Project Update: Malibu Modern Ranch – Here comes the sun…

At the beginning of every project, we create a workplan and set our design goals (#aggressiverealists).  When applying for a Coastal Development Permit (CDP) in Malibu, we know that the project timeline will take at LEAST 9 months and more likely a whole year.  Sometimes, its difficult to explain to our Clients why the process takes so long, but in short there are a lot of hoops to jump through…  Take for instance our most recently approved project, the Malibu Modern Ranch, which took almost three years!

MALIBU MODERN RANCH TIMELINE
YEAR MONTH DATE MILESTONE
2014 October 10/2/2014 Project Contract Executed
10/20/2014 Meeting with a Senior City Planner to review Site Constraints – Due diligence is important
November 11/18/2017 Meeting with a Senior City Planner to review Conceptual Design Package – Due Dilligance – Good to GO – NO ESHA

City Biologist determines no ESHA

December 12/12/2014 Archeology report completed – No significant Cultural Resources Found
2015 January  Design, Design, Design
February 2/10/2015 Planning Submittal
March 3/19/2015 City Response – Letter of Incomplete
3/26/2015 The battle begins.  ESHA or no ESHA, that is the question.

City Planner overrules City Biologist.  #eyeballit

April  Meet with the city staff to review the Letter of Incompleteness

#letsbeonthesamepage

May  Team meeting to  review previous Coastal Development Approval (when the city of Malibu wasn’t a city) for a lot split and building pads…

look, no ESHA

Let’s show the city.

June Hayne estimate for Public Hearing… #notsoaggressive
July  Fingers Crossed…
August  Fingers and Toes Crossed…
September  City Reviews the documents and determines that the Old Permits are null and void…  Only a full Biology report can show that ESHA does not exist on the site. #OMG
October 10/12/2015 Let’s get a Biologist!
10/23/2015 Architecture Design Package sent to Biology Consultant
November 11/1/2015 Biological Resources Assessment Preliminary Report – 56 pages
December
2016 January
February 2/1/2016 Biological Resources Assessment complete – 90 page report = No ESHA
March
April 4/5/2016 Planning Resubmittal
May
June 6/16/2016 Fire Access Approved #MyManMiles
July
August 8/12/2016 City Response – 2nd Letter of Incomplete – Ok, so there is no ESHA… but… we still think you should protect some plants at the bottom of the hill #poisonoak
September 9/26/2016 Planning Resubmittal – Let’s add a “fire wall”… Don’t know what a fire wall is… #GOOGLE
October
November 11/30/2016 City Response – 3rd Letter of Incomplete – We want story poles for the garden gazebo.
December 12/12/2016 Landscape & Fuel Modification plans approved
12/5/2016 Planning Resubmittal with a Story Pole Plan of the gazebo. #askandthoushallreceive
2017 January 1/5/2017 Project Deemed Complete
1/27/2017 Story Poles intalled
February  Just waiting on a hearing…
March  Still waiting…
April 4/11/2017 WTF why is there no hearing scheduled?  Planner on Paternity Leave and City doesn’t want to assign a different  planner.  And so we must wait.
May  Steam coming from ears…
June  Full head explosion!
July 7/17/2017 FINALLY! Planning Commission Hearing – Administrative Permit  – Commissioners vote to continue the Project for a Full Coastal Development Permit Hearing.
August 8/21/2017 Planning Commision Hearing (AGAIN)- Project Approved with a 10 Day Appeal Period
8/31/2017 Planning Resolution & Conditions of Approval finalized.  SUCCESS!
September
October 10/2/2017 3 Year Anniversary
November
December

#nevergiveup #neversurrender