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City Manager Updates Friday, November 15, 2019

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November 15, 2019



Woolsey Fire Rebuilding Town Hall Meeting

The City of Malibu will hold a Woolsey Fire Rebuilding Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, November 23 at City Hall to offer resources and assistance to help residents advance their post-Woolsey Fire home rebuilding projects, answer questions and share information about important upcoming changes to the Building Code.

The meeting will be led by Malibu’s recently appointed Environmental Sustainability Department Director and Building Official Yolanda Bundy, who is spearheading the City’s rebuilding efforts. Bundy will discuss the updates to the California Building Code that will affect home rebuilding projects in Malibu starting January 1, 2020.  


The City Council approved several measures to assist fire victims with rebuilding. There are important timelines to pay attention to. Please contact the Fire Rebuild Team to talk about any questions or concerns you have.

  • Like-for-like and like-for-like +10% fee waivers – City Council approved refunds and fee waivers through June 30, 2020. See FAQs.
  • Rebuilding non-conforming structures – To rebuild non-conforming homes and structures without having to bring the structure into compliance or seek variances, property owners must apply with the Planning Department by November 8, 2020. Extensions may be requested. Contact the Fire Rebuild team for details.


The fire rebuild team is available for complimentary one-on-one consultations about any fire rebuild project. Contact Aundrea Cruz at to set an appointment or drop by City Hall and a team member will meet with you as soon as possible. For ideas about how to get started with your project, visit the Rebuild Page, where you can view rebuild options and find all related forms and handouts.


New homes under construction will be required to submit a Height Survey Certification at framing inspection in order to verify City-approved heights.


The City's Woolsey Fire rebuild statistics web portal shows rebuilding progress.


The City of Malibu reached a $13.7 million settlement with Southern California Edison (SCE) to resolve wildfire claims resulting from the November 2018 Woolsey Fire. Read the full press release

Community Wildfire Protection Plan

On Thursday, November 14, City staff participated in a kick-off meeting with consultant group Jensen Hughes who will be developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan for the City. The completed plan will provide recommended action items at the neighborhood level to reduce the fire risk. Having a Community Wildfire Protection Plan also increases the City’s ability to obtain grants to implement parts of the plan. Two workshops to gain feedback from the community will be held in February 2020.

Malibu CERT Team

The Malibu CERT Team will be holding its monthly meeting on Saturday, November 16th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at City Hall. Graduates of the CERT program who are interested in becoming part of the Malibu CERT Team are welcome to attend.


City Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, December 3, 5:00 PM at City Hall to consider an ordinance to regulate short-term rentals. This meeting is the result of direction given by the Council on Monday, October 28, where staff was directed to return with an ordinance similar to that presented on September 26, 2018, in order to create some regulatory tools in the Municipal Code, and, in the meantime, concurrently initiate and process a Local Coastal Program (LCP) Amendment. The LCP Amendment would be substantially similar to the regulations recently enacted by the City of Santa Monica for “hosted” short-term rentals in which the property owner is required to be onsite at the time of the rental.


An ordinance to ban anticoagulant rodenticides is scheduled for City Council consideration on Monday, December 9.


On Monday, November 4, the Planning Commission approved a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) to allow for the installation of a gate (with automatic open/closure) and alligator teeth to prevent use of the Point Dume Headlands Park parking area between sunset and sunrise, consistent with current parking limits. The CDP is appealable to the Coastal Commission, which had sent an objection letter prior to the Planning Commission’s approval.


A public hearing originally scheduled for the Monday, November 18, Planning Commission meeting will be rescheduled for a meeting in January, 2020. The developer is proposing minor amendments to the previously approved La Paz project, including changes to the layout, landscaping, and design of the buildings that were previously approved by the City, with no increase in gross floor area.


On Monday, November 18, the Planning Commission will consider an ordinance to foster more fire resistant landscapes. Review the item here.


On Monday, November 12, the City Council approved an amendment to the Municipal Code that will make it possible for City Code Enforcement to use the same tools to address violations of the LCP that are currently available for violations of the Municipal Code. The ordinance is scheduled for second reading and adoption on November 25. The ordinance will greatly assist Code Enforcement with protection of the City’s coastal environment.


On Monday, November 25, the City Council will consider an appeal on the proposed new swimming pool and offsite parking project at the Malibu Beach Inn. The Planning Commission denied the project on April 15, 2019, and the property owner has appealed. The project is appealable to the Coastal Commission.


On Monday, November 25, the City Council will consider a zoning text amendment to facilitate processing a temporary use permit to accommodate offsite parking displaced by temporary construction. On October 21, the Planning Commission voted to recommend that the Council adopt the ZTA with amendments.


On Monday, November 25, the City Council will consider an LCP amendment that would facilitate the City’s Westward Beach Public Access Improvements project. On October 21, the Planning Commission voted to recommend that the Council adopt the LCP with amendments. If adopted, the LCP amendment will require certification by the Coastal Commission.

Skate Park Update to City Council

Staff presented an update to the City Council regarding the temporary and permanent skate parks at the Crummer/Case property adjacent to Malibu Bluffs Park. The City Council reviewed a preliminary layout of the Temporary Skate Park and approved the release of the Design RFP for the Permanent Skate Park. To watch the presentation and hear the City Council’s discussion, please visit the City of Malibu website.

Guardrail Replacement Project

The Guardrail Replacement Project consists of replacement of the damaged guardrails from the Woolsey Fire at various locations within the City.

  • Locations:
    • Encinal Canyon (between Avenida Del Mar to Avenida De La Encinal)
    • Birdview Avenue (between Westward Beach Road to Bluewater Road)
    • Wildlife Road (between Zumirez Drive to Selfridge Street)
    • Latigo Canyon (between PCH to Ocean View Drive)
    • Corral Canyon (PCH to Seabreeze Drive)

The project is currently on hold pending approval of requested change orders from the County of Los Angeles.

Caltrans Resurfacing on PCH

This Caltrans resurfacing project consists of conducting pavement repairs and applying a slurry seal treatment on PCH from Trancas Canyon Road to the Ventura County Line. For the next few weeks, the Caltrans contractor will be performing pavement repairs from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am. During this time, one travel lane will be closed.

Big Rock Mesa Landslide Assessment District

Staff and Fugro, the Big Rock Mesa Landslide Assessment District, met with property owners and provided a quarterly report. Fugro recently replaced a dewatering well on Piedra Chica Road. This dewatering well is now back online and functioning. When the well was out of service, Fugro continued to monitor the ground water levels in the neighborhood. Fugro did not find any significant ground water level increase when the well was out.


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