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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Planning Panelists to Address Makeover of Mid-Malibu Beachfront Inn

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Plans for remodeling a historic motel located in mid- Malibu, the Casa Malibu Inn on the beach, are scheduled to go before the City of Malibu Planning Commission at its meeting on Monday, May 6.
Municipal staff has recommended the planning panel approve a resolution granting a coastal permit, demolition permit and offer to dedicate to allow a less than fifty percent interior and exterior remodel of a legal nonconforming motel.
The items were previously scheduled for a public hearing at the beginning of April, but the matter was continued to May 6 to allow time for the applicant to respond to a comment letter submitted by the California Coastal Commission staff, according to the city’s staff report.
The CCC letter questions the project’s consistency with the intent of the Local Coastal Program policies pertaining to nonconforming structures, protection of lower cost visitor-serving accommodations and for a California State Lands Commission determination to confirm the project does not encroach on sovereign lands.
“The original agenda report and resolution provide substantial evidence that the project complies with the LCP and makes the findings required for approval of the project. However, to address questions about how the remodel complies with the LCP, the applicant met with CCC staff to explain the existing condition of the property and review the details of the project plans and scope of work. Planning staff also clarified to the CCC that project review included input from the Building Safety Division on the scope of the remodel and structural repair plans for the bulkhead and pile foundation,” the staff report goes on to state.
To take care of the lower cost visitor-serving accommodations issue, the applicant has elected to add a voluntary payment “consistent with the provisions found in the Local Implementation Plan and pay $33,801 to be deposited into a fund to be used by the city to subsidize the construction of lower cost overnight facilities in the Malibu Santa Monica Mountains coastal zone.”
Addtionally, the applicant has added an offer to dedicate a public lateral access easement along the shoreline to support protection of public access to the shore, according to the staff report.
The applicant has also initiated the application process with the State Lands Commission by submitting a mean high tide line survey and request for determination.
Studio PCH, LLC, the applicant, which is a Malibu-based architectural and design firm, is asking the commission for the entitlements to allow for a redesign.
The number of rooms would be reduced from 22 to 16.
Plans include the repair and maintenance of the existing bulkhead and pile foundation, replacement of hardscape, new trellises, water features, landscaping, a minor modification for a 50 percent reduction in the front yard setback and a demolition permit.
The property’s ownership is listed as North Broadway Ventures, LLC, which is located at 101 Ygnacio Valley Rd. Ste 320, Walnut Creek, the same address used by many of business magnate and Malibu multi-property owner Larry Ellison’s LLCs. The current valuation of the property, according to several real estate sources, is $20.8 million. The hotel is said to have been built in 1949.
The commission is also being asked to approve an amendment to Starbucks coffee shop’s Conditional Use Permit to allow the Trancas facility to operate until 11 p.m. nightly, instead of operating until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 9 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.
The planning staff is recommending the commission approve the request.
Also on the agenda, the planning commission is scheduled to hear an application from the City of Malibu to establish three-hour parking along Cross Creek Road between Civic Center Way and Pacific Coast Highway that would be in effect seven days a week during business hours from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The restrictions are in place for one year and subject to evaluation.
Also on tap, the planning commission is scheduled 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 will 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 on April 3 and ends on 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.

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