The Harbor Department has requested the Oct 7th meeting be postponed

Click for 10.07.2019 Notice of Continuation of Public Meeting

http://CLICK HERE FOR NOTICEOctober 7, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.

REQUEST CITY COUNCIL

DENY THE LOCAL COASTAL PLAN AMENDMENT

STOP this Local Coastal Plan Amendment

The Planning Commission said NO

NOW it goes to City Council

The County is asking for a Local Coastal Plan Amendment. Without approval of this amendment by City Council they cannot go forward with this project because it requires policy changes that remove the visitor serving nature, increase density, remove parking and height restrictions and turn  public space into a private development.

If this amendment is approved it will set a precedent for the rest of the harbor!

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Send email to the City Council and urge them to DENY the request for an amendment to the Local Coastal Plan

    Send email to cityclerk@oxnard.org

  • Plan on attending and fill out a speaker card OR a comment Card
    Speaker cards allow you to speak on the item – and a comment card lets you simply voice an opinion on the card.

Notice from Harbor Director:
The October 7, 2019 Oxnard City Council hearing for a Local Coastal Plan amendment to allow for the Fisherman’s Wharf proposed project has been postponed at the request of the County’s Harbor Department. The request for postponement is to allow time to complete 3rd party studies and generate additional information to enhance the City’s review and consideration of the LCP Amendment.

Mark Sandoval, Director
Ventura County Harbor Department

Oxnard City Council Meeting on Fisherman’s Wharf

SHOW UP  – SAY NO!

This is the meeting for Oxnard City Council to SAY NO to the Local Coastal Plan Amendment requested by the County

There are many reasons to say NO!

  • Oxnard would lose jurisdiction, permitting authority and the ability to modify or change the proposed project.
  • This would set a precedent allowing other high density residential development in the harbor.
  • The requested amendment is inconsistent with the Oxnard 20 of the policies in Local Coastal Plan
  • Oxnard’s General Plan’ “Urban Village” zoning requires a “Specific Plan” which the County has not submitted.
  • The requested amendment FAILS to require adequate parking and the proposed project removes over half of the current free public parking.
  •  Traffic and Safety issues
  • Loss of Visitor Serving and Free and  Low Cost recreational opportunities for ALL
  • THIS IS YOUR HARBOR  – this area is designated to provide recreational activities for ALL to enjoy  – NOT intended for 65 years of profit for a developer.
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WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Send email to the City Council and urge them to deny the request
  • Plan on attending and fill out a speaker card OR a comment Card
    Speaker cards allow you to speak on the item – and a comment card lets you simply voice an opinion on the card.

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED AS OF 9/26/19

OXNARD CITY COUNCIL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
The following is found in Vida Newspaper posted by the County

The Oxnard City Council will conduct a public hearing at a special meeting of the City Council on Monday, October 7, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 305 West Third Street, Oxnard, CA 93030 to consider the following item:PLANNING AND ZONING (PZ) PER-MIT NO. 18-410-01 (Coastal Plan Amendment).

A request to amend the City of Oxnard’s (City) certified Local Coastal Program inclusive of the Coastal Local Plan Use (LUP) to incorporate a newly created land use designation of “Urban Village” to an approximately 11-acre site located at the southwest corner of Channel Islands Boulevard and Victoria Avenue commonly known as “Fisherman’s Wharf” (APNs: 206-0-280-35 and 206-0-280-49).

Based on the proposed new Urban Village land use designation, LUP Policy 23 is proposed to be amended to allow for a residential land use component at a density of 40 units per acre.

Additionally, LUP Policy 35 would be amended to allow for the maximum height allowed to not exceed two stories or twenty-five feet in height, whichever is greater; and, at the corner of Victoria and Channel Islands Boulevard the height would be allowed at a maximum of 55 feet in height with an additional 10 feet in height allowed for the purposes of screening rooftop appurtenances.

Section 21080.5 of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exempts local government from the requirement of preparing an environmental analysis in connection with its local coastal program. Instead, the CEQA responsibilities are assigned to the California Coastal Commission and the California Coastal Commission’s LCP review and approval program has been found by the Resources Agency to be functionally equivalent to the EIR process. Filed by County of Ventura, 3900 Pelican Way, Oxnard, CA 93035.

At the public hearing you may appear and be heard or you may write to the City Clerk’s Office at 300 West Third Street, 4th Floor, Oxnard, California, 93030, or by email at cityclerk@oxnard.org, in support of or in opposition to this matter.

If you plan to attend the hearing, staff suggests that you contact the City Clerk’s Office at 385-7803 the Thursday prior to the scheduled date to confirm that the hearing has not been rescheduled.

