Skip to comments.Coastal Commission rejects U2 guitarist's Malibu development plan ("earth-altering)
Posted on 06/17/2011 2:04:03 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Before Thursday's vote, commission staff reports twice recommended the project be rejected, saying it would disturb sensitive habitat and scar a scenic hilltop visible from much of the Malibu coast.
Staff members also had expressed concern that the 156-acre development, if approved, could have paved the way for other earth-altering housing projects throughout the Santa Monica Mountains.
Evans' house is planned as a 12,785-square-foot contemporary abode, called "Leaves in the Wind," so named for the undulating green roof meant to emulate fluttering leaves. A website explains that the five houses were designed to meet the highest environmental standards by incorporating recycled and renewable materials, rainwater catchment systems, solar panels and native landscaping.
Conservation groups and homeowners in the canyons and hillsides below have largely opposed it on the grounds that, no matter how green the homes themselves might be, a project that carves out so much earth by definition is not eco-friendly.
One past critic did not speak out against the project this time. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy initially had said the development would have "unavoidable significant adverse visual and ecological impacts."
In April, however, it agreed to take a neutral position in exchange for more than $1 million in cash, consulting services and dedicated open space from the musician and the other property owners. Under the agreement, the agency would not receive that money or the other benefits unless the project wins final approval and survives any appeals or legal challenges.
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Green enough, but too showy. If the edifice could be better disguised, it might win an ok.
Except they are blocking the view from everyone but themselves.
Stuff a million bucks in someones mouth and they won’t object to any thing he wants to do.
Looks like my kitchen sink stacked with dirty dishes, but, hey, his property - do what he wants. Oops! He forgot that California is a fascist state, where private property is controlled by the state, for the collective good of the state, as determined by the state.
Seig Heil! California needs to change its state seal to a swastika.
>>> He forgot that California is a fascist state, where private property is controlled by the state, for the collective good of the state, as determined by the state.
You either must live in a state without zoning, HOAs, and other land use restrictions; or the coffee was a little strong this morning.
I kinda think for this kind of money, when buying the property he first had real estate attorneys abstract and report the clear title on the land subject to the restrictions he is now fighting. He went in eyes open figuring he could buy his way clear of the rules that apply to everybody else. It’s California, he’s probably right.
well Edge, it’s like this - if you’re going to lecture the rest of the world about being green - then it’s going to come back and bite you - no matter how nice the name of the house is.
I get your comment in the 2nd paragraph between the words “I” and “right.”
But I don’t understand your dig about “the coffee was a little strong this morning.”
As a former resident of CA, I completely understand California’s goosestepping fascist history these past 40 years. If you have some other history you want to present and counter my view, please feel free to do so.
If you can show even a modicum of official California government freedom, go ahead. Here you go, FRiend. Fill in the blanks:
One past critic did not speak out against the project this time. The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy... agreed to take a neutral position in exchange for more than $1 million in cash, consulting services and dedicated open space from the musician and the other property owners. Under the agreement, the agency would not receive that money or the other benefits unless the project wins final approval and survives any appeals or legal challenges.
That thing’s hideous.
Money talks. Bosses people around, actually.
:’) Totin’ barges, liftin’ bales since the 1960s. (raises hand)
Ooooh! Muscles, too. Sigh...
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