SMC Board Meeting to Discuss Malibu Campus

The planned two-story, 27,500-square-foot Santa Monica College satellite campus will accommodate as many as 210 students and 12 faculty and staff at one time. It will be built on three acres of a nine-acre parcel in the Civic Center.

The Santa Monica College (SMC) Board of Trustees will host a special meeting on Jan. 13 at Malibu City Hall. The meeting agenda includes a hearing to receive input on the proposed SMC Malibu campus and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s substation project in Malibu Civic Center, as well as environmental studies related to the project’s’ construction and operation, according to a press release from Santa Monica College.

The board will vote on three resolutions during the meeting — one to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), a second to take actions needed to approve the project and a third regarding a ground lease agreement with Los Angeles County. 

SMC’s environmental study has been in progress since 2012 when a notice was sent to Malibu households to solicit comments. A draft EIR for the project was published in July 2015, and responses to comments on the initial report have been incorporated into the final draft. 

The satellite campus, expected to open in 2017, will include five classrooms and labs, a community room and offices. Construction will be funded by the $135 million Measure S bond approved by Malibu voters in 2004. 

Wednesday’s meeting will be open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m. To view the full agenda and environmental documents, visit