Malibu Middle and High School Campus Specific Plan and Local Coastal Plan Amendment Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
Document Title
Malibu Middle and High School Campus Specific Plan and Local Coastal Plan Amendment Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Present Land Use

Document Description
The Proposed Project would redevelop and modernize the existing MMHS campus and former JCES campus to create three distinct areas: Middle School Core, High School Core, and shared facilities. Implementation of the Proposed Project would result in demolition of all 11 buildings on the former JCES campus and 7 buildings on the MMHS campus, totaling 147,556 square feet of demolition. The currently constructed Building E and the under-construction Buildings A/B would remain, with all other structures removed. No changes to the existing football/track, baseball, or softball fields would occur with the exception of the development of new field houses and additional parking adjacent to the softball field. The Proposed Project would result in 32 classrooms and 8 labs and a total of 190,967 square feet of building space, providing the MMHS campus with a total of 47 classrooms and 12 labs and a total of 240,650 square feet of building space. Building D, the Middle School physical education center, would have a maximum height of 45 feet above grade to accommodate the gymnasium and would provide an accessible path to the hardcourt area on the upper level. The High School Building C would have a maximum height of 36 feet above grade, while the northern portion, adjacent the slope that separates the two pads, would have a maximum height of 45 feet. The High School Building J, the gymnasium would have a maximum height of 45 feet in order to accommodate California Scholastic Federation height requirements for indoor volleyball. Under the Proposed Project, the new Theater building would have a maximum height of 45 feet above grade, while the other performing arts facilities would be 36 feet above grade. Site access would remain along Morning View Drive, with a centrally located drop-off area for buses and parents/guardians between the Middle School and High School Core areas. A total of 451 parking spaces would be developed under the Proposed Project. Additionally, the Malibu Middle and High School Campus Specific Plan is proposed to regulate the project. Adopting the Specific Plan is a discretionary, legislative, decision that must be made by the City of Malibu’s City Council. In order to meet the District’s Education Specifications, the California Interscholastic Federation, the National Federation of State High School Association, the District is proposing that Buildings D, C, H and J exceed the LIP’s 28-foot height requirements. Additionally, the labs located in Building C would require fume hoods that would exceed the height restrictions for rooftop mounted equipment. Development standards established under the Specific Plan include the building specifications such as heights, setbacks, design standards for landscaping and signs.

Contact Information
Carey Upton
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
Lead/Public Agency
1651 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Phone : (310) 450-8338 ext. 79383

Carey Upton
Project Applicant


34°1'26.44"N 118°49'35.06"W
Santa Monica
Los Angeles
Cross Streets
Morning View Drive and Via Cabrillo
Total Acres
Parcel #
4469-017-900 (+ 8 additional APNs)
State Highways
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Ocean

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Educational (47 classrooms and 12 labs (240,650 sqft of building spaces))
Local Action
Specific Plan Coastal Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Cultural Resources Cumulative Effects Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Geology/Soils Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hazards & Hazardous Materials Hydrology/Water Quality Land Use/Planning Mineral Resources Noise Population/Housing Public Services Recreation Schools/Universities Septic System Sewer Capacity Solid Waste Transportation Tribal Cultural Resources Wetland/Riparian Wildfire
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Coastal Commission (CCC) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Education California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW) California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT) California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Highway Patrol (CHP) California Natural Resources Agency California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 (RWQCB) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Department of General Services (DGS) Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation Santa Monica Bay Restoration State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW)


Environmental Document
MMHS_Campus_Plan_OPR Attachment   DOCX 22 K MMHS_Campus_Specific Plan_Initial Study   PDF 13695 K MMHS_Campus_Specific_Plan_NOP   PDF 225 K OPR_Summary Form   PDF 657 K
State Comments
2020080350_Caltrans Comment   PDF 304 K 2020080350_NAHC Comment   PDF 277 K

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