Public Hearing re: Drive-Throughs

Did you receive a notice like the one below?  There will be a hearing Wednesday, 5/11 concerning the development of the Victoria Corridor, which borders our neighborhood on the West.  We are still waiting for official approval of the change from T 4.9 to T 4.5 zoning.  Now we are looking at the possibility of drive-thru establishments that could impact the noise level and traffic in our community.  IMG_2750.jpg

ADDITIONAL DRIVE-THROUGH ESTABLISHMENTS on or near Victoria Ave. would be allowed once again if the Planning Commission approves changes to the Victoria Corridor T4.9 Zone at its upcoming meeting.

Concerned with potential negative impacts to the quality of life for residents of the Montalvo Community, particularly those who live on Alameda Ave. and Moon Drive near Victoria Ave., the Montalvo Community Council (MCC) Board has taken a stand to substantially oppose the proposal coming before the Planning Commission this coming Wed. May 11th at 6PM at City Hall (Council Chambers) to change the Victoria Corridor Code from not permitting additional Drive-throughs to new use standards that would:

1) Allow drive-through facilities for Drive-Through Retail or Services to be permitted by right (By Right).

2) Allow  Dining Establishment: Fast Service, Drive Up to be permitted with a Use Permit (Conditional Use Permit).

In response, the Montalvo Community Council (MCC) Board voted at its scheduled Tuesday, May 3rd Board Meeting to approve the following policy position:

“Regarding Proj-8366, the Request for an Ordinance Amendment to change the T4.9 (General  Urban 9) zone standards within the Victoria Avenue Corridor Development Code:

1)  We are opposed to the provision that would allow drive-through facilities for Drive-Through Retail or Services to be permitted by right (By Right).

2)  We are opposed in part to the provision that would allow Dining
Establishment: Fast Service, Drive Up to be permitted with a Use Permit (Conditional Use Permit).

In particular, we are opposed to permitting Drive-Throughs within the T4.9 zone adjacent to any residential areas, whether for Retail or Services or for Dining Establishment: Fast Service, Drive Up.  We believe Drive-Throughs are a use that is incompatible within, adjacent to, or nearby to Residential Areas.  We believe Drive-throughs create an increase in traffic, litter, air pollution, noise pollution, and light pollution (after dark).  We believe this to be undesirable in close proximity to residences.

For T4.9 zone areas that are not adjacent to or within 200 feet of a Residential zone, we believe a Conditional Use Permit should be required for any type of Drive-Through establishment.  (This includes Drive-through facilities for Drive-Through Retail or Services, and Dining Establishment: Fast Service, Drive Up).

Furthermore, we believe strongly that Drive-Through/Drive Up uses should not be “permitted by right” anywhere within the T4.9 zone of the Victoria Avenue Corridor.”

5 thoughts on “Public Hearing re: Drive-Throughs

  1. Upcoming Planning Commission Meeting
    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 6:00 pm Council Chambers, 501 Poli Street, Ventura
    (05/11/16 Follow Up Meeting)

    The City Planning commission at the previous meeting heard several Montalvo residents & a MCC representative argue against (PROJ-8366) the proposed drive-through facility request along the Victoria Corridor. The board was also made aware for the ‘Moon Drive Overlay’ designed to help protect the East Victoria Ave./side Montalvo Residents against commercial growth. The commission invited the applicant to return to the 6/15/16 meeting with changes to the proposal and re-present it. Some of us should attend this meeting to monitor and ensure that our neighborhood and neighbors are minimally impacted by what will be proposed that evening. I hope some of you can spare a little time to help protect your neighborhood and see how local government works firsthand. -Thank you!

    Agenda Item No. 4
    PROJ-8366 – Request for an Ordinance Amendment to change the T4.9 (General Urban 9) zone standards within the Victoria Avenue Corridor Development Code to allow “Drive-Through Retail or Service” facilities with a Use Permit to prohibit “Dining Establishment: Drive-Through Facility”, to alter the T4.9 “Building Profile and Frontage” standards by reducing the minimum number of stories from t to 1 story while retaining the minimum building height of 20 feet. to add related definitions and design standards, and to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration; Iralex-Victoria, Inc., applicant, Case Nos.: OA-5-15-28035, EIR-5-15-28041.

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