View Issues Stall Point Condo Plans
BY BILL KOENEKER
The Malibu Planning Commission for the second time continued a hearing to consider an application for the construction of a new, two-story, 4834 square foot, three-unit condominium building on Point Dume.
Associate Planner Joseph Smith explained the commission had reviewed the project in October and was concerned that the project's proposed height of 28 feet could impede private protected views of the Santa Monica Mountains from a neighboring residence.
The matter was continued until the staff could make a primary view determination.
The commission was told last week that a PVD was formally requested by the neighbor and conducted by the staff at the residence's main viewing area located on a patio adjacent to the residence's front entry.
"Based on the analysis obtained in the PVD," Smith wrote in his memo to the planning panel, "The eastern-half of the project blocked a protected view of the Santa Monica Mountains from the neighboring residence."
Smith went on to note, "As such, the eastern-half of the project is required to be reduced to a maximum height of 18 feet in order to preserve a continuous ridgeline and knoll visible from the main viewing area." However, the PVD further determined that the western half of the project would result in view blockage whether or not the project was sited at 18 feet.
"There was blockage and the applicant has to redesign the project," Smith said later, indicating the next hearing date is scheduled for Jan. 17.
Given the subsequent outcome of the PVD, the applicant sought to continue the hearing and meet with the neighbor to discuss a project redesign, according to Smith.
The three-unit condo would be located at 29255 Heathercliff Road. The original plans called for six parking spaces, a subterranean garage, additional onsite parking for four guests, uncovered balconies and patios.
The commission was being asked to grant a conditional use permit for multi-family condominium use within a multi-family zone, a tentative parcel map for approval of the three-unit condo subdivision and a Local Coastal Program amendment to change the parcel's land use and zoning designations from RR-One Acre to MF in order to correct the zoning map discrepancy between the Malibu municipal code zoning map and the LCP land use and zoning map.