Calvin and Barbara Barginear, an Agoura couple who have plunged heavily into debt while waging a seven-year zoning battle over the right to develop 36 acres of Malibu land, have filed suit against the county in Los Angeles Superior Court.
In the suit filed July 1, the Barginears are asking a judge to approve a subdivision map that allows them to create 24 lots on their land on Latigo Canyon Road.
Their dispute with the county dates back to 1980, when the couple was granted tentative approval for a 12-lot subdivision by the county Regional Planning Commission. After that, their case became mired in red tape and the subdivision was never granted final approval by the county.
The Barginears, who have incurred more than $1 million in debts while waging the zoning battle and recently lost their Malibu Auto Supplies business, say they face financial ruin unless they are allowed to develop 24 lots on the land.