North Business Park Specific Plan
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In October of 2009, the City Council contracted with The Arroyo Group to prepare a study on the potential for improvements to development within the Business Park Area north of the 101 Freeway and west of Lindero Canyon Road. The City Council also created an Ad-hoc Committee to work with The Arroyo Group. The study evaluated a number of technical areas, including real estate valuation, economic viability, land use compatibility, infrastructure adequacy, landscape and open space considerations, and parking and traffic constraints.
A series of meetings in 2010 and 2011 were held with a variety of stakeholders, including property owners in the area, commercial real estate professionals, and representatives of homeowners associations within the City. These meetings were instrumental in obtaining input into possible directions that future development could take. In response, The Arroyo Group and the City Council's Ad-hoc Committee developed a number of potential development alternatives for consideration.
In May of 2011, the Ad-hoc Committee recommended a preferred development alternative to the City Council, at which time the City Council directed staff and The Arroyo Group to proceed with preparation of a Specific Plan utilizing the preferred development concept. However, in 2014, the Planning Department put this plan on hold as traffic studies in the Draft Environmental Impact Report indicated that the preferred development alternative would result in unacceptable traffic impacts. Various alternative mitigation methods were investigated until an alternative plan with greatly reduced traffic impacts was arrived at in 2017. This new land use plan decreased the proposed intensity of the original land use plan by about 35%, and changed the land use mix to reduce traffic congestion during peak hours. In 2018, Civic Solutions was brought on board to revise the plan document, and and PSOMAS was brought on to prepare a revised EIR.
The purpose of this plan is to guide the redevelopment of the business park area by providing a plan which offers property owners an economic incentive to re-invest in their properties. The incentive may be in the form of a changed land use or additional floor area permitted, or it may be as simple as providing a process which reduces property owner risk by virtue of the fact that the City has indicated acceptable development concepts and that the required environmental review is largely completed.
In an effort to help explain the North Business Park Specific Plan and its ramifications, a list of Frequently Asked Questions and responses to those questions has been prepared. As more questions come in, this document may be updated in the future. Please check back periodically for updated information.
The Draft Environmental Impact Report is now within the 45 day public review period from March 29 to May 15, 2019. This document can be reviewed at City Hall, at the Westlake Village Library, or may be downloaded here. Technical Appendices containing the data upon which the analysis in the EIR was based can be found here. Please send all comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report to Scott Wolfe, Planning Director/Deputy City Manager at Westlake Village City Hall, 31200 Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91361. or by email to Scott@wlv.org. Comments must be received no later than 5:00 pm on May 15, 2019 to be included in the Final EIR document.
This item is expected to be discussed at a study session of the City Council on April 10, 2019 and at the regular City Council meeting of April 24, 2019, with another public activity to be scheduled in May. These meetings and activities will be opportunities for education and public comment only. No decision can be made on this plan outside of a noticed public hearing. A public hearing on this matter is expected in June.
Questions regarding the Specific Plan, the Environmental Impact Report, and the process for review of these documents, may be directed to the Planning Department.