PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release
From: HBCA (Harbor and Beach Community Alliance)
Contact: Rene Aiu: 805-827-0819 or Diane Delaney: 805- 657-0760
October 13, 2017
COASTAL COMMISSION DENIES COUNTY AND SENDS FISHERMAN’S WHARF PROJECT BACK TO CITY
October 13, 2017 at a Coastal Commission meeting in Chula Vista, City Attorney Ken Rozell, appearing on
behalf of the City, and members of HBCA won a clear victory at the Coastal Commission when the Commission agreed that the Harbor Department and County could not by-pass the City’s jurisdiction. The County had sought to have the Coastal Commissioners over rule the Commission’s Executive Director’s determination that the Public Works Plan Amendment required review and approval by the City prior to the Fisherman’s Wharf project moving forward.
HBCA explained both the legal reasons why the City has jurisdiction to review the project and what the project would mean to those living in the Community. The County also maintained that the project was an Urban Village that had been designated for that location. However, HBCA maintained it was not an Urban Village and showed a video clip of Supervisor Bennett saying that everyone, including the Harbor Director, knew that it was not. After the Harbor Director stated that the project would produce needed middle income rental units, HBCA showed a video clip of the Developer stating that the apartment rents would be the highest rents in the area.
HBCA is proud of their efforts to bring the project back to the City to allow an open and transparent process that will include the City of Oxnard and its residents. They hope the re- development of Fisherman’s Wharf can now proceed in a manner that will result in a project that truly meets the needs of the community.
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South Central Coast District: Item 14 Dispute Resolution
Dispute Resolution PWP-4-CIH-16-0005-2-EDD (Ventura County Harbor Department) Public hearing and Commission determination regarding filing requirements for the application by the Ventura County Harbor Department to amend the certified Channel Islands Harbor Public Works Plan to create a new land use designation sub-category of “Urban Village” with associated development standards and to change the land use designation of Harbor Parcels V-1, V-2, V-3, V-4 and a portion of Parcel N-2 from “Visitor Serving Harbor Oriented” to the new land use sub-category of “Urban Village” to accommodate a future residential and visitor-serving mixed use development at Fisherman’s Wharf, on the corner of Victoria Avenue and Channel Islands Blvd., Oxnard, Ventura County. (WH-V)
Meeting Agenda and Video Archives
You can view the California Coastal Commission meeting and archived agenda online
Please see: South Central Coast District Item 14
The link below will start at the close of item 13 and the next item is ITEM 14
SKIP TO 4:11:14 in the Video
There is a small link at the top of the page
The following two videos were presented at the Coastal Commission Meeting to support the City of Oxnard position that an LCP amendment is required.
Supervisor Bennett at June 14th, 2016 stating, “This is NOT an Urban Village”
Ventura County Board of Supervisors meeting June 14, 2016, the developer was asked about affordable rentals and stated the rents would be the highest in the area.
The October 12, 2017 Coastal Commission ruling is contrary to the expectation of the Harbor Director.
In March of 2017 Harbor Director appeared confident that the Coastal Commission would rule in favor bypassing the jurisdiction of the City of Oxnard.