Controversial Busch Water Tank Back Before Planning Comm Tonight – Also The Outlaw Paradise Cove Sewage Plant

Written by on May 18, 2020

The Malibu Planning Commission will consider a request by County Waterworks District 29 to replace an aging water tank on Busch Drive.

The existing tank was built in 1947 out of concrete … it is patched an cracked And county engineers say it is long past the end of the expected lifetime.

Proposals for an early replacement tank were shot down when residents complained it was too large and too close to Busch Drive.

Some neighbors also say it is not fair to hold a public hearing when the public is not allowed to attend in person.

They also claim the city did not notify residents properly.

The new tank is virtually the same size … slightly bigger … and it includes an emergency generator to keep the pumps working during fires and power outages.

But it needs variances from US city zoning code that prohibits it’s 8 foot security fence up against the road.

Also … the event on top would be 1 foot and 9 inches taller than allowed by the city’s height limit.

Residence along Busch Drive city old tank has lasted since 1947 and is okay.

The tank serves 300 houses with domestic water and fire protection water in fire hydrants.

About 200 houses burned in that tank’s service area … during the Woolsey Fire.

Also …

The Paradise Cove sewer project controversy goes back before the planning commission tonight.

As you recall … this city of Malibu has issued a stop work order for a sewer treatment plant and new pipeline I have already been installed and finished.

The owner of the trailer park says they were ordered by the state water board to install this state-of-the-art treatment center on a tight deadline …

And say the city officials were kept up-to-date on what was happening.

The city planning director says that is patently false.

The city also worries that engineering plans for the sewage plant we’re not reviewed before construction … and no one checked to make sure it was installed properly.

Of particular worry is a new pipeline that was laid from the Paradise Cove Beach Café … along a creek … up to the sewage plant.

Pipes and conduits are visible from Pacific Coast Highway … a protected scenic State highway.

But the owners say nobody in the public has complained.

The meeting is held via computer conference at 6:30 tonight.

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