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Santa Paula Council Approves First Historic Designation in Over Two Decades

Santa Paula Council Approves First Historic Designation in Over Two Decades

By Sheryl Hamlin This column has been following the Hardison property since 2014 when Williams Homes acquired the 20 acre site from the Procter estate. The originally proposed site plan consisted of 58 homes, relocated barn and all other structures and landscape removed. Read those reports here. Other responses to City Planning documents are here […]

Santa Paula | Final Tract Map for Historic Hardison House

Santa Paula | Final Tract Map for Historic Hardison House

By Sheryl Hamlin At the September 19, 2018 Santa Paula City Council meeting, the tract map for the Hardison House remainder parcel surrounded by 36 units from Williams Homes was approved 3-0 with Council Member Procter recusing and Council Member Hernandez resigned. History Williams Homes bought this property in January 2014. The Ciyty’s planning consultant […]

Santa Paula: Geological Hazard Abatement District (GHAD)

Santa Paula: Geological Hazard Abatement District (GHAD)

By Sheryl Hamlin What is a GHAD? A GHAD is a mechanism to collect funding in perpetuity for areas with long-term, unsolvable geologic issues where properties have been located. By forming the GHAD, the city or county in which the GHAD is formed is relieved of the obligation to pay in the event of a […]

Santa Paula Council: Williams Homes 1 Limoneira/Lewis 0

Santa Paula Council: Williams Homes 1 Limoneira/Lewis 0

By Sheryl Hamlin Development on Historic Hardison House Approved After several reductions in size and one lawsuit, Williams Homes has prevailed at the City Council level with a new site plan consisting of fewer homes, larger lots and the use of a planning tool called a “Remainder Parcel” to segregate the Hardison house, barn and […]

Lawsuit Filed Against City of Santa Paula and Developer -Williams Homes Over Approval of Development of Historic Property

Lawsuit Filed Against City of Santa Paula and Developer -Williams Homes Over Approval of Development of Historic Property

Case Number: 56-2016-00487940-CU-WM-VTA The San Buenaventura Conservancy and the Santa Paula Conservancy have filed suit against the City of Santa Paula and Williams Homes, Inc., because the city’s approval of demolition of part of a historical landmark and development of tract homes on the property is in violation of the law.  The Project No. 14-CDP-02/VTTM No. 5928 violates the California Environmental […]

Santa Paula: Council Approves Subtopia on Historic Property

Santa Paula: Council Approves Subtopia on Historic Property

By Sheryl Hamlin In front of an overflowing chamber, The Santa Paula Council voted 3-1 to approve a 41 unit subdivision by Williams Homes on the site of the twenty acre Historic Hardison Farmstead in Santa Paula. Note that Council Member Procter recused himself from the discussion saying he lived on the property a number […]

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves Santa Clarita Style Tract Development for Historic Hardison House

Santa Paula: Planning Commission Approves Santa Clarita Style Tract Development for Historic Hardison House

By Sheryl Hamlin Density versus preservation? That was the question of the evening, as the Santa Paula Planning Commission labored for about three hours on the proposed Williams Homes project at 1226 Ojai Road in Santa Paula. The historic Hardison family home has been the subject of two previous articles: Planning Commission initial hearing and […]