The Calabasas Coalition
UPDATE – West Village Developer Story Pole Plan
At the January 3rd Planning Commission meeting, the Commissioners elected to continue the matter of the West Village Story Pole Plan to a future date to allow time for the applicant to respond further.
The consensus among the Commissioners is that the applicant did not provide sufficient evidence in support of its request for approval of a Story Pole Plan that represents less than half of the 16 buildings (15 3-story residential and 1 1-story commercial retail).
The specific factors to be evaluated in the placement of story poles are as follows:
- Safety, such as presence of power lines, public rights-of-way, pedestrians, access, security, and welfare concerns.
- Stability issues, such as structure height, materials, weather, anchoring or topographic conditions.
- Inaccurate depictions due to land modifications, grading, or other onsite conditions.
- Impacts to trees, habitat, archeologic or biologic resources, or the need to alter land for pole placement.
- Site constraints, such as roadway alignments, utilities, easements and fire access requirements.
- Excessive cost for financial impact.
The Commissioners will consider only these factors in making their determination.
The publicly defeated Canyon Oaks developer has proposed their latest project, West Village at Calabasas. There are two upcoming actions that are very important for our Community to be aware of and where community participation is crucial.
West Village at Calabasas is located at the intersection of Las Virgenes and Agoura Roads, on the same parcel of land as Canyon Oaks which was stopped in November 2016 by the No on F ballot referendum. You’ll recall that Calabasas residents voted by an almost 2 to 1 margin to overturn the City Council’s approval of that project.
For their newest proposal the developer The New Home Company, is requesting the Planning Commission to approve their request to place less story poles than are required by the City’s policy. They want to place less than 50% of the story poles required which will not show the true impact of this massive over development.
We promoted and succeeded in getting the City to implement Story Pole Procedures and they must be adhered to. Story poles are placed “to help decision makers, staff, neighbors and other interested parties visualize the location and/or mass and height of a proposed building(s)”. Every development, including this one, must follow the full requirement to provide the community a true view of the project. We cannot let the developers dictate how to implement the rules.
Our community can now make its voice heard again on Thursday, January 3rd at 7pm at the Planning Commission meeting at City Hall. See update above. The agenda is dedicated to reviewing this request and it’s important that the Commission know the community demands that the City’s story pole policy be followed.
Let the Commissioners know that you want a true representation of what is proposed for this pristine open space by writing to them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also attend the meeting and speak in person or simply submit a “Speaker’s Card” indicating your opposition. Attending the meeting whether you speak or not shows them the community cares.
The second action is the review of the Draft Environmental Impact Report. This report outlines the project and it’s potential impacts. You can see the report here: West Village project. The comment period is now open and it’s important the community express their comments for consideration.
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