Update on California Coastal Commission Concerns About Woolsey Rebuild Option 4
The City is aware of concerns expressed by the California Coastal Commission (CCC) regarding Woolsey Fire “Rebuild Option 4,” and is working on a response to the Commission.
The CCC recently contacted the City stating that it considered the City’s “Rebuild Option No. 4” to be inconsistent with the City’s Local Coastal Program (LCP), and requested that the City remove the Option from the City’s Rebuild Website, www.MalibuRebuilds.org, until the matter is resolved.
Option 4 consists of a Planning Verification Woolsey Fire (PVWF) approval for in-kind plus 10% rebuild of the destroyed structure with a subsequent Administrative Plan Review Woolsey Fire (APRWF) application or APRWF with Site Plan Review to add more than 10% square footage, for properties located outside of the appeal jurisdiction of the CCC.
The City is currently working with CCC to gain clarification on the relevant policies and processes that apply, and will bring the findings to the City Council for review.
Accordingly, out of an abundance of caution the City has removed Option 4 from the City’s Rebuild Website, www.MalibuRebuilds.org, per the CCC’s request and has put all pending APRWF approvals on hold until this matter is resolved. Staff is working with fire victims to keep them informed and to provide any assistance they might need.
The City wishes to assure those who are going through a fire rebuild that this latest development will not diminish the City’s priority on the fire rebuild efforts. The City of Malibu is committed to the Woolsey Fire rebuild effort, and is doing everything possible to help those whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the fire to rebuild, recover and get back in their homes. Anyone working on a rebuild project with questions or concerns about how this may affect their project is encouraged to contact the Rebuild Team for one-on-one assistance at 310-456-2489, ext. 385 or Ashah@malibucity.org.