Malibu Fire Resistant Landscape LCPA at CCC August 12th

Dear City of Malibu Residents:

Please take a moment to review the update to our Local Coastal Program as it has the potential to impact you and your home! 

We at Schmitz and Associates would like to inform you of the proposed fire resistant landscape local coastal program amentment which is going before the CCC on August 12th. This LCPA is described as follows:
The City of Malibu is requesting that the Commission certify an amendment to the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) portion of its certified Local Coastal Program (LCP) that includes revisions to existing language to prohibit highly flammable materials within five feet of structures. Specifically, the amendment: (1) adds a new definition for “Shade Structure,” (2) clarifies that hedges and flammable fences and walls are prohibited within five feet of a building, and (3) allows for certain projections (such as cantilevered roofs, shade structures, awnings and canopies, etc.) between buildings to be permitted within six feet of the required ten feet separation between residential buildings on a property.

For more information, here is the staff report: 


We ask that you take a moment to carefully consider the ordinance, attend the meeting virtually, and voice your opinion.

Schmitz & Associates will be spearheading efforts with local property owners and will be advocating on their behalf.

If you foresee property improvements or future construction, we ask that you reach out to us for a gratis consultation. Schmitz & Associates will be spearheading efforts with local property owners and will be advocating for proper modifications to landscaping and fuel modification zones. We will be contacting both the California Coastal Commission and the City of Malibu. We also encourage that you write to the Coastal Commission, City Representatives, including the Council, demanding that the LCP-Amendment be better studied before being adopted.

Don Schmitz and the S&A Team

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