The City of Malibu is preparing an EIR for a major hotel project at the end of Malibu Canyon Road where it joins Pacific Coast Highway. The City has scheduled a scoping meeting on the scope and content of the EIR on Wednesday, May 16th at 6:30 pm in the Multi-purpose Room at Malibu City Hall, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road.

The project, known as the Rancho Malibu Hotel, consists of  275,000 square feet of development on 27.8 acres, consisting of a 146 room luxury hotel resort a main hotel, 21 detached two-story casitas, retail shops, lobby bar, library, ballrooms, meeting rooms, fitness center and spa. The project will include 543 parking spaces, most of them to be located in a 166,827 square foot underground parking structure. 189,760 cubic yards of earth will be exported from the site.

The Civic Center area of Malibu is not served by a sewer system, so each individual project is supposed to provide its own onsite wastewater treatment system (OWTS).

On November 5, 2009, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board prohibited onsite wastewater disposal systems in the Malibu Civic Center area except for those identified in the Table 4-zz list. The Rancho Malibu Hotel project is within the Malibu Civic Center area but was not originally included in the Table 4-zz list, although the developer has made a request to the RWQCB suggesting that it should have been. The City is proposing an alternative construction of a new state of the art water treatment facility to handle wastewater from the Civic Center area.

The applicant for the Rancho Malibu Hotel Project listed in the City’s Notice of Preparation is attorney:  Fred Gaines, Green Acres, LLC, P.O. Box 6528, Malibu, CA 90264.

Mr. Gaines is a City of Calabasas Councilmember and the Mayor Pro Tem. More to come on this project…