City is losing its character

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TO the acorn stick

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?

Kim Zussmann
A thousand oaks

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