2017-03-17 / Letters

Allow residents to weigh in on developments

Regarding last week’s Acorn editorial concerning denser housing, I agree that has to be the path in the future. But I believe a lot of work and planning, including communicating and getting input from current residents, has to be done first before we go that route so the quality of life for residents isn’t destroyed in the process.

The general plan for the city is there for a reason. It was created so residential, commercial and industrial areas could coexist peacefully with each other.

General plan amendments are piecemeal changes that a particular developer may want right at the moment. We’re the ones who are going to have to live with those changes long after the developer has left Camarillo.

The Camino Ruiz GPA, which considers changing industrial zoning to high-density apartments, would convert space for local jobs in Camarillo to more housing with more people having to drive outside the city to work.

The council approved considering the project, even as the it learned that smaller industrial-size units are much needed in the city. So why reduce our industrial-zoned area just so the developer can maximize his return on investment?

The Kmart GPA is one that should be considered, but the surrounding neighborhood also needs to be taken into consideration.

The 3-acre project, per city zoning, could support a maximum of 90 townhomes/apartments. But with homes just north of the project zoned at six or seven homes per acre, going from seven homes to 30 homes next door doesn’t appear to be a good transition or compatible.

Now, if the Kmart project was 30 or 40 units, maybe it would be compatible. Residents need to have major input into the Kmart design.

Regarding Old Town, one approved project has 22 apartments with only 22 off-street parking spots. That’s not realistic, yet our City Council approved it.

A plan of 33 cars is more realistic, maybe 44 cars. All of those extra cars have to go on the street in an area already short of parking.

That’s definitely not the way Camarillo should build denser housing.

Jeff McVicker

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