The Calabasas Coalition
IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION: The City Council to Vote on AvalonBay Initiative
The signatures have been verified and the AvalonBay Initiative matter is on the City Council meeting agenda on October 23rd at 7:00pm.
At the meeting, the City Council will decide to either immediately adopt the initiative OR allow Calabasas voters to decide by putting it on the ballot in an election. The Calabasas Coalition recommends that the City Council place the Initiative on the ballot to be voted on by Calabasas registered voters. To allow this matter to move forward without a vote of the people would be a bad precedent to set and affects ALL OF CALABASAS. Plan to attend and ask the City Council to put this matter on the ballot.
Mark your calendar for October 23rd at 7:00pm. This is our opportunity to let our elected representatives know we want the right to vote on the initiative.
What is the AvalonBay Initiative and How Will it Affect our City?
What is the initiative? AvalonBay, the corporation the runs the Avalon Apartments off Lost Hills Road, has brought their verified initiative to the City Council to build 161 more units for a total of 761 apartments at the development located between Lost Hills and Las Virgenes Roads.
What's wrong with this action? AvalonBay is bypassing city procedures for public participation in the process. What is described in the petition is what you get. There are no public hearings, no public forums and no discussion of alternatives. This results in our giving up local control.
What can we do? We must ask the City Council to vote to put the matter on the ballot, to allow the registered voters of Calabasas to have their say.
When is the meeting? Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7:00pm at City Hall. It’s important to attend and help us show the City Council how important this matter is to the Community. Share this information with your friends, neighbors and HOA’s.
How else can you express your opinions? Write to the City Council at email@example.com. Put Allow the community to vote on the Avalon initiative in the subject line.
WEST VILLAGE UPDATE..........PROJECT “ON HOLD”
As previously reported, on July 18th the Planning Commission voted 3-2 to deny approval of 180 condominiums and 5,800 sq. ft. of commercial/retail space for the proposed West Village at Calabasas development located at the terminus of Agoura and Las Virgenes Roads. Reasons to deny the project included the massive destruction of the hillsides zoned Open Space-Development Restricted for remediation of the ancient landslide on the south side of the property. The Planning Commission decision also included a recommendation that the developer, The New Home Company, consider EIR Alternative 4 because it did not require remediation of the landslide.
The Planning Department has informed us that The New Home Company is now exploring the feasibility of Alternative 4. The project is “On Hold” waiting for the developer to get back to the City with their decision. When that happens, it will have to be reviewed by the Planning Department to determine the next step in the process.
We are happy about less grading and leaving the ancient landslide “as is”. However, Alternative 4, as described in the EIR, is denser and includes 4-story buildings. We will be looking closely at whatever is proposed regarding density, height and impact on the environment. Our goals are to protect the hillsides and view shed, to lessen the impact on the natural resources in the canyon, and to make sure that those of us living in the Las Virgenes Corridor will be safe in an emergency
We will let you know when we hear more.
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