Court denies Coastal Commission hearing on land use regulations

The California Supreme Court denied a hearing Thursday to review a decision that ruled against the California Coastal Commission’s attempt to drastically change land use regulations in Malibu.

The denial of the petition upholds last year’s California Appellate Court decision which said the Coastal Commission was exercising too much power in its 2009 local coastal program amendment to “accommodate the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy/Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority’s proposed ‘Malibu Parks Public Access Enhancement Plan,'” according to a City of Malibu press release.

Had the LCP been implemented, the SMMC/MRCA would have been given special privileges for developing whatever land it owns in Malibu, including a controversial plan to build overnight camp sites at Malibu Bluffs Park.

“We are pleased that the Court has held the Coastal Commission to limits of its authority. This case was always about local control and Malibu will never stop defending its right to local control,” Mayor Lou La Monte said in the press release.

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