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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Trancas Center Reviewed

• Master Plan and Landscaping  Need OK

BY BILL KOENEKER

The Malibu Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Monday, June 3 to consider an application for a master sign plan for the Trancas Country Market.
The planning panel is also being asked to  consider changes to the previously approved landscaping plan.
In previous notices announcing a hearing before the commissioners, a request for amending the lighting plan was also noticed, but no application for amending the lighting plan is included for the June hearing.
Some activists have called on the city to not consider the shopping center’s plans in a piecemeal fashion.
Zuma Beach Properties LLC, an entity controlled by Wal-Mart heiress Paige Laurie Dubbert and husband Bo, owner of the west Malibu center, which is still under construction, has attempted to return to the city chambers several times for amendments and changes to previously approved plans.
Current construction at the site makes fairly visible now to residents and visitors as to what the shopping center will look like while the framing and sheathing are in progress.
Several weeks ago, the Trancas Starbucks sought changes to is summer hours, but commissioners tied approval of the change of closing hours to completion of a right-hand turn lane at the shopping center.
It appeared the commissioners were either swayed by activists or wanted to send their own message about how they wanted to view the progress of the rest of the construction as it proceeds at the west Malibu location.
That may explain why the Dubberts have hired a well-known Los Angeles attorney Claire Bronowski, who has years of experience in planning matters, to act on their behalf and steer the application through the approval process.

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