MALIBU GENERAL PLAN - Introduction Malibu, California is my...

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Introduction Malibu, California is my hometown. When I moved to Malibu when I was six years old, I remember thinking how much more rural and remote it was than my previous community of Cheviot Hills, where I actually had neighbors. Malibu started off in the 1980’s as just a ranch for the Rindge Family and since then has remained a small, quiet costal residential community north of Los Angeles. Because of the nature of trying to maintain the rural aspect of the city, most land is used for residential use where commercial use is mostly there just to serve the residents. Because most of the residential and commercial developments are located just off of the 27-mile coastal stretch of Pacific Coast Highway, the General Plan has to take heavily take the environment into consideration and make sure all the processes have the smallest impact on the environment. Malibu has only a little room for development, which is why there are such heavy restrictions on development in Malibu. The City of Malibu is located on the coastal slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains and is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the south. Preserving these environments is important when considering the development and land use in Malibu. The General Plan of Malibu contains all the seven elements required by the general plan; land use, open space and recreation, conservation, circulation and infrastructure, safety and health, noise, and health. Although Fulton states that the circulation and infrastructure element is the most related to the land use element, I will be analyzing the conservation element because I believe that this is the most important element to the city of Malibu due to the residents’ respect for the surrounding environment of the beach and mountains. The Coastal Act of 1976 has been a huge part in defining the boundaries of where development can occur. This conservation element also outlines the areas of the city that are protected and sensitive and to keep in mind these species when planning. Land Use The Land Use Element is one of the most important elements in the General Plan of Malibu because of the resident’s fight to keep Malibu primarily residential and curb development. Fulton states that in the Land Use Element, the city must lay out a vision of the distribution, location, and intensity of all land uses in the city. To back this up, the Land Use Element in the City of Malibu addresses the requirements set by PLATO. In terms of the distribution of the city, the Land Use Policy Map for the City of Malibu (appendix pages 7-10) is a diagram which indicates the distribution of land use designations geographically throughout the City. The overall distribution of land uses in the City do not change significantly over time, however are represented in the map. Residential development will remain the dominant land use in Malibu aside from the expansive areas of open space located primarily in the northern part of the City. The character of the development in Malibu is a residential neighborhoods,
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