Residents want to challenge low-income housing requirement in court

Residents unhappy with the City of Malibu’s pending update to its housing element plan urged the city to challenge the state in court at a special meeting of the Malibu Planning Commission Wednesday last week.

City staff is preparing to rezone eight parcels to accommodate 441 units of low- and moderate-income housing. California cities are required to submit plans to the state every eight years to accommodate a certain amount of housing for low- and moderate-income residents.


The City of Malibu has never submitted a housing element to the state, despite being required to do so. City staff have warned that the city must submit an update to the state by October 2013 or risk having the state take control of its planning department as punishment for noncompliance.

Many residents have expressed fear that rezoning parcels for high-density development of 20 units per acre could alter Malibu’s rural character. They said the SCAG estimates were unfair, and urged the city to consider litigation challenging the figures.

“The city needs to challenge the number [of 441 units],” Lucille Keller, of the Malibu Township Council, said.

However, Assistant City Attorney Greg Kovacevich said the only city to mount a legal challenge to SCAG estimates, Irvine, had failed.

Read more at The Malibu Times


About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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