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UPDATE!

The MCC is very pleased to announce that on Monday, 9/12/16, the Ventura City Council voted to “incorporate MCC recommendations” into the General Plan refinement.  All of our requests will be granted.  We could not be more pleased with this outcome.  After years of negotiating, countless hours of work, and much compromise, the agreement that has been met between the City Planners and the MCC will insure that our historic single family neighborhood will be protected from overdevelopment.

You can see your neighbors address the Council on this video at 4:13:00 and 4:40:00.

To learn more about our recommendations, read the full letter submitted by the MCC here:
Montalvo General Plan Refinement Form Letter 08-18-16 FINAL DRAFT


cityhallThe City Council will meet on Monday, September 12 to review the final draft of the General Plan.  Our neighborhood has the potential to be greatly impacted.  You can read more details here, and in older posts on this blog.  If you’d like to protect Montalvo from further “over-development,” please email the City Council at

council@cityofventura.net

Your email might look something like this:

As a resident of Montalvo I would like to express my concerns about several issues in the new City of Ventura General Plan.  I am very apprehensive about the possibility of a 45+ foot building looming over my home, and shading my yard and house.  A building that tall would be out of scale for our neighborhood, and would feel overwhelming and invasive. Any limitations that can be put in place to limit the height of new construction would be greatly appreciated.  Also, regarding the industrial and commercial zones in our neighborhood, I would like to request exclusions for Adult Oriented Businesses, Hazardous Waste facilities, or any type of business that generates excessive noise or harmful fumes to the neighboring residents.  Montalvo is a beautiful community, with charming 1950s homes.  I ask that the City Council make every effort to protect our historic neighborhood.

Building Heights

Are you curious as to why the MCC is so concerned about limiting the heights of any new buildings in and around our neighborhood?  Take a look at the photos below, and notice how out of scale this new two-story building looks next to an existing single story residence.  Can you imagine another story on top of that?

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More importantly, check out the view from inside the office building.  The MCC is concerned about the intrusive nature of this kind of construction.

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Here are two more examples of ominous and imposing structures encroaching upon single family residences in Saticoy.  The buildings below are both 3 stories in height.

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If you want to have a say in the future of Montalvo, find out more about how you can help here: General Plan Refinement

General Plan Refinement

The future of our Montalvo neighborhood is in jeopardy!  We are facing potential development along Victoria Ave, at the Bristol shopping center, and in the commercial and industrial zones on the South end of Grand Ave (near the post office, Carbide Saw, storage units, etc). Refinements to the General Plan will go before the City Council on

Monday, 9/12/2016 at 6pm

The MCC has poured over the section of the general plan which directly affects Montalvo, and boiled it down to the following issues:
Building height limitations for any new construction in and around our neighborhood
-Protection of privacy for single family homes
-Protection of access to sunlight
-Protection against adult-oriented businesses
-Protection against hazardous waste, and/or excessive noise

The MCC Board has drafted a very specific letter to the City Council making clear their requests for height limitations, and other important issues.  You can read their full letter here:

HOW YOU CAN HELP 

If you’d like to voice your concerns please postmark, email, or deliver your individual letter to the City Council no later than
Thursday, August 25th, 2016.
You may use the sample letter below, or write your own.  Please contact the council if you would like an editable version of the sample letter montalvocomcouncil@gmail.com

SAMPLE LETTER: ResidentSampleLetter


Councilmembers may be contacted via
telephone at 805-654-7827
email  council@cityofventura.net
mail     501 Poli St, Ventura, CA 93001

A great way to help our cause is to show up to the Council Meeting on Monday, September 12th to:
   – Sit in the audience
   – Fill out a pink Comment Form
   – Fill out a green Speaker Form to speak to the Council yourself
   – Fill out a green Speaker Form to donate your speaking time to another speaker

If you have questions or concerns please contact the MCC or comment below.

