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Planning Isn’t Procrastination – Malibu Times

Planning Isn’t Procrastination https://issuu.com/colonymagazine/docs/malibu_times_magazine_august_summer_2022/52 Check out the July edition of Malibu Magazine, link above.  Don Schmitz and family are featured, along with a contemplative position piece by Mr. Schmitz himself, which addresses our current planning and processing environment in Malibu.  

PANO AI in Rancho Palos Verdes

More Success for the PANO AI Team https://www.dailybreeze.com/2022/07/27/rancho-palos-verdes-takes-a-step-toward-installing-wildfire-cameras/ We are excited to share that Rancho Palos Verdes recently took a step forward in becoming the first city on the LA Peninsula to install wildfire cameras.  This technology utilizes cameras that can detect smoke that could portend a potentially devastating fire. The City Council last week… Read More

Forty Under 40 – Ben Suber

  Schmitz and Associates Proud to See GIS Manager Recognized https://www.conejochamber.org/40-under-forty Our very own Benjamin Suber was recognized at the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Forty Under 40 event.  We are incredibly proud of Ben.  An honor he has earned twice fold and one that reminds us of how lucky we are to have talented… Read More

Smart Coast California Policy Summit “One California, One Coast”

Smart Coast California Policy Summit “One California, One Coast” https://www.planning.org/events/eventsingle/9246474/ 1. Be designed to meet a specific planning-related training objective. The educational purpose or objective must be clearly identified. Coastal Planning is a rapidly evolving segment of professional planning. The educational purpose of this single live event is to provide planners and other interested parties… Read More

Feed Body & Soul

Feed Body & Soul restaurant is located at 1239 Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. It is a lifestyle restaurant located on world-famous Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA. The space, formally occupied by a bookstore and a deli was successfully converted into a full-service restaurant, with Schmitz & Associates securing entitlements in record time. In addition… Read More

LAFETRA HOUSE

Location. The LaFetra House is located at 6525 Point Lechuza Drive in the City of Malibu. Notable Characteristics. The LaFetra House is 2,608 square feet and has four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, radiant heating, and solar power. The house was the final building designed by the famed architect Pierre Koenig, who is best… Read More

ANACAPA VIEW DRIVE, MALIBU CA

Schmitz & Associates successfully represented the applicants and secured two Coastal Development Permits for an 11,165 sq. ft. single-family residence and water tank/access road from the City of Malibu in 2011. This development also provides improvements to the surrounding area as a dedicated trail easement, improved fire department access to Anacapa View Drive and a… Read More

BORNA, MALIBU CA

Schmitz & Associates successfully acquired a Coastal Development Permit for ELN, LLC through a unanimous approval from the California Coastal Commission in October 2012. The permit was for a proposed 7,913 square foot single-family residence which will be located north of the Malibu city boundary along Borna Road near Latigo Canyon Road and Solstice Canyon…. Read More

RANCHO FRANCISCO, MALIBU CA

Schmitz & Associates successfully acquired a Coastal Development Permit for ELN, LLC through a unanimous approval from the California Coastal Commission in October 2012. The permit was for a proposed 7,913 square foot single-family residence which will be located north of the Malibu city boundary along Borna Road near Latigo Canyon Road and Solstice Canyon…. Read More

Commanding the Tide

As climate change and sea level rise become more commonplace in our recurring discussion and conversations, so has it become more frequent in our public policy and land use planning. We urge you to take a moment and consider the implications of these changes and consider how best to mitigate the looming impacts. Don Schmitz… Read More

Malibu’s Emergency Woolsey Fire Rebuild Ordinance Achieve’s Approval Before CCC

The California Coastal Commission has cleared the way for Malibu’s emergency Woolsey Fire rebuild ordinance to achieve its final approval. The amendment proposed by the City includes revisions to existing temporary housing regulations to allow for temporary housing structures to be placed on a property during reconstruction and allows for these temporary structures to be… Read More

Don Schmitz and CFSC Present Revolutionary Community Fire Defense Strategy

On February 27, the Coalition for Fire Safe Communities, led by Don Schmitz, spoke to a room packed with community members and elected officials interested in an innovative new system to fight devastating wild fires. He described the idea, known as First Fire Defense System, as many things, but in short, more effective than using… Read More

Malibu’s Water Infrastructure Must be Improved to Protect us from Future Wildfires

Don Schmitz and the team are preparing to continue outreach on behalf of the community, and will be arguing that local water districts and the City must react analytically and develop appropriate policies. To ensure that residents have the water demands necessary to mitigate and stop future wildfires, we must carefully considered what transpired in… Read More