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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Input Sought on Crummer DEIR

• Planning Panel Invites Open Comment

BY BILL KOENEKER

The Malibu Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on May 6 at Malibu City Hall to hear comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report prepared for the Crummer Site Subdivision.
Planners stress the public hearing is to allow public comments on the DEIR only.
“The development application itself and associated amendments to the zoning code and Local Coastal Program will not be discussed and no action will be taken on the Draft EIR or the development application. The public review period for the Draft EIR extends until May 20, 2013,” states a public notice.
The comments received at the public hearing or in writing wil be responded to in writing and included in the Final EIR, according to the city’s planning department. At this time, a planning commission public hearing date has not been scheduled to consider the Final EIR, entitlements and associated amendments, planners said.
The DEIR is being circulated for a 45-day review period, which started April 3 and ends May 20.
The project site is a 24-acre parcel atop a bluff with steep slopes descending to the south and east. Malibu Bluffs Park borders the project site to the west. PCH borders the site to the north and a privately owned parcel borders the site to the east. Winter Mesa Drive, a small road connecting PCH to Malibu Bluffs Park, provides access to the project site.
The developer wants to build five homes with lot six developed as a private gated street, gatehouse, onsite wastewater treatment package plant, landscaping, open space to be owned and maintained by the homeowners association. Lot seven would be dedicated to the city for active and passive recreation use.
“At this time the city believes that the recreational area may be used as a baseball field or a skate park. Therefore, these uses are evaluated in this Draft EIR,” the document states.
Three project alternatives were identified and analyzed in detail for the relative impacts to the proposed project. The two-story with skate park only alternative, one- story homes with skate park or baseball field, and no project foreseeable development alternative.
The two-story homes with skate park only alternative “would eliminate the significant and unavoidable traffic impact. It would also reduce parking demand impacts and operational noise impacts,” the DEIR concludes.
The one-story homes with skate park or baseball field alternative “would reduce the maximum building height of the residential structures from 28 feet to 18 feet. The building square footages would remain the approximately the same for each unit, as would the lot sizes.”
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 basement, attached garage, swimming pool and spa, fountains, vehicle entry gate, 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, according to planners.
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.

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