Malibu Bluffs Parkland Project

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, skate park, 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.

On February 21, 2017 the Parks and Recreation Commissions reviewed a revised conceptual design for the Bluffs Parkland and sent a recommendation to City Council that the design should incorporate the aquatic center into the eastern area and the dog park into the western area, while making the park as regionally serving as possible and limiting the amount of the project that encroaches into the ESHA buffer zone. 

On February 27, 2017 City Council directed staff to bring back an item with a cost assessment of geological and geotechnical studies needed for the western and central area of Malibu Bluffs Park, and a cost assessment for an environmental impact report for the revised Malibu Bluffs Park Plan, including an aquatic center in the east area.

On September 11, 2017 City Council authorized the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Geological Study and Geotechnical Study for the Bluffs Parkland project.

Scoping meetings for the Bluffs Parkland project will be scheduled and conducted in Spring 2018.

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
Designs Posted on City Website/Online Survey Preparation
January 2016
Community Online Survey
Community Design Workshop
February - April
Master Plan Preparation
Parks and Recreation Commission Master Plan Preparation
September 2016
City Council Master Plan Review
January 2018
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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