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New Townhome Project Proposed, Community Input Sought

The developer is proposing a multi-family dwelling on a parcel near Old Agoura.

The City of Agoura Hills is seeking public input for a proposed 18-unit townhome development slated for a 1-acre parcel near Old Agoura, according to the City website.

The multifamily complex is to consist of eight buildings the vacant lot at the southeast corner of Driver Avenue and Chesebro Road at Palo Comado Canyon Road, reports The Acorn.

To approve a housing development at this site, city officials would have to convert zoning from commercial retail to high-density residential, the report said.

The builder will need a permit to remove four oak trees and encroach on several others, said the newspaper. City approval is also required to build a retaining wall and common open areas such as pools, barbecue grills or playgrounds, The Acorn reports.

Public hearings on the project are scheduled to go to the planning commission and City Council in July and August and the deadline for written public comments on the project is June 25, according to the City website.

The parcel lies within a few hundred feet of the Partners in Learning Preschool, the Agoura Hills Senior Retreat, the Old Agoura Equestrian Center and singlefamily residences, The Acorn said.

According to a report created by the city and Rincon Consultants Inc., landowner Aitan Hillel of Pasadena indicated that the dwellings will be available for rent, thus making the project consistent with the city’s goal to develop more affordable housing, reports The Acorn.

The preliminary study found that any potential effect on traffic, biological resources and cultural resources could be reduced to less than significant levels, and the applicant must agree to those mitigations if the city is to issue permits for the project, Planning Director Mike Kamino told the newspaper.

“Although the proposed project could have a significant effect on the environment, there would not be a significant effect in this case because revisions in the project have been made by or agreed to by the applicant,” Doug Hooper, assistant community development director, told The Acorn.

The documents detailing the complete project are available at , at the , and at www.ci.agoura-hills.ca.us.

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