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Plan to Restrict Development in the Santa Monica Mountains

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The LA County Board of Supervisors has scheduled a public hearing tomorrow for a possible program for the Santa Monica Mountains that would keep the reins tight on development and loose on conservation for more than 50,000 acres between Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Decker Road, and the ocean, reports KPCC. The plan aims to "protect, maintain, and where feasible, enhance and restore" the coastal area's resources and to maximize public access in the area, almost none of which is actually beachfront (so it looks like we'll still need that Malibu beach-finding app). The Santa Monica Mountains Task Force of the Sierra Club wrote a letter in support of the plan, and especially for the way it prioritizes conservation over development, prohibits development in "the most sensitive habitat areas," aims to control invasive species, prohibits development on "all mapped significant ridgelines," restricts development in areas visible from public parkland or trails, and "lowers zoning densities to as low as one house per 40 acres. Homeowners groups and the Santa Monica Conservancy like it too.
· Supes to decide on future development rules for Santa Monica Mountains [SCPR]
· Santa Monica Mountains Land Use Plan [Official Site]