Conejo Creek Development Project Status

The Draft EIR comment period discussed in the July post on this subject will end on Monday, September 17th. The first City of Camarillo Planning Commission meeting to consider comments on the proposed project will be the following evening (Tuesday, September 18, 2012) at 7:30.

Although we have not seen an Agenda for this meeting, the Camarillo Sustainable Growth (CSG) organization, who strongly opposes the plan as it currently stands, has indicated that the Environmental Defense Center lawyers whom they have engaged to assist in their fight will be presenting an overview of their comment document.

The Santa Rosa Valley does not have any real say regarding this proposed project since it is not in our planning area of influence, but the CSG has encouraged local residents to have their voices heard along with the other opponents because it is anticipated that completion of the project will have a major negative impact on Santa Rosa Road traffic.

You are encouraged to re-read the July post because it contains a large number of links that will help you understand what is happening and the process associated with a Draft EIR. Additionally, I will include two recent distributions from a CSG supporter as comments to this topic.

4 comments to Conejo Creek Development Project Status

  • James T Fortney James T Fortney

    The following was distributed via the Santa Rosa Valley Announcements List on 9/12/12.

    THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL WAS SUBMITTED BY PAM JOHNSON REPRESENTING THE CAMARILLO SUSTAINABLE GROWTH ORGANIZATION

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    URGENT UPDATE – NEED TO ATTEND THIS MEETING!! PASS ON TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW

    This is an important Planning Commission meeting next Tuesday 9/18 at 7:30 pm in the Camarillo City Hall Council Chambers. The Notice states that this is the time all the comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) must be made or you have no legal recourse going forward.

    You in Santa Rosa Valley must “comment” on the increased traffic flow on Santa Rosa Rd. as commuters resort to alternate routes to the congestion on the Conejo Grade (Level of Service “F” – the worst).

    The Transportation and Circulation information within the DEIR can be accessed at this City of Camarillo link http://www.ci.camarillo.ca.us/docs/60266.pdf page 326 or section 4.15-1 through 4.15-24

    This is the description of Santa Rosa Road given in the beginning:
    “Santa Rosa Road is also a Primary Arterial in the City that continues northeast of the Specific Plan vicinity to the City of Moorpark and the City of Thousand Oaks. Santa Rosa Road currently carries 44,000 ADT north of U.S. 101, 27,000 ADT north of Adolfo Road, and 23,000 ADT north of Woodcreek Road.”

    I never find another estimate of ADT’s (average daily trips) north of Woodcreek Rd. with the Specific Plan (Conejo Creek) or cumulatively (with other development) and the Specific Plan.

    I also don’t see any change in numbers/volume in these illustrations/figures 4.15-5 and 4.15-6.

    Both say Santa Rosa Valley Rd. will remain a “27” with or without the Specific Plan (Conejo Creek) ADT volumes…how can that be?

    Cumulative Baseline (Year 2030) without Specific Plan ADT Volumes – figure 4.15-5

    Cumulative Baseline (Year 2030) with Specific Plan ADT Volumes – figure 4.15-6

    Note the increase on Santa Rosa Rd before the Upland intersection and afterwards. It increases due to the added traffic from Camarillo via Upland Rd. This will certainly be magnified if the Conejo Grade/101 is constantly gridlocked.

    Improvements seem to only be an added turn lane at Upland…and even then they are not going to pay for it completely, so it would be left to the City of Camarillo to offset that cost…when?

    Santa Rosa Road and Upland Drive. Improvements to mitigate the Specific Plan’s impact at this location shall involve adding a second eastbound left turn lane. Because the intersection is deficient under no-Specific Plan conditions, the Specific Plan is responsible for its fair share of the cost of the improvement at Santa Rosa Road and Upland Drive rather than being fully responsible for implementing the improvement.

    This is one of the most important Public Hearings for your area…as the DEIR does not adequately, nor completely assess the impact on Santa Rosa Rd.

    The Environmental Defense Center has compiled a 100+ page “Comment Letter” for Camarillo Sustainable Growth and it will contain an analysis by a Traffic Expert…but his comments will focus on a wide array of other 101/intersection issues.

    You all need to speak up for Santa Rosa Rd!

    Again…so appreciate your support and concern. This development will certainly adversely impact the quality of life in Santa Rosa Valley.

