Council takes first step to bring Low Income Senior Housing to Simi Valley

By Debra Tash

At their July 25th 2016 meeting the Simi Valley Council gave their approval at a pre-screening hearing for a proposed high density apartment project to be developed on what is currently designated for use as a community.  The Parks and Recreation District headquarters, which is relocating to Guardian Street, is currently located on the site.


The proposal is for an average of 23 units per acre (very high density being 21 to 25 units per acre) to be built on the 13.39 acre parcel.   There will be 105 senior/low income apartments and 212 market rate (prevailing rental fee) apartments  The project is boarded by Sycamore Drive and Los Angeles Ave, with the Arroyo Simi (a flood control channel) to the east. It’s currently surrounded by high/medium density development along with a small commercial office.  



It will be built out by a Public-Private Partnership between, USA Properties, a 35 year old development company and the Area Housing Authority of Ventura County.  The current designation does allow for medium to high density development.  The applicants are asking for it to be very high density. 


Conceptual rendering


USA Properties,  a 35 year old company, has constructed affordable and market rate communities in California and Nevada  Sixty percent of their portfolio is for senior living.  Their representative, Art May, promised the Council that this project will help the City with its RHNA Numbers (Regional Housing Needs Assessment) which are determined by the Regional government agency, SCAG, Southern California Area Government.  These numbers are based on current population and income levels and determine how many low income housing units should be build in a community. Mr. May said that USA will generate $100,000 in property taxes and pay $3,000,000 in impact fees.

One resident spoke that he was concerned about increased traffic.  He was promised that he would be placed on a list to be notified of future hearings on the project and General Plan change etc., including those to be held at the local Neighbor Council, Planning Commission and Council.

The Parks and Recreation District is in favor of the project and of selling the property to the applicants.

The Council voted to move forward with the process. Staff_Report – USA Project

The Council also voted to accept the SOAR ballot question, whether or not the no growth initiative should be extended from 2020 to 205o, for the November election.  Mayor Pro Tem Keith Mashburn and Council Member Mike Judge were nominated to write an objection, if the Council deems one necessary, to be included with the sample ballot. 



Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.

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One Response to Council takes first step to bring Low Income Senior Housing to Simi Valley

  1. William "Bill" Hicks July 26, 2016 at 10:49 am

    What may seem a kind thing here could end up being a harbinger of things to come for all of us, regardless of our age.

    WOOPIE! Section 8 housing for everyone.


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