Monday, July 17, 2018, the Ventura City Council (finally) voted to accept or shoot down the General Plan Refinement process that’s been going on and off since 2014. The Planning Commission voted it down last April and it was now before the City Council to accept or reject.
The MCC Board feared that if this Refinement Plan was voted against, our efforts over the past 4+ years would be for not; and we could not revisit this again until the 2021 General Plan community engagement process. Which could be in another 3-5 years! In the interim, our community would have a target on us for developers to come in and possibly build condos, apartments and other types of higher density housing next to or in place our current single-family homes. The Board decided to force the City Council to hear us in a final attempt to address this issue. It was a gamble and we needed our little community to rally, but it kind of worked!
The Bad News- We did not get the 36’/45’ Victoria Corridor height restrictions we hoped for. Those were voted against 4-2. At this time, it appears that that issue will be revisited during the community engagement process for the 2021 General Plan. It’s not dead, it’s going into a long hibernation!
The Good News- The Council agreed 6-0 to accept our request to correct and protect ALL Montalvo Neighborhood residences currently zoned R-1 (Single Family Residential) need to be matched with the Land Use designation of Neighborhood – Low Density (0 – 8 dwelling units per acre). & All Montalvo Neighborhood residences currently zoned R-2 (duplexes) need to be matched with the Land Use designation of Neighborhood – Medium Density (9 to 20 dwelling units per acres). This will match the current zoning to the corresponding land use designation in the Montalvo Annexation area. All 200+ homes that were at risk are now protected! A huge victory for Montalvo!!
1) We have heard that this was the most letters sent in on a single issue before this City Council in memory.
2) We now have R-1 properties adjacent to the commercial zones. This will hopefully strengthen our positions for the Alameda residents about height when it comes up again.
3) The city council heard us loud and clear about the height concerns on the Victoria Corridor. Future (costly) commerce studies will need to be completed and civic engagement with our community will take place prior to 2021 General Plan. So… we’ll need you all and more to rally again when that time comes!!
Thank you to all who wrote in. It truly helped our cause! We also had folks come down and support the speakers and fill out additional comment cards. But most importantly, were those who spoke passionately, eloquently and clearly on our behalf. We owe them a huge debt! We definitely made a presence at this meeting!
Want to hear what they said?? Click this link to the video –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOYcSEOQDp4
I tried to edit down the 3+ hours meeting to ONLY the Montalvo sections. If you have :24 minutes, please watch your neighbors speak to the council (the first half of the video). If you want to see the Council discuss and later vote, continue watching. Total video is 0:55 min long.
THANK YOU to everyone who lent their time, voices, emails, etc helping us on this important cause over the past four years. It is a reminder that as a community they may try to wear us down, but we are stronger & louder when we band together! They heard us!