Malibu Patch reports that a court of appeals has overturned a 2010 decision by the California Coastal Commission to allow camping in the Santa Monica Mountains in the Corral Canyon Park and Malibu Bluffs areas in Malibu. The October 2010 approval of the Malibu Parks Public Access Enhancement Plan was thought to have completed a long approval process marked by lots of opposition to the project (such as a 2008 lawsuit by the city of Malibu), due to local concerns about fires sparked by campers. Negligent campers, for instance, caused the 2007 Corral Blaze. Joe Edmiston, executive director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, views the Malibu Parks Public Access Enhancement Plan as a question of providing open access to outdoor areas along the coast, as permitted by the Coastal Act--he makes his thoughts on the matter perfectly clear in an interview from The Planning Report following the 2010 decision. Today's court decision, however, ruled that land use decisions are under the jurisdiction of the local agency instead of the state agency. Malibu Patch quotes Malibu Mayor Laura Zahn Rosenthal: "This decision is a very big deal because it puts a limit on the Commission's ability to interfere with local planning decisions."
· Malibu Wins Lawsuit Over Local Control of Land Use Policies [Malibu Patch]
· $10,000 Reward Coming in Corral Blaze; Investigators Look For Marshmallow Clues [Curbed LA]