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 The Santa Monica Mountains
Local Coastal Program

The program is designed to protect the coastal Santa Monica Mountains from uncontrolled development, maintain the mountains as a valuable resource for all who live and work in LA County.  (Excluded from the program are Pepperdine University and the City of Malibu.)  SCRA has reviewed the program, the Coastal Committee staff report and is in full agreement with the program.  Outlined below are the top fifteen environmental benefits of the program. 

For more details and links to the program log onto: - "Zev's Blog" click onto "Exposing a Mountain of Deceit"

This Land Use Plan is before the Coastal Commission for action on April 10th.  Comments can be file at  before April 10th.  Subject line:   Agenda Item No. Th 17a and 17b - Santa Monica Mountains LCP


1.         The LCP sets a vision for the future of the 52,000-acre Santa Monica Mountains Coastal Zone. More than half this area is publicly owned as part of the National Recreation Area. The LCP will ensure the remaining areas are developed in a way that is compatible with this national environmental resource.

 2.         The LCP reduces the amount of grading that can be performed without environmental review from 100,000 cubic yards today to 50 cubic yards under the LCP.

 3.         The LCP prohibits non-resource-dependent development in the most sensitive habitat areas (H1 Habitat), and provides a 100-foot buffer beyond this area to further conserve the resource.

 4.         The LCP guarantees a minimum of $2 million of additional County funding to help acquire key habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains Coastal Zone.

 5.         The LCP imposes new standards meant to preserve and enhance coastal resources by banning anti-coagulant rodenticides, and working toward a “Poison-Free Santa Monica Mountains.”

 6.         The LCP limits the length of new access roads to avoid carving up sensitive habitat.

 7.         The LCP will prohibit new vineyard areas anywhere in the Santa Monica Mountains and apply best management practices retroactively on existing vineyard operations.

 8.         The LCP will ensure that illegally-created parcels and other illegal activity cannot be used to surreptitiously increase development rights in the Santa Monica Mountains Coastal Zone.

 9.         The LCP prohibits development on all mapped significant ridgelines, and requires that development must be sited below all other ridgelines wherever feasible.

 10.       The LCP requires the use of split-level pads to reduce grading in hillside areas.

 11.       The LCP enacts strict limits on night lighting to preserve dark sky views.

 12.       The LCP allows for low-impact gardens, home occupations such as jam making, and Farmers’ Markets to provide increased access to locally-sourced food.

 13.       The LCP prohibits the alteration and armoring of natural streams. 

 14.       The LCP prohibits the net increase in the number of developable lots in the Coastal Zone.

 15.       The LCP requires that native trees, including oaks, sycamores, black walnuts, and bay, be protected, and requires that oak woodlands be maintained.




Harvard Westlake Extension 


The DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT for the Harvard Westlake extension on the west side of Coldwater Canyon is now available online at: 


The proposed overflow three story parking structure with a floodlit sports field on top is directly opposite the present Harvard Westlake facility.

Details on how to comment, either in writing, emails or phone, can be found in the DEIR or contacting the website below which is one of the organizations that are in opposition.


The Board of Studio City Residents voted unanimously to oppose the Harvard Westlake Extension.  




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