“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Dear Neighbors and Friends Of Malibu,
We are at a pivotal crossroads in Malibu regarding commercial development in our city. The direction development is heading is radically changing the very character, feel and lifestyle of our entire city. Retail leases are turning Malibu into a clone of ritzy “Beverly Hills” malls, far removed from the essential nature of our low key, inviting beach community that welcomes citizens and people from over the world. Recent example is our citizen's battle to stop our beautiful, quaint Trancas Nursery from eviction by their new upscale landlords.
With over 700,000 square feet new development about to be built and hundreds of thousands more available and being fervently pursued by developers, this effort is a crucial priority. We have a rare and fleeting opportunity as a community to come together to ensure that Malibu’s General Plan and Mission Statement is enforced in accord with our City’s planning.
The City of Malibu’s General Plan in part reads: “Malibu is a unique land and marine environment and residential community whose citizen's have historically evidenced a commitment to sacrifice urban and suburban conveniences in order to protect that environment and lifestyle, and to preserve unaltered natural resources and rural characteristics." "Malibu will maintain its rural character by establishing programs and policies that avoid suburbanization and commercialization of its natural and cultural resources.” (complete General Plan Vision and Mission Statement https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=284209711893)
We are committed to preserving the natural, rustic beauty and lifestyle of Malibu for generations to come. Our immediate goal as Malibu citizens regarding our retail centers is to request that our city enact these tools immediately including:
1. Malibu's Formula Ordinance at no more than 30% chains allowed per center in the Civic Center
2. every commercial development is consistent with the Malibu General Plan and zoning codes,
3. the city close existing loopholes in zoning codes and tighten permits,
4. our city strictly and vigorously upholds the character of Malibu's rural environment,
5. planning is implemented that protects and encourages small retail businesses that citizens considered vital to this city,
Our city must implement a solid commercial plan for a livable future that embraces the soul of Malibu based on our General Plan and the vision of this community.
Please speak out now to preserve the Malibu that we all cherish before it's forever lost and sign this petition!
Please pass this petition along to friends and also Facebook, personal message left here will be hand delivered to Malibu City Hall. Thank you!
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