Environment & Science

State panel approves Malibu development plan by U2 guitarist

File photo: The Edge of U2 performs on stage at Etihad Stadium on December 1, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. On Thursday, the California Coastal Commission approved a five-home development in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking Malibu that he proposed years ago.
File photo: The Edge of U2 performs on stage at Etihad Stadium on December 1, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. On Thursday, the California Coastal Commission approved a five-home development in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking Malibu that he proposed years ago.
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The California Coastal Commission has finally approved a five-home development in the mountains overlooking Malibu that was proposed years ago by U2 guitarist The Edge.

The coastal regulatory panel voted unanimously Thursday in Monterey to approve plans that have undergone major revisions since 2007 to reduce visual impacts and effects on sensitive habitats in the Santa Monica Mountains — the rugged wilderness backdrop to the coast.

The guitarist partnered with a developer to buy the land in 2006.

But amid vigorous opposition from environmentalists and others, the proposal was withdrawn and resubmitted several times.

The five individual applications approved by the commission cluster the homes much closer together than previously envisioned and leaves more open space.

The plan still must go through local government processes.