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It’s amazing how quickly Thousand Oaks is transforming from a slow-growing, semi-rural, sparse suburb to another burgeoning San Fernando Valley.
Recently, the Sacramento planners pushed ahead with their war on suburbs and single-family homes, imposing a dictate: Cities are no longer allowed to control their own zoning and must now submit to developers who build high-density housing.
The Thousand Oaks leaders wasted no time pushing through a far-reaching plan that was much denser than necessary. And the far-fetched idea that high-rise apartments could be built in the parking lots of underperforming shopping malls and shopping malls has quickly become a reality.
Now the city plans to sell the distressed Lakes property to Caruso for below market value in order to approve the development of high-rise apartments on the site. And over time, the developer pays the city more money – higher amounts for more units.
This important decision has irreversible consequences.
Once the Lakes property is “apartment”, it will open the lock gates for another high-density residential development at The Oaks Mall, Janss Marketplace, and other locations.
Overbuilding is permanent – and with all these apartments our quality of life will be like in other metropolitan areas – with crowds, traffic, pollution and crime.
Is it the mission of the Thousand Oaks executives to maximize revenue or to save and protect the Conejo Valley from urban decay?
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