On Wed night, the Westlake Village City Council will consider and is expected to vote on the proposal from Selleck Design Group for the retail shopping center to be developed on Lot “C” … where the Lowe’s and Opus projects were previously planned.
Realistically, the Council is deciding whether this should be zoned for retail (which means the approval of this project), or if it should remain zoned for office buildings to be built. Residential is not a possibility because of deed restrictions. And, it cannot realistically remain open space or become a park — it’s private property and the owners have well defined rights, just as a homeowner does. While the City cannot decide what should go on a property, it can judge whether something meets the rules, or if a proposed project would serve the City better.
The most commonly discussed issues amongst residents and in the City related to the proposed development are:
* impact of traffic congestion
– retail has slightly more car trips, but causes no real congestion since they are spread out throughout the day
– office buildings cause congestion bad enough to force intersections to “fail”, impact focused on AM/PM peak times.
* type of retail (brands and types of retail)
* sales tax revenue to the City (retail provides revenue, office buildings do not)
* look of design and signage (color of signs, types and quantities)
* environmental impact report (of all types)
* development agreement (parameters City would require if approved)
* and others.
The latest 3D renderings are now available, and are included below for reader perusal.
The City Council of the City of Westlake Village will conduct a public hearing to consider an application from Selleck Design Group for several items in a package of permits, amendments, and agreements that would allow the authorization of a 243,000 square foot retail shopping center located on the southeast side of Russell Ranch Road, within Planning Area C of the Westlake North Specific Plan.
The Public Hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m., May 9, 2012, in the City Council Chambers located at 31200 Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village, California. Testimony regarding the proposed project may be presented at that time.
Materials pertaining to the proposed project are available for public review at the above address, Westlake Village City Hall, beginning April 27, 2012.
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