Environmental Documents & Notices


State law (California Environmental Quality Act) requires that all cities evaluate and consider the potential effect on the environment of projects they undertake directly, such as a capital works project, or for a private entity where the City approves an application.

If the City determines the project may have a significant effect on the environment, the City must prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR):

  • Describing the effect of the project on the environment
  • Suggesting "mitigation measures" to reduce the effect
  • Evaluating alternatives to the project which may have less effect on the environment

If the City determines the project will not have a significant effect on the environment, a (Mitigated) Negative Declaration is prepared stating the reasons why the project will not have a significant effect and suggested mitigation measures.

The EIR or (Mitigated) Negative Declaration must be certified or adopted by the City’s decision-making body. Before the document is certified or approved, the City must:

  • Provide a draft copy for public review
  • Include comments that the City received on the draft, and the City’s response to them

Resources

California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines and Statutes
Planning Director Memorandum to Planning Commission

PUBLIC REVIEW

(Mitigated) Negative Declarations and EIRs that are subject to a public review  / comment period. 

malibu middle & High school campus project

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is proposing the Malibu Middle & High School Campus Specific Plan and Local Coastal Program Amendment Project. For more information about upcoming public meetings, how to comment on environmental documents, please visit the project web page

Trancas creek bridge replacement project

Caltrans is proposed to replace the existing bridge. For information about this project and the environmental document, visit the project web page

Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue Project

The City of Malibu Planning Department has Issued Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue project.  The public comment period on the environmental document was from February 20, 2020 through March 20, 2020. For a complete project description, to review the environmental document, and instructions on how to submit comments, please review the Notice of Intent and Initial Study. For information regarding a public hearing date, please contact the Case Planner as indicated on Notice of Intent. 

MRCA Coastal Accessways public works plan

The Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA) is proposing a Malibu Coastal Access Public Works Plan (PWP) for public beach accessways in Malibu. The PWP includes 17 publicly-owned sites along the coast in the City (See Initial Study Table 1-List of Project Sites). The City is currently processing Coastal Development Permits for several of these projects. In response to a Notice of Preparation of an Environmental  Impact Report prepared by MRCA, the City submitted a comment letter. For additional project information and to review the environmental documents, visit the MRCA project web page.

Escondido Canyon Park to Murphy Way Connector Project 

The Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA) Draft Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed trail project (CDP No. 16-074) public review and comment period ended April 4, 2019. The Initial Study and its appendices can be viewed online: 

Lechuza Beach Public Access Improvements Project

The Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA) Draft Initial Study and Negative Declaration public review period for this project ended February 24, 2019. The initial study and its appendices can be viewed online: 

MRCA Planning Documents - Lechuza Beach Public Access Improvements

Seaboard Road Extension Project

Visit the Seaboard Road Extension project webpage for updates on the EIR.