Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves New Commercial Drilling Business

By Sheryl Hamlin

Item 8A. 2016-CDP-05

Ventura Directional Drilling has chosen Santa Paula for a new location at 17902 East Telegraph Road, a parcel that was annexed into Santa Paula in 2013 with the East Gateway annexation. At that time, the zoning was changed to Highway Commercial.

From the East Area Two documents, the .93 acre site is shown adjacent to the Santa Paula creek in the “annexation area” but not in the East Area Two Specific Plan area.


The image below from Google Maps, shows the location near the intersection of Main and Harvard Streets.



This image, also from Google Maps, shows the current conditions, formerly the site of Ruben’s tires. According to the staff report, the property was foreclosed in 2014 and bought out of foreclosure in 2014; however the county shows it changing hands again in 2016 with all taxes paid.



Increase in Santa Paula Property Tax

Based on the County Assesssor website, the property value has increased significantly since the most recent ownership change in 2016 when it was reassessed. Click here and lookup parcel 107-0-030-010.

From the county records, note that with the East Area 1 annexation in 2013, the city’s property tax rolls began to return to “pre-crash” levels of 2007-2008.

Four Permits Required

Because it is not envisioned that the East Area highway commercial will extend north, the subject property is now to be downzoned to Light Industrial which is representative of neighboring businesses. The four permits will be:

  • Zoning Change – downzone from Highway Commercial
  • Conditional Use Permit – required by Santa Paula code in this zoning category
  • Landscaping Review
  • Sign Review



The applicant proposes to renovate the existing structure, install a new security fence, signage and landscaping. The owner’s representative said that one of the benefits of the project was to clean up a blighted parcel. The list below taken from the applicant’s submittal enumerates the improvements.

The elevation below shows a crisp industrial business augmented with native landscaping.

The applicant’s representative Ben Turner of Robert William Company pointed out that such an investment will be a magnet to attract further investment and development in the area. There will be 12 new employees per the staff report.

The project was approved unanimously and will now be heard by the City Council.

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