CITY WIDE OPPOSITION
WILL REGENT PROPERTIES BE BACK?
Since the City Council vote last December, approving Regent Properties' pre-screen application to build 55 homes on the Ventura hillside, NVH has been uncharacteristically quiet on the issue. This is because Regent has given almost no indication of their next move. We believe however, that the question will largely depend on the outcome of our City Council election. The most important indicator will be whether or not Dave Grau succeeds in getting a seat on the new Council. Of course, we cannot predict how any Council Member will vote on a formal proposal, especially since no one knows exactly what a new proposal will be. We do know that Mr. Grau has support from the interests that also supported the Regent project. Having him as a new Council Member will likely encourage Regent. If instead, a
candidate is elected that has expressed respect for our Hillside Management Program (HMP), Regent would have to reconsider the risk of throwing good money after bad in an attempt to push their project to the next phase.
Of the current candidates, those who have indicated they believe the HMP should be followed on any hillside project include Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios, Matt LaVere and Randall Richmann. Cheryl Heitmann has said she would hold the developer to the ten directives passed by the Council that essentially instruct them to the follow the most important elements of the HMP.
Grau is the only Republican running in a field of ten candidates. Grau is extremely well funded, having moved leftover monies from his failed Supervisor campaign to the City Council race. The Democratic and Independent vote is likely to be split among the other candidates giving Grau a significant edge. We believe that if Regent is to be discouraged from returning with their plan to put large, flatland style "executive" homes on the hillside, it is important that Grau not succeed. For this and a host of other important reasons, we hope we will not have the pleasure of seeing him as a future City leader.
Matt LaVere and Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios have the best experience, endorsements and the best chances, among non-incumbents, of getting elected. NVH believes that if Venturans wish to improve the chances of stopping Regent's development plan, we need to rally behind Matt and Jeannette. In addition to their positions on the HMP, these two candidates shine as far as bringing fresh new ideas to our City government, an end to our Council be lead around by a City Staff too eager to embrace whatever development project comes to town (i.e., Brooks Institute) and an end of insider influence. We endorse Matt LaVere and Jeannette Sanchez-Palacios. We hope you will give them a good look and ultimately your vote for a fresh start in Ventura's future.
e. It's easy.
Architect, William Growdon, a former Ventura Planning Commissioner, created these images of what the grading will look like. In these images the location and elevation of the pads are taken directly from the developer's site plan and is accurate. Location and height of retaining walls and filled slopes is accurate. House images are merely place holders because the developer has not yet designed any actual houses. No new landscaping is shown so that you can clearly see the grading. No doubt, the developer will argue that with more beautiful homes and landscaping the site will look much better. We invite them to put lipstick on the pig. However, we stamd by the depict6ion of the development shown as an accurate representation of the grading as currently proposed.
It is not just a small group of hillside residents that oppose this project. Opposition is large and citywide.
Additional Information & Resources
What the Development Will Look Like
Will Thompson Presents Petition to Ventura City Council
Gryzcman Stumbles Over Tough Questions
Commissioner David Ferrin Criticizes Project
Complaint Filed Against Planning Commissioner Jane Farkas with the Fair Political Practices Committee
Why are we concerned by Regent Properties' Proposed Development?
Regent Properties, a Los Angeles Developer, proposes to build 55 "Executive Estates" on the Ventura Hillside. We are not opposed to safe, smart & sustainable development.
However, the current plan submitted significantly violates Ventura's Hillside Management Program (HMP) and other important General Plan policies. Why is this important to Venturans? Please watch the 10 min documentary
An Island of Special Treatment.
Please Don't Let This Happen. DO NOT ELECT GRAU to Our City Council