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Commission reschedules meeting, public hearing

Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
10:01 am PST February 18, 2014

Due to advanced notice that the Planning Commission would not meet quorum at the Tuesday, Feb. 18 meeting, the previously scheduled meeting and its agenda items were continued until March 3.

Among those items was a public hearing for a Local Coastal Program Amendment that is anticipated to pave the legal way for a wastewater treatment facility that will service the Malibu Civic
Center area by November 2015.

But because of logistical concerns regarding the completion of the project’s Coastal Development Permit and Environmental Impact Report, Planning Director Joyce Parker-Bozylinski said her department would recommend the Planning Commission “to continue the public hearing until a date uncertain” for the LCPA at the March 3 meeting.

“That basically means to take it off the agenda,” she said. “The other option is that we can keep continuing this until it [the progress of the CDP and EIR] catches up, but our
belief is that if you keep continuing something over and over, people forget about it and lose interest in it.

“Because we are now going to wait for the CDP for the plant and the EIR to catch-up, we’re putting the LCPA – for lack of a better word – on hold until we’ve finished the work on the costal development permit and the EIR, and then we’ll take all three items at the same time,” she said.

The Malibu Civic Center Wastewater Treatment Facility is a project born out of necessity created by a prohibition of septic tanks and onsite water treatment facilities by the Los
Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board in 2009.

Local water pollution was largely attributed to wastewater from these systems that was seeping into the ocean and Malibu
Lagoon, creating the basis for the Regional Board’s ban.

The next Planning Commission meeting will occur at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 3, in the Malibu City Hall Council Chambers, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu. For more information, call (310) 456-2489.