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Malibu Bluffs Parkland Project
Parkland Design

Project Description
The Malibu Bluffs Parkland project involves developing a Park Master Plan and an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for 83 acres of undeveloped open space and 10 acres of developed park space.

Project Overview

After completing an extensive community outreach program, initial design priorities were established (trails, athletic fields, playgrounds, aquatic facility, community center, skatepark, parking, amphitheater and dog park) and presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission at a Special meeting on September 1, 2015. Subsequently, the list of park amenities was reviewed and amended to add a dog park, as suggested by the Commission. The Commission recommended the amended list of design priorities to the City Council for final approval. 

On October 12, 2015, the City Council approved the recommended list of design priorities. Based on the approved amenities, the design consultant prepared three park design alternatives for public review and comment. Following the public review period, the Parks and Recreation Commission identified a preferred plan (shown above) as the basis of the Malibu Bluffs Regional Park Master Plan.

The next step is to finalize setbacks and explore mitigation opportunities through the California Coastal Commission as related to environmentally sensitive habitat areas (ESHA) within the park site. Final approval must also be obtained from the Los Angeles County Fire Department to ensure the project is in compliance with fuel modification requirements. Based on those outcomes, the design consultant will prepare a park master plan for final approval by the Malibu City Council.

Project Site 

The Malibu Bluffs Parkland property (Parkland) encompasses 83 acres of undeveloped open space adjacent to Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), and directly south of Pepperdine University. Master planning for the project will also include 10 acres that make up Malibu Bluffs Park, and 1.75 acres of vacant land known as the Crummer Property.

Project Schedule

 November 2015  Schematic Design Preparation
 December  Designs Posted on City Website/Online Survey Preparation
 January 2016  Community Online Survey
 February  Community Design Workshop
 February - April  Master Plan Preparation
 April  Parks and Recreation Commission Master Plan Presentation
September 2016 City Council Master Plan Review and Approval 
September Prepare Documents for EIR 

In 2013, the City Council approved a five-year land use agreement with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, transferring maintenance and operations responsibilities for 525 acres of the City-owned Charmlee Wilderness Park for approximately 83 acres of open space adjacent to the City’s Malibu Bluffs Park. The Agreement allows the City access to the property in order to assess the feasibility of developing recreational facilities on the site.

Community Outreach
The community outreach and public input process is integral to the park planning and design process. The purpose of community outreach and public participation is to ensure active public involvement in addressing priority issues and concerns associated with the project and to solicit community comment on how the park should be designed to meet the needs of the community.

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Contact Us
Brittany Saleaumua
Administrative Assistant
310-456-2489, ext. 349
City of Malibu