Was any consideration given to the effects the new treatment plant will have on property values for residents across the street?
The proposed facility is likely to improve property values over conditions that exist today. As described above in the response to Question 4, the new wastewater service will replace four aging systems that have chronic odor, and other complaints that affect children and adults, with a safe, reliable, state-of-the-art treatment facility.

While the treatment plant property will be visible from properties across the street, views over the plant site will greatly improve. The unkempt current appearance of the site will be replaced with new onsite buildings that will be architecturally treated with a neutral rural style that is compatible with the site and surrounding area. Equipment has been sited underground whenever possible, and the existing four large white vertical tanks will be removed.

Extensive landscape screening will be used to hide above-ground equipment and the new treatment buildings from views across the street, and will be properly maintained for a neat appearance. The City acknowledges that it will take some time for newly planted foliage to substantially screen the project, but is committed to making the design as compatible as possible with the surrounding area.

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1. Why is the City making property owners connect to the sewer project?
2. What is the scientific basis for implementing this project? How do we know it will work to clean up Malibu Creek and Lagoon?
3. Why is the Winter Canyon property the preferred site for the treatment plant? Why were other sites rejected?
4. How is it safe to locate a treatment plant across the street from a school and dense multifamily development? What other examples are there of treatment plants being sited in this type of location?
5. Was any consideration given to the effects the new treatment plant will have on property values for residents across the street?
6. What are the water quality standards that will be met for treated wastewater that is used for recycling and for dispersal into the lower aquifer that flows to the ocean?
7. Are there airborne pathogens or odors that will leave the treatment plant site and affect the schools / residences across the street?
8. Are there violations in effect for the two other treatment plants- the County-operated plant serving the condominiums and the former plant on the new CCWTF site?
9. Will any parking spaces lost to the injection well installation on Malibu Road be replaced?
10. Does the Phase 1 project include storage for delivery of recycled water to properties for irrigation?
11. Will Phase 2 and 3 property owners have to pay for a 10 million-gallon recycled water storage tank?
12. Will Phase 2 and 3 property owners be paying for infrastructure, including recycled water storage, required for Phase 1?
13. Will Serra Canyon households be charged for use of recycled water? If Serra Canyon does not vote to hook up in Phase 2, will there be any change to the recycled water dispersal plans or constraints fo
14. How far do the Phase 1 collection and distribution systems extend?
15. Serra property owners commissioned a study that shows no impact on Malibu Creek and Malibu Lagoon from these properties. Why is the City requiring them to be in the prohibition zone?
16. What infrastructure will be in the floodplain and how protected is this infrastructure?
17. What happens if there is a major earthquake?
18. What will prevent sewage or treatment chemicals from spilling into the wetlands on the treatment plant site, or flowing under Pacific Coast Hwy, if there is a power outage or a major backup?
19. What about homes that sit below the level of the street, such as in the Malibu Knolls area?