    Merrill Berge
    Camarillo Sustainable Growth

    http://www.camarillosustainablegrowth.org
    Pamela Johnson
    Business Manager
    (805) 491-0491

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    This message was distributed using the SantaRosaValley Announcements List.

  • James T Fortney James T Fortney

    The following was distributed via the Santa Rosa Valley Announcements List on 9/13/12.

    FOLLOWING MESSAGE FORWARDED AT REQUEST OF PAM JOHNSON

    Please forward to everyone you know in SRV. Tuesday the 18th is an important meeting for us to show if we care about this issue. So many people are totally unaware and should have the right to their say, whether for or against. Thank you!
    Pamela Johnson
    Business Manager
    (805) 491-0491

    Begin forwarded message:

    From: Merrill Berge < camarillosustainablegrowth@gmail.com>
    Subject: More cars on Santa Rosa Rd as alternate route to Conejo Grade
    Date: September 13, 2012 10:55:11 AM PDT

    Impacts on Santa Rosa Valley Road -Conejo Creek development at the bottom of the Conejo Grade

    Hello Santa Rosa Valley Residents,

    The Conejo Creek development of 2,500 residential units (most being 2 or 3 story multi-family units at 18+/acre) on the 740 acres of farmland at the bottom of the Conejo Grade will directly affect your area.

    The recently released Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) predicts that with the cumulative development in Camarillo and the 40,000 average daily car trips this project would add in particular, the 101 Freeway/Conejo Grade area will be a Level of Service “F” – the worst.

    There is no doubt that when commuters realize the scenic Santa Rosa Valley Road alternative to this gridlock, they will take it!

    You need to ask the Planning Commission at the PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday 9/18 at 7:30 pm in the Camarillo City Hall Council Chambers to examine this situation more completely. The Draft EIR does not. It only examines the Upland/Santa Rosa Rd. intersection which will supposedly only be a Level of Service “C” with the “improvements” planned, but not necessarily funded. (see below)

    We hope you will take this opportunity to voice your concerns to the Planning Commission. It is a very important meeting for your input. If your concerns are not voiced here and now, you will have no legal recourse to object in the future.

    Thank-you,
    Merrill Berge
    Camarillo Sustainable Growth
    http://www.camarillosustainablegrowth.org
    camarillosustainablegrowth@gmail.com

    From Conejo Creek Draft EIR – section 4.15, page 13

    http://www.ci.camarillo.ca.us/docs/60266.pdf

    As shown, the Specific Plan is estimated to generate 40,948 daily trips, with 3,905 trips in the AM peak hour and 3,750 trips in the PM peak hour.

    Approximately 26 percent of Specific Plan traffic would be oriented toward the north on U.S. 101 and 20 percent toward the south on U.S. 101. Approximately 28 percent would be oriented toward the west on Pleasant Valley Road, and approximately 16 percent would be oriented toward the north on Santa Rosa Road.

    approx. 600 more cars headed your way during peak traffic hours.

    At the intersection of Santa Rosa Road and Upland Drive, the intersection would operate at LOS E during the AM peak hour and LOS D during the PM peak hour without the proposed Specific Plan, which exceeds the City’s LOS C standard. The Specific Plan would worsen the ICU values at this location and, hence, would exceed the City’s threshold during the AM and PM peak hour.

    T-2(b) Santa Rosa Road and Upland Drive. Improvements to mitigate the Specific Plan’s impact at this location shall involve adding a second eastbound left turn lane. Because the intersection is deficient under no-Specific Plan conditions, the Specific Plan is responsible for its fair share of the cost of the improvement at Santa Rosa Road and Upland Drive rather than being fully responsible for implementing the improvement.

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  • James T Fortney James T Fortney

    The Public Hearing held on September 18th has been continued to December 4th, 7 PM, at the Camarillo City Hall Council Chambers, 601 Carmen Dr. The number of individuals that wanted to speak on the Proposed Draft EIR was so large that the hearing had to be continued.

  • WebMaster WebMaster

    The final hearing on the Draft EIR before the Camarillo Planning Commission will be held on:

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm,
    in the Council Chamber at:

    601 Carmen Dr
    Camarillo CA 93010

    Link to the Camarillo City EIR information.

    Link to the Camarillo Sustainable Growth Website.

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