If you’d like to contact a councilmember directly, see their email addresses below
Mayor Erik Nasarenko
enasarenko@ci.ventura.ca.us
Deputy Mayor Neal Andrews
nandrews@ci.ventura.ca.us
Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann
Councilmember James Monahan
Councilmember Carl Morehouse
cmorehouse@ci.ventura.ca.us
Councilmember Mike Tracy
Councilmember Christy Weir

7.18.16 City Council Meeting

UPDATE:  On a 7-0 vote last night, the City Council approved the Planning Commission’s June recommendation regarding drive-throughs, two story minimums & conditional use permits along the Victoria Corridor. This is a small victory for our community! Drive-Throughs and story  minimum buildings will be prohibited along the Moon Drive Overlay (area butting up to the Alameda St residences). Single stories (min 20’) will now be allowed. Conditional Use Permits ensure that every proposal goes through the community and planning process. Nothing is allowed ‘by right’ and without our input.

http://www.vcstar.com/news/local/ventura/ventura-takes-steps-to-encourage-development–37f7e1bf-609f-0840-e053-0100007f780a-387399731.html

Meeting: City Council

Monday, July 18, 2016
Time: 06:00 pm
Where: Council Chambers, 501 Poli Street, Ventura, CA

Agenda Item 6: Victoria Avenue Corridor Ordinance Amendment

http://www.cityofventura.net/meeting/city-council-meeting-391

See the Administrative Report here: 07.08.16 Item 06_Moon Dr. Abridged

A couple of months ago, your MCC Board attended City Planning Meetings and asked that this measure exclude the Moon Drive Overlay portion of the Victoria Corridor Plan. Overall, this appears to be a positive proposal for the Montalvo community. It changes the minimum of two stories to be reduced to single story (20’) along the Victoria Corridor. In addition, it will protect the Moon Drive Overlay area from future Drive-throughs!

We encourage folks who are in support of tonight’s Agenda Item #6 (Provided that they maintain the recommended Moon Drive Overly protection) to contact the City Council via email, phone or in writing prior to 4pm today.  Or attend tonight’s City Council Meeting and fill out a comment card or speaker card if you wish to speak.

Councilmembers may be contacted via telephone at 805-654-7827,
mail 501 Poli Street Ventura, CA 93001
or by sending an email to
council@cityofventura.net (before 4pm today)

The more of us who speak up, the stronger we are as a community.

Thank you!

John Richey
MCC Secretary

Sample:

07/18/16
RE: Agenda Item 6: Victoria Avenue Corridor Ordinance Amendment

Dear Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Distinguished Council Members,

As a resident of the Montalvo Community, I am in support tonight’s Agenda Item 6: Victoria Avenue Corridor Ordinance Amendment (Provided that you maintain the recommended Moon Drive Overly protections). As you may know, we would like to continue to protect the Moon Drive Overlay area from incompatible development as it is adjacent to single story family homes along Alameda Ave.

Thank you,
(Name, Address)

**The Ventura General Plan meeting (the big one) originally scheduled for July 25th, 2016 has been rescheduled to Sept 19th. More on that soon.**

7/12/16 Meeting Agenda

 

Montalvo Community 2015-2016 General Plan Refinement Project Meeting
7/12/2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Seed Communities Place of Worship
2734 Johnson Dr., Ventura, CA 93003
Meeting called by: MCC Board


6:00-6:05p [Welcome]
Please sign the guest sheet so we know how many attended.


6:05-7:00p 7:00p-7:35p [Presentation, Followed By Q&A]
Presentation on upcoming 7/25/16 2015-2016 General Plan Refinement Project by Ian Holt. He is a City Planner iholt@ci.ventura.ca.us 805-654-7752


7:00-7:35p [Open Discussion]
MCC group discussion of Ian Holt’s General Plan Amendment information and identified areas of concern by the Montalvo. MCC will take the communities comments directly to the Ventura City Council.


7:35-7:45p [MCC Updates]
MCC updates on what the board has been up to since our last public meeting 5/10/16 and info on the upcoming MCC issues and city council meetings. 7:45p-7:50p [Announcement] Info on the upcoming Community Get to Know your Neighbor Street Party from Angie Meisner


7:50-8:00p [Feedback]
Open floor for suggestions & public feedback for future MCC issues


8:00p [Wrap-up]
Close the meeting.

Additional Information:
The MCC Board invites you and we hope you can make it Tuesday evening at 6:00pm. Please invite your neighbors.

Please visit our new community blog.
Welcome To Montalvo https://montalvocc.wordpress.com/

Want to become an MCC member?
Membership applications at the above link. We welcome Home Owners, Renters and Businesses. Best of all IT’S FREE!!

PRINTABLE VERSION OF THE AGENDA: 00_07-12-16 MCC Agenda