Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus (“Campus”) was originally approved for development on February 3, 1971 when the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission (“Planning Commission”) approved Zoning Case No. 5687, which changed the area’s zoning to allow the project site to be used for post-secondary educational purposes. On July 11, 1972, Conditional Use Permit No. 133 was approved by the Planning Commission to establish the Campus in unincorporated Los Angeles County in the Malibu area.
On February 11, 1987, Conditional Use Permit No. 2432 was conceptually approved by the Planning Commission to establish a Long Range Development Plan (“LRDP”) and Specific Plan for Development (“SPD”) for long range development of the Campus. On July 7, 1987, Zone Change No. 85007 was adopted by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to establish the Development Program Zone and conditionally adopt the conceptual LRDP/SPD to provide a tiered process for expansion of the Campus and implementation of the LRDP/SPD into the future. On April 12, 1990, the Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission effectively certified the LRDP/SPD.
Coastal development at the Campus continues to be subject to the jurisdiction of the California Coastal Commission pursuant to the LRDP/SPD. LA County Planning remains involved as the LRDP/SPD requires the submission and approval of future conditional use permits and appropriate environmental documents to analyze and mitigate impacts at each phase of development.