Coastal agency rejects project led by U2 guitarist

By Noaki Schwartz

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, June 16 2011 7:25 p.m. MDT

FILE In this April 8, 2009 photo, an ocean view seen from a hill area adjacent to the proposed Malibu development of U2 guitarist The Edge in Malibu, Calif. The California Coastal Commission, the state agency that oversees coastal development is expected to make a final decision Thursday June 16, 2011 on whether to permit a controversial proposal promoted by the guitarist for U2 to build five green mansions overlooking Malibu.

Damian Dovarganes, File, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Despite promises by U2 guitarist The Edge that it would be one of the greenest developments in the world, California's coastal development agency rejected a proposal for five mansions overlooking Malibu citing concerns that it would irrevocably damage the environment.

On Thursday, staff told the California Coastal Commission that approving such a project would set a precedent and invite other large developments to rugged, environmentally sensitive locations. Commissioners voted 8-to-4 against the project.

The proposal led by the musician, whose real name is David Evans, called for five multilevel homes of up to 12,785 square feet to be built on 156 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains. Project designers said the homes would have the top green building certifications but critics called the project destructive.

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