Calabasas weighs open space, resort

first_imgCALABASAS – City voters will cast ballots Tuesday on an ordinance that would protect open space and an advisory question on a proposed resort. The advisory vote, Measure C, asks whether Calabasas should annex about 152 acres on Mulholland Highway east of Las Virgenes Road for the Malibu Valley Inn and Spa – a proposed 203-room resort, plus five estate homes and facilities for swimming, equestrian use, tennis, spa, restaurant, winery, shops and conference rooms. This project would be in lieu of one project for up to 81 estate homes that would be built on 443 acres in unincorporated Los Angeles County. The Board of Supervisors already has approved the project. The Calabasas city attorney’s impartial analysis of Measure C says an environmental impact report for the proposed housing project and a draft environmental report for the resort annexation indicated the housing project would generate 948 weekday vehicle trips, compared with 1,878 weekday vehicle trips for the proposed resort. “Approval of the Calabasas Open Space Initiative will help preserve existing areas of open space in our city,” supporters said in the official argument in favor of Measure D. There was no official argument submitted opposed to Measure D. Both Measure C and Measure D require a simple majority vote. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Supporters of the resort say it would reduce grading and disturbed areas by more than 400 percent compared with the housing project, cut building square footage in half, and save more than 300 acres from development. Mary Hubbard of the Malibu Canyon Community Association argued against Measure C, saying the resort would introduce commercial zoning near parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains area and might increase traffic problems there. Because Measure C is advisory only, it does not bind the city, property owner or Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission, which must also approve such an annexation. Measure D, on the other hand, is a proposed city ordinance designed to protect open space by requiring approval by two-thirds of the voters of any designation of lands classified as open space in the Calabasas general plan. This would leave the city’s voters with the ultimate choice of whether open space land should be converted to other uses. If it is approved it would take effect 10 days after the City Council certifies the results of the election. last_img read more