Letters to the Editor – VC Star

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VENTURA COUNTY STAR

March 26, 2014

Missing goals

I attended the Camarillo City Council meeting March 11 and found something quite disturbing.

In 2013, the City Council had four objectives under the Land Use and Transportation goal: “It is the goal of the City Council to plan appropriate land uses, streets, bikeways, infrastructure and transit system.”

This year, not a single objective in the goals and objectives was listed.

This omission, with recent amendments to the Camarillo general plan, raises a lot of red flags for me since the council appears to be proceeding with rampant development.

In light of all the developments discussed, planned and approved, I would urge all residents to take an interest in the council’s activities and do our best to preserve our beautiful city.

Remember Camarillo’s motto, “The People are the City.” Let’s hold the council to our motto.

-Marjorie Lorraine, Camarillo

  Camarillo growth

April 4, 2014

Re: Marjorie Lorraine’s March 26 letter, “Missing goals”: Our Camarillo City Council has given up on any reasonable goals and objectives for land use. It just wants to build.

Council members have publicly congratulated themselves on the massive amount of development they already have approved and projects just waiting to be built. Santa Ana/San Fernando Valley — here we come.

Over the last few years, City Council and staff have been systematically changing and/or removing any language in the city’s general plan that might be viewed as a restriction on, or a hindrance to, further development. Like ship captains of old, they’ve been “clearing the deck” for action.

The council won’t have to wait long. Next up for consideration and approval: Changing the zoning on the agricultural land at the foot of the Conejo Grade and the associated proposal to pave it over with the 2,500-home Conejo Creek development.

Great, there are thousands of homes and multiple projects already approved for building. We already are being asked to conserve water. Traffic on Highway 101 is a nightmare. The Navy base has enjoyed, up to now, not being encroached upon.

The City Council’s response to all that? Let’s “clear the decks,” build more and make everything worse. I do believe, at one point, the City Council used to truly care about our quality of life. Now, besides goals and objectives, looks like it has given up on that, too. It’s time for change on the City Council. We need fresh ideas and a new direction.

-Tad Dougherty, Camarillo

 

 April 4, 2014

Base encroachment                                                                                                  

Re: your March 30 article, “Growing pains”: The article certainly highlighted the problems that developments such as the proposed Conejo Creek development could cause for Naval Base Ventura County, our county’s No. 1 employer.

This project (between Highway 101 and Pleasant Valley Road on 740 acres of prime farmland) would put 2,500 housing units and 54 acres of office and commercial space within 1,500 feet of the NBVC inbound flight path, at the point where jets rev their engines to adjust flaps and lower landing gear.

I lived in the Woodside Greens neighborhood, which is directly under the Runway 21 approach path, for 35 years. I know firsthand how incredibly loud the military jets and cargo planes are.

The proposed Conejo Creek development would put more than 6,600 residents at risk. Noise complaints could threaten the long-term viability of our NBVC operations.

We have seen the results of encroachment on other bases around the country.

The Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) military downsizing process could have a devastating effect on our county and our country.

The less development encroachment, the greater our county’s chance of protecting more than 17,000 jobs.

-Louise Roberts, Camarillo

                                                                                                                April 5, 2014

Negative impact


Re: your March 30 article, “Growing pains”: Thanks to Google Earth, documenting the proximity of aircraft flight paths to future development (as well as to the existing community) is no longer limited to the realm of analysts and cartographers.

Runway 21 is the primary landing runway at Point Mugu because of the prevailing winds. If one extends a line (the “final approach course”) along the center of that runway, easily visible in Google Earth, from the southwest end (the Runway 3 end) northeast until it intersects Highway 101, one can see the encroachment issue “loud and clear.”

The Conejo Creek developers propose to build 2,500 homes on the 750 now-agricultural acres about 1,500 feet east of this line. What’s worse, these residents would be closer to the final approach fix (FAF) than any existing housing.

The FAF is the point at which pilots extend their landing gear and add power to compensate for the increased drag on the aircraft. That is the surge of power we hear echoing offConejo Mountain. I have measured this sound at the intersection of Calleguas Creek and Pleasant Valley Road using an (uncalibrated) iPhone app, and it peaked at 110 decibels.

The bottom line is that building housing in such proximity to Point Mugu will result in an adversarial environment to which the Navy will, if history is any indicator, eventually succumb. This is why it is imperative we recognize the consequences of development encroachment upon NBVC sooner rather than too late.

Robert Merrilees, Camarillo

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