Vol. 10, No. 2 – October 26 – November 8, 2016 – Mailbox

A Beach Community

Sinking are surfers that move over the tide but rise with faith on their boards to throw them beachside….the seagulls squawk to see a wave challenging their flight off a swell to explore schools of fish where children behave….Ventura’s a beach sandy to a pier like a picture held together by stained glass and a wooden square..


Is this what replaced the RAP?

Council often asks citizens, “Where have you been for the past months or years” and “why is this just now coming up”   I ask this question of this new process and first test case under it .

If we are going to have good Design Review or Planning Commission folks, aren’t we micro managing to have council second guess them and staff after their many meetings with and investment by developers

This also begs the issue Neal Andrews raised and City Attorney  Greg Diaz affirmed about councilmembers fine legal  line on expressing personal opinion / support or opposition on projects?

I think we all agree that something is broken in this process.  We have been trying to fix it for many years.  I hope we all agree that Uncertainty is the  worst thing of all for anyone considering new development in our City.

Is it time to reconsider this New Call Up Rule?

Mike L Merewether-Ventura

Residential Allocation Program (RAP)

On April 13, 2015, the City Council voted to create a residential allocation program (RAP)to accomplish three goals:

  • Provide the City Council authority and discretion over the housing types, pace of growth, and quality of residential development
  • Thoughtful allocation of limited City resources and services, such as water, land, sewer, and transportation, to ensure that high priority residential projects are developed in appropriate areas
  • Ensure a range of housing types that accommodate all income levels, from executive estates to affordable housing units


City Council

Several months ago, the Pierpont Community Council (PCC)passed a resolution wherein a request was made by the Pierpont Community Council to the City to effect a temporary moratorium on the issuance of new permits for Short-Term Rentals.  We wish to thank the Council for recognizing our resolution and bringing it forward for consideration this evening.  The majority of Short-Term Rentals occur in Pierpont and, therefore, impact our membership.

To be clear, the Pierpont Community Council has not taken a position either way on the existence of the practice itself, as there are Pierpont property owners on both sides of the issue.  We have, however, concluded that there should be a “time-out” on the issuance of new permits so that the City can further review 1) its legality, 2) the code itself, and 3) code enforcement measures that are in place.  We strongly urge that you rule in favor of a temporary moratorium.

Thank you,

Dan Scully, President PCC

Breeze: Because two City Council  members were recused from this decision and one was not present it was not possible for the City Council to vote on placing a moratorium but they instructed staff to prepare further information for their consideration. City officials plan to hold two community meetings to get input on the rentals and then have a group of stakeholders meet various times after that. The group will return with recommendations to the council in four to six months.

Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
 ~ Voltaire

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