WHAT IS THE CONEJO CREEK DEVELOPMENT?
The Conejo Creek Properties project encompasses 740 acres of prime farmland at the bottom of the Conejo Grade between Camarillo Springs and Pleasant Valley Road. It is bounded by the Conejo Creek and Calleguas Creek and the 101 Freeway and the Conejo Mountain Cemetery. The project is planned as a mixed use of industrial buildings, condos, apartments, single houses, commercial, and retail space. It would include 2,500 residential units,(1,525 of which would be two and three story multi-family homes), 100+ acres of industrial buildings and 54 acres of office/commercial use. It would be more than three times the size of Village at the Park. For more information see Size and Scope.
HOW WOULD IT CHANGE THE CHARACTER OF CAMARILLO?
Sited on the 740 acres of agricultural floodplain at the bottom of the Grade, this parcel of land serves as the gateway into Camarillo and is the most visible parcel of open space left in Camarillo. It would forever fill-in our beautiful view of farmland and open-space as we come “home” down the Conejo Grade and replace it with a sea of roofs and concrete and a population increase of 15%.
“…the Specific Plan would contribute toward creating a denser and more urban environment in Camarillo. Because the Specific Plan is located in the eastern gateway to the City via the main travel corridor, U.S. 101, it would also change the perceived character of the City from agricultural to more urban. The resulting change in aesthetic character in the eastern area of Camarillo is considered cumulatively significant.” DEIR, Section 4.1 Aesthetics, page 4.1-19
HOW WOULD IT AFFECT TRAFFIC?
The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) documents that this project would add approximately 40,948 additional car trips a day to our roadways. According to Caltrans, the Level of Service (LOS) on the 101 Freeway mainline currently operates at unacceptable LOS D and E in the study area, and the Specific Plan would add traffic to these unacceptable segments and bring the LOS to E and F. Caltrans considers C to be the threshold for acceptable level of service on the freeway mainline. The DEIR concludes, “Therefore, impacts to U.S. 101 mainline would be Class I, significant and unavoidable”, even with the construction of the proposed auxiliary lane. In addition, Camarillo still needs to “absorb” the Springville project (1400 residential units) and the 330 acre Airport North retail/commercial/industrial area around the new interchange/overpass on our north end. See Traffic Page
WHY COULD THIS DEVELOPMENT BE DANGEROUS?
These 2,500 homes, plus 100 acres of industrial development, would be bound by the Conejo Creek to the South and Calleguas Creek to the North…a flood path area as noted in the FEMA 100 year flood maps. A large by-pass channel would be dredged parallel to the Conejo Creek, potentially reactivating and releasing “legacy pesticides” such as DDT. This land was commercially farmed in the 40’s and 50’s when DDT use was widespread and common place. As with asbestos, if left undisturbed these pesticides lie dormant, but when disturbed and exposed to oxygen they become reactivated, toxic and released into the environment via air, dust, and water contamination.
The urban runoff generated from this development would flow directly into The Pt. Mugu Lagoon Estuary, the third largest wetlands estuary in Southern California. Pt. Mugu Estuary is a critical brown pelican nesting ground and a migratory stopover for 600 species of birds. Urban/industrial runoff from development is the single, greatest source of estuary degradation and threat to wildlife health. More information on Birds and Wildlife.
In addition, the Conejo Creek is the only wide-open passage under the 101 freeway for miles…serving as the one point in our area for animals to “cross” the 101 Freeway from the Santa Monica Mountains area on the coast to open spaces further inland.
HOW WOULD THIS PROJECT IMPACT THE NAVAL BASE IN VENTURA COUNTY?
This 740 acres of farmland lies underneath the inbound flight path pattern into the Pt. Mugu Air Installation. The navy base has asked the Camarillo City Council to consider buffer zones in their general plan because development would result in greater noise and safety concerns and could potentially limit the baseʼs air testing and training operations, as has been the case at other military air installations. The Naval Base is Ventura Countyʼs #1 employer with 19,000 jobs supporting families and pumping money into our local economy. Do we want to see it at risk of being downsized? See NBVC
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