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Feb. 24: Planning Commission to consider Plaza Amistad

February 18, 2009
Santa Paula News

Plaza Amistad, the 150-unit multi-family residential development that triggered two lawsuits against the city after the plan was rejected by the City Council, is again going before the Planning Commission.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesPlaza Amistad, the 150-unit multi-family residential development that triggered two lawsuits against the city after the plan was rejected by the City Council, is again going before the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission will meet February 24 at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 970 E. Ventura Street.At the Feb. 24 hearing, developer Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation will present a proposed project different from the original plan that was rejected by the Council in August 2007. At that time, Plaza Amistad’s 150-unit complex was proposed as split between market rate townhouses and apartments.A Council majority, citing concerns over safety and density, voted the project down. Cabrillo filed a lawsuit challenging the Council’s action - a judge’s ruling that the city was correct in their action is now being appealed by CEDC - and Cabrillo filed a later lawsuit that centers on discrimination issues in not affording housing opportunities to low-income households.In recent weeks the City Council voted 4-0 to immediately remove Planning Commissioner Jesse Ornelas, who is a CEDC employee.
At the February 24 hearing, the Planning Commission will consider the proposed project of 150 multi-family apartments to be constructed on a 6.48-acre vacant parcel located at 210 W. Santa Barbara St., just east of Dean Drive.According to the meeting legal notice, “This 100% affordable housing proposal includes request for concessions and development standard reductions under the provisions of the State Density Bonus Law and Santa Paula Development Code.” The Planning Commission will also be asked to consider approval of a mitigated negative declaration, an addendum to same, and a mitigation monitoring and reporting program.The property is located in the R-4 High Density Residential Zone and has a General Plan Land Use Designation of High Density Residential. Copies of the proposed plans are available for review at the Planning Department office, 200 S. 10th Street.Members of the public are expected to attend the hearing, or written comments can be submitted to the City of Santa Paula Planning Department, P.O. Box 569, Santa Paula, CA 93061.