This story has been revised. See Editor’s Note below.
A long-anticipated draft environmental report on plans to construct a Whole Foods in Malibu’s Civic Center is slated to be published on Thurs., Feb. 5.
Developer Steve Soboroff is fronting the 38,425-square-foot Whole Foods and the Park Shopping Center Project on a site at Cross Creek Road and Civic Center Way.
The draft environmental impact report (EIR) should contain analysis of projected environmental, aesthetic, traffic, biological, land use, noise and water quality impacts that may result from the new development.
The Whole Foods store would occupy 24,549 square feet and four other commercial buildings would make up a combined 13,876 square feet. Plans also allot for 221 parking stalls. Approximately 64,042 square feet of the project site is set aside for open space, according to the City of Malibu.
“Where applicable, the draft EIR has provided mitigation measures that would help reduce the level of impacts generated by the proposed project,” according to an announcement from the City of Malibu that appears on page B6 of this week’s Malibu Times.
The announcement also states that the project would have significant impacts on trees and nesting birds, geologic activity, water quality, noise and transportation/traffic.
“However, the draft EIR presents mitigation measures that would mitigate all of these impacts to a level of insignificance, except for the construction noise impacts,” the city announced.
A 45-day public comment period begins on Feb. 5 and runs until Monday, March 23. A public hearing will take place at the Malibu Planning Commission Meeting on Monday, March 2.
The full draft EIR will be available online at malibucity.org, and in print at Malibu City Hall and Malibu Library. Comments should be submitted to contract city planner Jasch Janowicz via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or addressed to Janowizc at City of Malibu – Planning Department, 23825 Stuart Ranch Rd., Malibu, CA, 90265.
Editor’s Note: This story originally stated a public hearing would take place March 23. The correct date is March 2.