The City of Malibu invites all community members to participate in the City’s virtual public hearing during the Council meeting on Monday April 12, and take the survey to learn about the City’s Wireless Communication Facility (WCF) ordinance update, ask questions and give their feedback.
“I hope everyone in Malibu will give their input so we can ensure that wireless facilities will meet the communications needs of the community while protecting neighborhood character, the environment and other priorities that residents identify,” said Mayor Mikke Pierson.

The City is updating its Wireless Communication Facility Ordinance that regulates the permitting of wireless facilities in public rights-of-way, establishes design and development standards, and standardizes permit conditions for wireless facilities in public rights-of-way. The ordinance is meant to ensure that the City maintains a balance of ensuring adequate wireless cellphone and internet access throughout the community while protecting the environment, public health and community character.
The code update is also necessary to bring the City’s Ordinance into compliance with federal and state laws that have been enacted since the adoption of the original ordinance in 2003.

As part of the outreach efforts for the WCF ordinance update, the City invites all residents take the new online survey, available through April 5 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/malibuwcf. The survey results will be presented to the City Council during its April 12 public hearing on the WCF Ordinance.

During the April 12 hearing, Council will consider the draft WCF ordinance update, as well as the recommendations made by the Planning Commission during its March 1 public hearing. The Commission recommended the draft ordinance be approved as amended. The Commission’s recommendations are available to view at https://www.malibucity.org/DocumentCenter/View/27692/Planning-Commission-Resolution-No-21-21.

In advance of the City Council’s April 12 hearing, City staff will present a proposal to map all WCFs in the City, together with the associated costs, to the Administration and Finance Subcommittee.

The Council had directed staff on January 11, 2021 to amend the agreements to include the mapping of existing wireless facilities in the City as part of Council’s review of the agreement for wireless application reviews.

The viewing and commenting instructions for the April 12 hearing, as well as the link to the survey and project background information are available on the project webpage at www.MalibuCity.org/WCF.

Submitted by Matt Myerhoff, Media Information Officer