PLAZA PARK MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT #15391 
701 E. SANTA CLARA STREET
INTERSECTION OF SANTA CLARA AND FIR STREET
FIVE STORY BUILDING  CONSISTING OF 87 UNITS (7 BELOW MARKET RATE) AND
2,407 SQ. FT. OF COMMERCIAL SPACE
View the project on the City's website here:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl=en&mid=1xnAw7sjhtCsnpCMODfpItdnsMwtVFLe_&ll=34.27974939999999%2C-119.2898076&z=12

CITY CONTACT: LEVI HILL Principal Planner
lhill@cityofventura.ca.gov
  • Developer is requesting 2 concessions for including below market-rate units (referred to as "affordable" units).
  • Located in the T5.1 Mixed Use Zone which allows 3.25 stories. Developer is requesting 5 full stories with rooftop decks which is not permitted because it will block ocean and mountain views.
  • 80 residential parking spaces for 87 units. There are 18 2-bedroom units (presumably more than one occupant per unit) so there is less than 1 parking space per unit. 
  • Parking concession of .5 spaces per unit is requested because they are 1/2 mile from a major bus stop. Ventura does not have a transit hub near here with scheduled stops every 15 minutes or less during morning and afternoon rush hours. Cal. Pub. Resources code 21060.2
  • Nearest major transit stop (Amtrak station) is .6 miles away and does not serve the needs of many workers or commuters.
  • Very small setback from the sidewalk plus balconies leaving no room for shade trees or other landscaping despite the landscaping pictured.
MAPLE COURT - WITHDRAWN
BY DEVELOPER AFTER HUGE PUBLIC PROTESTS
PROJ 22-0121/PRAP-08-22-0006
290 Maple Court at Maple Street just East of Mills Road

PROPOSED 350-UNIT MULTIFAMILY APARTMENT COMPLEX
WITH 4900 SQUARE FEET OF COMMERCIAL SPACE
View the project on the City's website here:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl=en&mid=1xnAw7sjhtCsnpCMODfpItdnsMwtVFLe_&ll=34.27048279999998%2C-119.24512580000001&z=12

Contract Planner: Kim Zuppiger
nzayer@cityofventura.ca.gov
  • Five stories is proposed in an area adjacent to single-family homes
  • 2-3 levels of residential units over 2 levels of parking
  • 35 low income units
  • Contemporary theme does not fit the aesthetics of the area which includes homes with mid-century modern influences
  • Adding 350 units with potentially 500 to 700 vehicles trying to use one or two entrances will directly impact the neighborhood. 
  • Traffic study for the project is essential. The safety of pedestrians and children in the area must be considered.
  • Design looks almost exactly like Front and Kalorama (below) which also does not fit into Ventura's beach and coastal vibe.
 HILTON HOTEL PROJECT  #8165
CORNER OF FIGUEROA STREET AND HARBOR BOULEVARD

FOUR STORY BUILDING  PLUS ROOFTOP DECK 
160 ROOMS PLUS SWIMMING POOL, RESTAURANT, DAY SPA AND 
OTHER AMENITIES
View the project on the City's website here:
https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/31614/PROJ-8165_Hilton_DRC-sr

Contract Planner: Tamara Harrison
nzayer@cityofventura.ca.gov
  • Project was previously approved by the Planning Commission in 2009 but permit expired in 2013.
  • Design Review Committee reviewed the project 5 times in 2014 and 2015
  • Design was changed from Art-Deco Embassy Suites to a Spanish Eclectic/ Santa Barbara influence with more of a contemporary edge 
  • Shared grassy area called Promenade Park will host events
  • Improvements to crosswalk at railroad crossing on Harbor Boulevard
  • Fairgrounds parking lot across the street will be used for events and a crosswalk will be added for pedestrians
 ANASTASI MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT #15022 

INTERSECTION OF HARBOR AND SEAWARD CONSISTING OF 97 CONDOMINIUMS IN 15 BUILDINGS AND
19,493 SQ. FT. OF COMMERCIAL SPACE
View the project on the City's website here:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl=en&mid=1xnAw7sjhtCsnpCMODfpItdnsMwtVFLe_&ll=34.26532540000001%2C-119.2712101&z=12

