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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Draft EIR for Housing Element Update Now Out

• Affordable Overlay Options Proposed for Two Sites near Point

BY BILL KOENEKER

The City of Malibu has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the 2008-2014 General Plan Housing Element Update.
The 45-day public review comment period began last week and ends on June 28. All comments should be submitted in writing, according to city planners, and directed to Richard Mollica, Associate Planner via email at rmollica@malibucity.org or by mail at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA 90265.
The planning commission is scheduled to hear public input on the DEIR on June 3 at 6:30 p.m.
One of the programs would: “Remove regulatory barriers to affordable housing and housing persons with special needs.”
The policy calls for “amending the Local Coastal Program and the Malibu Municipal Code to permit small licensed residential care facilities (maximum six residents) by-right in all residential zones and larger care facilities (more than six residents) and similar innovative alternative living projects in the Civic Center area subject to a Conditional Use Permit where such projects would be compatible with the surrounding uses.”
However, the core of the document proposes the addition of an overlay zone on three parcels to allow for a residential density up to 25 units per acre.
Two of the three parcels are located near Point Dume and are called city candidate sites one and two, located adjacent to each other at 28517 Pacific Coast Highway and 28401 PCH respectively, according to the DEIR.
The sites front PCH between Ramirez Mesa Road and Zuma View Place and there are condominium complexes that are located off of those streets.
The sites are surrounded by land uses primarily comprised of residential uses including multi-family and rural residential. Another candidate site is located at 23465 Civic Center Way in the city’s Civic Center and is approximately 6.5 miles east of the other two sites. The site is primarily surrounded by commercial, institutional and residential uses.
The first two sites mentioned are 5.8 acres and 3.25 acres respectively and are currently zoned multi-family residential at a density of six units per acre per Malibu’s Local Coastal Program.
The sites are undeveloped with the exception of one single-family residence on each site.
The Civic Center site encompasses 2.3 acres of a larger 15.2-acre site and is currently within the Town Center Overlay District. The site is entirely undeveloped; however, the adjacent lot has been approved for commercial retail and office space development known as the La Paz.
The document would update the housing element to include a program to create a new “Affordable Housing Overlay” district within the General Plan and the LCP.
The AHO designation would allow multi-family residential development at a density of 25 units per acre when affordable housing units are included in the project as well as a density bonus up to 35 percent consistent with state density bonus law.
The AHO can be applied to the three candidate sites to accommodate the city’s required housing needs allocation as determined by the Southern California Association of Governments.
Incentives for development on the three sites include density bonuses up to 35 percent, priority permit processing, modified development standards, administrative support with funding applications and/or fee waivers or deferrals.
The units that the three candidate sites could accommodate under the updated document is 212 units, which just exceeds the minimum number of affordable units required in the city’s mandated quota of 188 units of affordable to very-low and low income families.
The Housing Element Update also includes a number of programs and policies intended to encourage and facilitate the provision of adequate housing for the existing and protected needs of all economic segments of the community, as well as housing for persons with special needs.

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