Council, Planning Commission joint Fagan Canyon workshop Tuesday

February 11, 2005
Santa Paula City Council

The City Council will hold a special joint meeting with the Planning Commission Tuesday at the Community Center for a workshop on the proposed development of Fagan Canyon.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesThe City Council will hold a special joint meeting with the Planning Commission Tuesday at the Community Center for a workshop on the proposed development of Fagan Canyon. The February 15 meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the center, located at the corner of Main Street and Steckel Drive. The meeting will be televised live on Adelphia cable Channel 10 and be rebroadcast on later dates.The proposed development in Fagan Canyon by Centex Homes would create 2,139 homes, school, parks and other support services. Some critics of the project who are urging that it be downscaled due to possible traffic impacts – led by John Wisda - have now formed a political action committee to address the proposed development on the city’s northern border.Prior to the Fagan Canyon presentation, the council will address a resolution supporting the reorganization plan for Santa Paula Memorial Hospital; disposition of The Mill, an issue that was continued from the February 7 council meeting; and appointments to The Mill Advisory Committee.
An area landmark The Mill – located in the Railroad Plaza – has been the center of an ongoing rent dispute between the city and the Hengehold family, which has owned the circa 1880s building for more than 50 years. Recently the city, Santa Paula Community Fund and the Ventura County Transportation Commission – which owns the land leased to the city beneath The Mill – discussed a partnership for building ownership and rehabilitation.The resolution in support of the Creditors’ Reorganization Plan comes on the heels of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s order to move forward with the plan; the city’s resolution targets creditors and is urging plan support from same. The issue was abruptly continued with little comment at the February 7 meeting.The Fagan Canyon workshop is the first in a series to be held for the public as well as the council and Planning Commission, and follows almost two years of public meetings on the proposed development. The workshop presentation by representatives of Centex Homes will be informational only, and there will no action by either the council or the commission on the project.



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