The State of California periodically mandates that cities provide additional housing, particularly affordable housing, and we recognize this need. However, we must not allow the City of Thousand Oaks to stray from its long-held principle of planning wisely. In May 2021 the City endorsed a proposed Land Use Map which will become effective when the City finalizes the General Plan update later in 2023. It will change zoning in several areas through out the city, including TO Blvd, the Oaks & Janss Malls. We don’t disagree with these locations. We do disagree with changing the Land Use for the 36 acre “Borchard Flood Plain Parcel” from 160 single family homes to Mixed Use. This could result in up to 1,100 units and allow 4 story buildings on a parcel which:
-Is surrounded by single family homes
-Has limited ingress/egress
-Is critical for flood hazard mitigation in the surrounding neighborhoods
No solutions to the eventual traffic, flooding, and environmental impacts have been included with these re-zoning proposals.
As residents of the Conejo Valley, we must hold the City of Thousand Oaks accountable for its proposed amendments to the General Plan. We feel that the “Preferred Land Use Alternative” does not constitute a consensus by local residents and fails to acknowledge future impacts.
We also believe that because Mixed Use is such a broad category
NO LAND USE CHANGE OR UPZONING should be made to the “Borchard Parcel”
until the owner brings forth a proposal which the city can review.
Ultimately, we the residents must live with the outcome, good or bad. To ensure that we do not become victims of poor planning, we ask the City Council and municipal authorities of T.O. slow their rush to alter the General Plan, act with full transparency, and embrace full input from residents living near the sites of proposed re zoning and potential development. Ignoring these requests would be undemocratic and an abuse of power.
In addition Realtors will be required to disclose the potential for development of this parcel. With the uncertainty of what might finally be constructed, potential buyers may be reluctant to purchase homes or the price might be affected. WOULD YOU BUY A HOUSE NEXT TO LAND that could be anything from apartments to hotels to office buildings or nightclubs?
MAKE THE OWNER BRING FORTH A PLAN BEFORE UPZONING OCCURS
Our petition drive ended in April and we presented it to City Council May 2023. We had over 2,100 signatures against making a change to the current land use without a formal plan being presented to the city. Newbury Park has 15,500 households. We physically interacted with 1,108 households in Newbury Park which make our petition results statistically accurate to within an error of margin of 3%. RESULT 2% are in favor of the land use change, 6% had no opinion or didn’t know enough to make a conclusion and 92% signed and are against the land use change at this time.
Click here to read the actual petition https://cvasp.org/this-is-what-our-petition-said/
-Attend the December 5th 2023 City Council meeting.
-Attend the City Council meeting which will vote on the final General Plan (Date TBD Dec 2023-Jan 2024)
-Tell your friends & neighbors.
-Share our website
-Ask to be added to our mailing list for updates.
-Write letters to the Acorn.
-Sign up for emails from the General Plan Update team https://www.toaks2045.org/get-involved
-Write letters to your City Council & Planning Commission
–Mikey Taylor – firstname.lastname@example.org
–Bob Engler – email@example.com
–Al Adam – firstname.lastname@example.org
–David Newman – email@example.com
–Kevin McNamee – firstname.lastname@example.org
All Charts and Maps are shown below
All Charts and Maps are shown below