By Michael Hernandez
THOUSAND OAKS—Community residents will be able to share their vision of how they believe Thousand Oaks should grow in upcoming community workshops focused on the first new General Plan in over 50 years.
A community workshop has been planned for Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Robles Greens Golf Course Sunset Ballroom with another community forum planned on Wednesday, Oct. 2nd at the City Hall Scherr Forum Theatre at 6 p.m. Other pop up workshops will be held on Sundays at The Civic Arts Plaza from 1-4 p.m. and at the 25th anniversary of City Hall and on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rotary Club Street Fair. A City Council Study Session will also meet at the Andrew P. Fox City Council Chambers on Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 6 p.m.
“It is our responsibility that this general plan be updated into the future,” said Mayor Rob McCoy. “Community vision is critical. This is not City Council’s vision. We want the entire community to participate. Our success and the ability for our city remaining vibrant, depends on community participation.”
City residents seeking more information on Thousand Oaks 2045 can go to the general plan website link at: https://www.toaks2045.org.
The website states: “Thousand Oaks 2045 is planning for tomorrow, today! Comprehensively updating a General Plan is a complex task. It involves research and analysis, the evaluation of current and future trends, creating new policies and regulations, developing a regulatory document, and preparing an environmental impact report.”
In other action, the Thousand Oaks City Council approved:
- The 2019 Municipal Energy Action plan which has a five-year-goal of reducing energy use by 15 percent by 2024 from 2010 usage at the 14 city facilities. If successful, the city would receive a savings of $300,000.
- Approved a one-year time extension for submitting a formal application for residential development of the affordable housing project (172 Measure E units that include townhomes and senior housing apartments) located on 10 acres of property at 449 East Wilbur Road (the former site of Pinecrest School).
- Mayor Rob McCoy presented a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day (Aug. 26) with information on the Women’s Rights Movement presented by the National Women’s History Alliance (nwhp.org.) and a formal invitation given to the Saturday, Sept. 14 annual fall breakfast of the Thousand Oaks Chapter of the American Association of University Women at the Moorpark Country Club starting at 8:15 a.m. Cost is $35.
- The Thousand Oaks City Council adjourned before 9 p.m. with the first two hours devoted to more than 45 public comments which encompassed passionate arguments asking for a City Council letter against gun shows at the Ventura County Fairgrounds (this protest was organized by Indivisible: Conejo and featured two parents of last year’s Borderline Bar shooting victims) and comments given by both supporters and critics of the education conference held at Godspeak Calvary Chapel on Saturday, August 10.
Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He has worked 25 years as a middle school teacher. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].
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