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The Agoura Village Specific Plan

"protecting view corridors"

The Agoura Village Specific Plan is replete with assurances that the natural resources and view sheds that make this area unique will be respected and maintained. Below are several examples of this in the form of screenshots of text taken right off the pages of the AVSP. It is unfortunate, then, that these tenets of guiding document have been set aside for some pending Agoura Village Projects.

Section 1-9 of the Plan states, "Development in Agoura Village will be designed to respect and fit into the natural surroundings by protecting view corridors, retaining oak trees, preserving rock outcroppings..."  The City's Oak Tree Ordinance allows removal of 10% of protected oak trees from a building site, however, the currently pending Cornerstone Project threatens removal of 161 of 199 oak trees on the site.  The currently pending AVE project will line Agoura Rd with 45 foot rooftops that will block the view of the Santa Monica Mountains, the afternoon sun and, in particular, Ladyface Mountain. It also blocks the view of the specifically protected knoll on that site. 

AVE Development blocking Ladyface Mountain view

The City of Agoura Hills voted against the use of story poles for all upcoming Agoura Village Projects. Here, a volunteer holds a 10 foot pole which has been quadrupled to simulate 40 feet of the 45 foot AVE project rooftops. The AVE Project does not "protect view corridors". This view blocks Ladyface Mountain.

AVE retail & residential rendering

AVE Developer's rendering of Agoura Road lined with 3-story buildings with no setbacks and diagonal street parking, deliberately placed to slow traffic on Agoura Road.

natural habitat and views in Santa Maria mountains

Page 2-19 of the AVSP (note this is a screenshot from the actual AVSP, including misspelling/misidentification of mountains)

site grading and natural resources protection

Page 4-46 of the AVSP

Agoura Hills Natural resource preservation

Page 1-13 of the AVSP

santa monica natural resource preservation

Page 4-46 of the AVSP. Resources should be preserved for the "visual enjoyment" of all. 

excerpt from the AVSP

Page 4-46 of the AVSP

cited from the AVSP

page 5-66 of the AVSP

A protected knoll exists on the site where the AVE Project site. The AVSP specifically protects this knoll, as seen in excerpts from the plan, below. Yet, the protected knoll will be blocked from public view by a three-story hotel to be built right in front of it. 

AVE Project site rendering

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AVE Developer's rendering of the southeast corner of the intersection of Kanan and Agoura Roads. In addition to the 45' foot rooftops lining Agoura Road, note the 3-story hotel at the right of rendering. It will be built directly in front of the protected knoll on that site, blocking it from view.  

AVE property Zone plans

Page 4-46 of the AVSP

AVE project - knoll avoidance

Page 136 of the AVSP

Agoura Village Zone Map

The AVE Project is planned for Zone A. It will be a projected 18.45 acres and located at the southeast corner of Kanan & Agoura Roads. Notice the green rectangle marked "Zone G" on the AVE Project site. That is the protected knoll. The Project's 3-story Marriott Hotel will block this knoll from public view. 

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