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Rancho Malibu Memorial Park & Chapel

Project Overview
On April 28, 2015, the applicant, Bruce McBride on behalf of the property owner, Green Acres, LLC, filed a coastal development permit application to develop the Rancho Malibu Memorial Park and Chapel Project (proposed project), located on the former Rancho Malibu Hotel Project site, 4000 Malibu Canyon Road (APNs 4458-030-007, 4458-028-015, and 4458-028-019). The proposed project consists of a chapel, subterranean parking, and cemetery with 48 freestanding mausoleum structures totaling approximately 9,000 square feet, approximately 36,000 burial plot spaces intermittently located throughout the property, surface guest parking lot, and walking trails on approximately 21 acres of the 27.8 acre site. The 28-foot in height chapel building consists of a 6,673 square foot main level, and 9,348 square foot subterranean garage and basement located in the center of the project site. Visitor access will be provided by a system of pedestrian and golf cart trails used to access the individual mausoleums and burial plots. A sloping waterfall would mark the primary entrance from Malibu Canyon Rd, with an additional water feature in the median of the entry driveway.

Project plans are available for review at City Hall during business hours by visiting the Planning public counter or you may schedule an appointment during business hours by calling 310-456-2489, ext. 284.

Public Comment / Public Hearing 
The proposed project is currently under review. Public comments may be submitted at anytime to the Case Planner (by email Adrian Fernandez or 310-456-2489 ext. 482). When staff has determined the type of environmental review required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the public comment period and public hearing dates information will be added to this webpage.

Artist Rendering of Rancho Malibu Memorial Park

Previous Project Background

The project site was previously proposed as the Rancho Malibu Hotel project. The 2011 CDP application included a 274,775 square-foot hotel complex, with 146 rooms, a spa, swimming pool, bar, and ballroom, as well as meeting room facilities, and retail and restaurant uses. A proposed four-level, 543-space parking structure included three levels of subterranean parking and one ground level parking lot.

A Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was released for the Rancho Malibu Hotel Project in October 2013, and a public hearing before the Planning Commission was held to receive public comment on November 18, 2013. A Final EIR was not prepared for the project since the application was withdrawn in September 2015 when the project applicant proposed that the subject memorial park and cemetery be developed on the project site in place of the hotel project.

A detailed history of the hotel project entitlements and environmental review is provided in the
Staff Memorandum dated 2012. It should be noted that the memorandum has not been updated since 2012. The Coastal Commission-issued permit noted in the memorandum has since expired. 

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Contact Us
Adrian Fernandez
Senior Planner
Ph: 310-456-2489, ext. 482

23825 Stuart Ranch Road
Malibu, CA 90265

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