaluated in the DEIR.”
The review period begins April 3 and ends on May 20.The DEIR will be circulated for those 45 days. Written comments will be received by the city planning department until the end of the business day on May 20.
Printed versions are available at Malibu City Hall and the Malibu Library. The DEIR can also be found on the city’s website at A public hearing date has not yet been scheduled.
The purpose of the review “is to allow public agencies and interested members of the public the opportunity to share expertise, disclose agency analysis, check for accuracy, detect omissions, discover public concerns and solicit counter proposals.”

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