Big Expansion Of Sewer Service Suddenly Roils Malibu Waters

Written by on September 9, 2019

A sudden controversy has exploded over the possibility that more than about 20 vacant properties want to join the Malibu Civic Center sewer.

K B U U broke the news Friday that Malibu City Hall has received numerous applications by landowners … anxious to hook up to the sewer plant.

Landowners near the pier want to build a hotel.

Landowners near Malibu Colony want to build 14 houses.

The La Paz shopping center … proposed for next to the Malibu Library … they want to add another restaurant.

And more than 100 houses in the Malibu Colony Estates … next to Pepperdine … they want to bail out of their existing … insufficient sewage plant and hook up with the modern city plant.

All of this would require hooking into the new Malibu Civic Center Wastewater Treatment plant.

Anti growth advocates in Malibu have been shocked.

City planning commissioner John Mazza protests that Malibu was forced to cave in to build a Civic Center sewer system by the state water board … and that the sewer plant was was never proven to be a process that would clean up the lagoon.

Mazza says it has been proven by election after election ,,, that the citizens of Malibu do not want to expand growth by building sewers.

But one problem … if the owners of vacant land are denied the opportunity to build … because the city will not let them hook into a sewer pipe that runs past their land … that might be considered a government taking.

The city manager is asking the city council what to do.

It would be up to the City Engineer to determine if there is available capacity … and then choose the priority order of properties requesting to connect to the sewer plant.

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