MEETING DATE CHANGED AGAIN

Thursday, August 22, 2019

6:00 PM

LOCATION: City Council Chambers

updated 7/17/19

Please update your calendar – the City of Oxnard has postponed the public meeting with the Planning Commission regarding the Fisherman’s Wharf  400 apartment project. 
This meeting is critical and public attendance is very important.   The City Planning Commissioners need to hear from all of us.  The public will have an opportunity to speak.
There is also more time for those who have not sent a letter in to the Planning Commission.  For those who have done so thank you.  See below for a copy of the letter HBCA sent to the Planning Commission.  We urge you to send in your letters as well if you have not done so.
We look forward to seeing you at the August 22 meeting.

 

There is still time to send letters!

SAY NO NOW!

It is crucial that the Oxnard Planning Commissioners see there is wide opposition to amending Oxnard’s Local Coastal Plan for the proposed Fisherman’s Wharf massive apartment project.  If the City of Oxnard rejects the Local Coastal Plan Amendment (LCPA), it will be very difficult for the proposed project to go forward.

This is why it is very important that the Planning Commissioners’ report to the City Council recommends denying this amendment.  We have attached a suggested letter. Please read this letter and feel free to use and adapt it as you like.  The mailing and emailing information is included with the attached letter..

Please be sure your letter is submitted to the Planning Commission and that you have copied the City’s Planning Department staff on your letter.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

INSTRUCTIONS

If you have not already sent a letter please do so now – and contact friends and relatives that have visited, asking them to submit letters as well!

Send via post to the address:

Planning Commissioners
251 South A Street
Oxnard, California 93030

Or email your letter to:

TO: Planning Commissioners <dee.lai@oxnard.org>
CC: info@hbca.info

Make sure to include your: Signature, Printed Name, Address

Copy and paste and edit the letter below or get the word doc here:

If you are on a device that makes it difficult to copy paste click here to only a page that is ONLY the letter. (NOTE DATE CHANGES ON MEETING!)

Suggested Subject: Oppose Local Coastal Plan Amendment (LCPA) application from Ventura County

City of Oxnard Planning Commissioners
Deirdre Frank
Wilfredo Chua
Orlando Dozier
Jim Fuhring
Robert Sanchez
Jeremy Meyer

251 South A Street
Oxnard, California 93030

Date:
Commissioners:

My name is _____________________. I live in (city, zip)_________________________. I am writing this letter to oppose the Local Coastal Plan Amendment (LCPA) application from Ventura County and the developer, Channel Islands Harbor Properties LLC (CIHP). Amending the City’s LCP is an important decision. It impacts the way the City protects its coasts, beaches and harbor. This amendment will affect the entire Channel Islands Harbor, not just Fisherman’s Wharf. This harbor is a rare and valuable asset of the City. This public land should be utilized to provide a much needed long-term tourist attraction and recreational area for Oxnard. It should not be turned into a private enclave for the elite. It is one of only 12 small boat harbors along the 1100 miles of California coast. Harbors are not being built anymore.

There are many reasons why this LCPA should be denied. The LCPA is inconsistent with at least 20 of the City’s Local Coastal Plan policies. The 20 policies will remain inconsistent even if this amendment is approved. It makes no sense to amend the LCP to accommodate a single project. It violates the “heart of the City’s LCP”: genuine public access to coastal resources for all. The project is also at odds with the LCP’s priorities to encourage, protect, and promote expansion of commercial and sports fishing and recreational boating. (Here add your own specific concerns if you like).

If this LCPA is approved, it will set a precedent for other high-density residential development at the harbor because the density change will apply to the entire harbor, not just Fisherman’s Wharf. The City will lose its permitting authority and will be unable to stop or modify these developments despite the fact they are within the City and should be subject to the City’s jurisdiction.

The proposed project at Fisherman’s Wharf is inappropriate development of public land designated for visitor-serving and harbor oriented uses. A development that is in the coastal zone and on publicly owned land deserves a higher standard of scrutiny and demand for public benefit. I hope after a thorough review of this LCPA you come to the same conclusion. It should be denied.

Signature, Printed Name, Address

Update on Fisherman’s Wharf

The proposed apartment complex is proceeding through the City’s Local Coastal Plan process.  It is important that the City rejects amending its Local Coastal Plan because without the amendment, the County and Developer will not be able to move forward on the proposed Fisherman’s Wharf Project as the Coastal Commission is requiring an amendment.

The process involves 3 public meetings:

The first was held on April 22nd,  a Community Workshop. 

Next meeting will be the Planning Commission Hearing scheduled for July 18th CHANGED TO Thursday, August 15th,CHANGED TO AUGUST 22, 2019 City Council Chambers 6 PM. 
This will be an important meeting for everyone to attend, so mark your calendars now.

 

Here is what needs to happen prior to this Planning Commission hearing:

1) the community needs to inundate the Commission with letters asking them to reject the County’s and developer’s proposed Local Coastal Plan amendment.  HBCA will be sending out a suggested letter by June 15th which everyone will be encouraged to adapt and send in to the Planning Commission. 

>Letters must be received no later than July 5th.

2) The City’s Planning Department recommendation to the Planning Commission regarding the LCPA for Fisherman’s Wharf will be posted on July 11th for public review. 

3) HBCA will be making a presentation at the July 18th CHANGED TO Thursday, August 15th meeting.

4) Final public meeting in the City’s LCPA process will be at a September City Council meeting.  The City Council will make the final decision on whether or not the City will approve an amendment to their Local Coastal Plan that will allow the County move forward on the Fisherman’s Wharf apartment complex.  We want the City to deny the amendment.  This is critical to stopping this development and hopefully get the County to open up a new Request for Proposal process for Fisherman’s Wharf.

 

We will send information as soon as we have it!

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

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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