What is the Moon Drive Overlay and why does it matter?
Following a 1972-73 study of the land area seen on the map above, Ventura City Council adopted a resolution in 1984 referred to as “The Moon Drive Overlay.” The intent of the resolution is stated clearly in this document:
“It is the City Council’s intent that the redevelopment strategies for this area allow for a variety of general retail or office uses in areas proposed for commercial uses rather than transient or auto oriented uses, such as repair or storage facilities or fast-food restaurants, bars or cocktail lounges. In order to more fully meet the objectives of these strategies, to complement existing and future commercial and residential uses, and to minimize potentially unsightly and noisy conditions, it is the intent of these strategies that all new commercial uses be compatible in character and scale with surrounding commercial and residential uses.” -Pg 3
So, why does it matter? Currently this area has been re-zoned as T4.9 to allow up to 6 story buildings which would be imposing, and incompatible with the character of historic Montalvo. The MCC has been working with the city planners since 2012 to make changes to the most recent General Plan which they see as necessary for the survival of our vibrant and desirable community. The MCC is working to protect our neighborhood from high density housing, increased traffic, lack of privacy, and loss of sunlight.