MUSIC NEWS - As U2 makes their return to the concert stages in North America, California officials have delivered one band member a blow as the state agency that oversees coastal development has once again recommended that U2 guitarist, The Edge, be denied his controversial development plan that contains a group of mansions overlooking Malibu. California Coastal Commission staff on Friday (5/27/11) recommended that the board reject the rock celebrity's application at its June meeting.
Back in February, officials made the same recommendation before the plan was pulled from the agenda at the request of the rock musician and his develolpment partners. Back then, project manager Jim Vanden Berg said he was surprised but said he believed they could work with staff to "clarify misunderstandings." The proposal involving the NYC based rocker, David Evans aka The Edge, includes five multilevel homes ranging from 7,220 to 12,785 square feet to be built on 156 acres in the Santa Monica Mountains. The project designers said the homes will be Gold LEED Certified and the guitarist has stated the mansions will be some of the most environmentally sensitive in the world.