CITY CONTACT: KEVIN KOHAN, Contract Planner
dsanders@cityofventura.gov 
  • Developer is requesting a variance for an elevation of 65 feet. It will be 53 feet tall along Seaward and Pierpont. Pierpont residents are not granted height variances for new construction so why is the city favoring developers?
  • Coastal Mixed Use Zone Chapter 24.295 "Facilitate development that respects the desired pedestrian scale and character of Ventura's coastal environment by avoiding massive, monolithic structures and instead encourage a series of smaller scale buildings fronting publicly accessible walkways, streets and/or open space(s)."
  • City is allowing the developer easements; eliminating the bike lane and relocating the sidewalk on Seaward to allow parking.
  • Egress from the project is unsafe and confusing because there are no left turns onto Pierpont or Seaward thus causing traffic problems.
  • Insufficient amount of parking for the live/work units.
  • Very small setback from the sidewalk leaving no room for shade trees or other landscaping.
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      Front St. / Laurel Community 

There are 522 units planned or under construction in the Laurel/Front area. Some are already underway and some are still in the planning process. These developments together will bring approximately 750 - 1,000 residents within a 4-5 block radius.

 
FRONT and KALORAMA PROJECT #14570

APPEALED BY DEVELOPER AFTER 6-0 DENIAL
BY PLANNING COMMISSION
HEARING AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH AT 6 P.M.

https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/agendacenter
A new 4 story apartment building with 88 units was submitted for 935 E. Front Street. This project is known as "Front and Kalorama" and was to be built in the current location of Tilly's Marine (boat storage yard). It is near the recently approved 4-story 46-unit condo building known as Front and Laurel and the 45 -unit project known as Kal-Thom at Kalorama and Thompson. 

The Planning Commissioners did not approve this project for the following reasons:
- Project exceeds the city's allowable percentage on the 4th floor (100% requested versus 15% allowed) which will completely block views of the mountains, ocean and sky. This was requested as a Density Bonus concession for including 14 affordable units.
- A lot this size is required by code to have 2 buildings or have the appearance of 2 buildings to avoid massing. They are violating the code (see photo below) and there is no attempt to look like 2 buildings except on 1 side, Front Street.
- Project is allowed by the Downtown Specific Plan (DTSP) to have only 30% of the units be stacked flats to avoid a boxy, monolithic feel. The developer is asking for 92% of the units to be stacked.
- Since Kal-Thom opened, there is a severe lack of adequate street parking for residents and there is less than 1 parking space per unit in this project.
- The building style is out of context and its character does not reflect the surrounding neighborhood.



THANK YOU to the community who showed up at the PC meeting and to all those who spoke so passionately about their Front Street neighborhood and beloved Ventura! Thank you to the Planning Commissioners who followed the DTSP and Ventura's Design Guidelines. PLEASE write letters and attend the City Council meeting on 11/14/22 at 6 p.m.!
 

Laurel Courts Proj-12046 on Front & Laurel

This project was approved but is now up for sale by the developers who never intended to build it!

 

 
 
TWO ELEVEN (PROJ-15299)
A NEW 6-STORY MIXED-USE BUILDING DOWNTOWN ON THE CORNER OF THOMPSON AND FIGUEROA WITH 94 UNITS AND 3,322 SQUARE FEET OF COMMERCIAL SPACE ON A .92 ACRE SITE.

THIS PROJECT WAS REVIEWED BY THE DESIGN REVIEW COMMITTEE ON 9/21/22 AND SENT BACK TO THE DEVELOPER FOR REVISIONS.
  • Project developer is the Daly Group who developed the Kal-Thom project currently under construction at Kalorama and Thompson.
  • The Downtown Specific Plan (the city's guidelines for building in the downtown area) restricts massing on a 4th floor to 75% and a 5th floor to 25%.

Contact: Gene Burse, Contract Planner
gburse@cityofventura.ca.gov

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