If you challenge this matter in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues that were raised at this public hearing or in written correspondence delivered to the City Clerk at or before the hearing. Beginning at 6:00 p.m., Channel 10 will televise and broadcast the meeting at which the public hearing will be conducted.

For further information, contact Isidro Figueroa with the Planning Division, 214 South C Street, Oxnard, at (805) 385-8207 or isidro.figueroa@oxnard.org.

 

We will send information as soon as we have it!

Update on Fisherman’s Wharf Project as of April 23, 2019

Planning Commission voted 5-1 to DENY LCPA

Thursday, August 22, 2019

 

updated 8/23/19

This was the SECOND of THREE public hearings!
The process involves 3 public meetings:
1. (Done) The first was held on April 22nd, a Community Workshop at the PAC. The City Planning staff studied everything submitted prior to, from and following that meeting and “recommended” the Planning Commission deny the amendment.

2. (Done) Thursday August 22  was the second public meeting and the result was the Planning Commission voted 5-1 to support the recommendation of Staff to Deny the Amendment and will now submit that recommendation to the City Council.
 
 3. NEXT: The City Council will make the final decision on whether or not the City will DENY an amendment to their Local Coastal Plan that would – if approved, allow the County move forward on the Fisherman’s Wharf apartment complex. We do not yet have a date for that City Council meeting.
 
We look forward to seeing you at the CITY COUNCIL MEETING – DATE AND TIME NOT YET AVAILABLE.

 This meeting is critical and public attendance is very important.   

The public will have an opportunity to speak.

 
THANK YOU to all who have supported this true effort to revitalize the Fisherman’s Wharf by sending letters and speaking up in favor of saying NO to the Local Coastal Plan Amendment!

Background

In October 2017, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) told Ventura County and the developer, Channel Islands Harbor Properties, LLC (CIHP), that a Local Coastal Plan Amendment (LCPA) from the City of Oxnard was required before the CCC would consider their request for an amendment to the harbor’s Public Works Plan (PWP).

In March of 2019, the City agreed to start its public review process of the County’s LCPA. During this review process, the City will decide if they will approve or deny the County and developer’s request for an LCPA.

If the City approves the County’s LCPA, the City will no longer have any jurisdictional say about what the project should be or put any conditions on it. The County and developer can then proceed to obtain approval for a PWPA from the Coastal Commission to build the 400-apartment complex at Fisherman’s Wharf. Though the community will have another opportunity to stop this project at the Coastal Commission, it could prove more difficult if the County has an approved LCPA from the City of Oxnard.

Current Stage of City’s Decision Process on County’s LCPA

The public review participation process will consist of 3 meetings.

The first of these meetings occurred this past Monday, April 22nd. This was the Community Workshop. Over 250 people attended the workshop to hear the developer’s project presentation and to ask questions and comment on the project.

The next public meeting will be with the City of Oxnard’s Planning Commission. There are 5 members on the Commission. The meeting is anticipated to be sometime in June 2019.

The third and final meeting will be scheduled in July 2019 with the City Council members and the decision will be made at this meeting based on recommendations of the City Planning Staff, the Planning Commission and public input.

STAY ENGAGED!

Video by Dan Pinedo

The Responsibility of Public Decision-Makers

The City Council members should deny the County’s and developer’s request for an LCPA. The current project is inconsistent with 20 of the City’s Local Coastal Plan policies. The developer’s illustrations of the project are misleading. The developer must be required to provide an accurate rendering of the project including all elevations. There is no reason the developer cannot do this.

It is the responsibility of elected and government officials to verify that the project is what it claims to be, a mix use development that will attract tourists and provide genuine public access to the harbor waterfront and park.

The proposed project is fortress-like complex, one would expect to see next to a freeway in LA, plopped on to 6.3 acres, (the size of 6 football fields) of public visitor serving and harbor related waterfront land. It will be 55 feet tall and 2 city blocks long with a two-story wall around it.

It will deter and impede public access because it has serious issues of parking, traffic and safety. It reduces visitor-serving facilities in favor of residential amenities. It is inconsistent with 20 of the City’s Local Coastal Plan policies. It is inconsistent with the City’s HCI ordinances.

No one should be intimidated by suggestions from the County that if this project is not accepted, the community must live with a deteriorated Fisherman’s Wharf for another 5 years. This is especially ironic because the County as the owner of Fisherman’s Wharf is responsible for its maintenance and the three extensions of the Exclusive Right To Negotiate (ERN), that have denied other possible developers the opportunity to propose projects.

Channel Islands Harbor is one of only 12 small boat harbors left along the California coast. It is a rare and valuable asset of the City of Oxnard and Ventura County. It should benefit all not just a privileged few who can afford to live there.

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