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Malibu Memorial Park

Project Update:
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, April 17, 2017, to consider the project.  See the public hearing notice for details.

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 Malibu Memorial Park 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 Malibu Memorial Park Project (proposed project) consists of a chapel, 176 parking spaces, 47 freestanding mausoleum structures with a total square footage of 9,400, approximately 28,265 in-ground burial plot spaces intermittently located throughout the property, 3,644 interments in above grade wall crypt structures and approximately 65,036 square feet of walking trails on approximately 21.0 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 Road, with an additional water feature in the median of the entry driveway. The project is located in the Commercial Visitor Serving-2 zoning district. The complete project description is provided in the Initial Study.

Public Comment / Public Hearing 
The Planning Commission will consider the project on Monday, April 17, 2017. See the public hearing notice for details. Please submit comments to the Commission's Recording Secretary, Kathleen Stecko, at . For more information contact Kathleen Stecko at 310-456-2489 ext. 374.

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.

CEQA - Initial Study
The City of Malibu has published a Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed project. The City has completed an Initial Study which will be circulated for a 30-day review period - November 14, 2016 through December 14, 2016. Written comments will be received by the Planning Department until 5:30 pm on the ending date of the public review period. 

Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration
Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration
Proposed Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program

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
Bonnie Blue, AICP
Planning Director
Ph: 310-456-2489, ext. 258

23825 Stuart Ranch Road
Malibu, CA 90265

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