|Summary|| In 2004, the Coastal Commission staff discovered unpermitted development in the Santa Monica Mountains which was the subject of the consent cease and desist and restoration orders. The property where this occurred is part of a unique ecosystem that comprises the largest and most pristine example of Mediterranean habitat remaining in coastal Southern California, and is adjacent to over 2,700 acres of wilderness, including public parkland, and Dark Canyon Creek, a U.S.G.S. designated “blue line stream” that is part of the Malibu Creek watershed.
The unpermitted development has likely impacted species – including mountain lions, mule deer, foxes, bobcats, badgers, lizards, snakes, and many species of raptors and owls – that rely on this habitat by further fragmentation habitat linkages.
The unpermitted development in the Santa Monica Mountains in question consisted of:
The property owners have worked with Coastal Commission staff to resolve the violations. Under this proposed agreement, they have agreed to:
The Coastal Commission unanimously approved the orders.
|Outcome Description||Commissioner Mark Vargas motioned to approve the cease and desist and restoration orders. The motion passed unanimously.|
|Why You Should Care||The unpermitted development has the potential to impact the Malibu Creek watershed, as well as the numerous species that inhabit the creeks and waterways, including the threatened species. As noted in the staff report, this property and “surrounding wildlands offer large, nearly pristine, un-fragmented areas of native habitat that support a wealth of native animals, including...mountain lions, bobcats, gray foxes, coyotes... the [threatened] Pacific Pond Turtle,... raptors, and owls.”|
|Decision Type||Cease and Desist and Restoration Orders|
|Staff Recommendation||Issuance of Cease and Desist and Restoration Orders|
|Opposition to Project|
|Coastal Act Policies||Chapter 3|
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