- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - State coastal regulators on Wednesday postponed consideration of a proposal by U2 guitarist The Edge and others to build five mansions in the mountains above Malibu.

The California Coastal Commission cited a problem with notice requirements and now expects to consider the long-planned proposal no sooner than January, when the agency holds its next meeting in Southern California.

Guitarist David Evans, better known as The Edge, has tried to build the homes on 150 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean since 2006 but faced opposition from neighbors and environmentalists.

The commission rejected the project in 2011, citing environmental concerns, and property owners sued.

Last year, they settled with the agency and are now proposing a downsized development that clusters the homes on a lower plateau to try to preserve a 3,000-foot stretch of prominent ridgeline visible from key spots along the coast.

Some critics say even with a smaller footprint, the project threatens to disrupt natural habitat and tarnish the view.

The commission regulates the use of coastal areas in California.

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