Development shall be planned to fit the topography, soils, geology, hydrology, and other conditions existing on the site so that grading is kept to an absolute minimum. The most costly item in construction in Malibu is the foundation. Also, most people who come to Malibu desire some ocean views, that means land that is either hillside or with a fair amount of slope which entails caisson foundations and grade beams.
There are few of any slopes in the City of Malibu that truly can be said to be “mountainous” which means, in the abstract 辦公桌, an area of considerable extent with slopes that are especially high and steep. According to the Malibu Geology, mountainous terrain in the western Santa Monica Mountains lies only within the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles, and Ventura counties, and even there, they don’t hold a candle to the mountainous terrains of the San Gabriels and the San Bernardinos. Nevertheless, of Malibu’s reported 19.9 square miles of land area, roughly 10 square miles is hillside or mountainous terrain”. As pressure for development increases, questions regarding hillside development become more important.
Development of land adjacent to Malibu is compatible with the natural environment, residential character and infrastructure of the city. It should be understood that the development of hillside areas in Malibu is strongly controlled by an arbitrary and overriding standard of aesthetics rather than safety or personal concerns.