by Kelly Long, Parent & Citizen of Camarillo
UPDATE: From Dave Norman, Director,Department of Community Development,City of Camarillo. He would like you to know that City Council will not be taking any action on the annexation application the evening of March 13. That will happen later at a noticed public hearing after the OUHSD Board certifies the EIR for the proposed project.
On the 13th the Council will merely be reviewing the Alternative Site Analysis and consider whether to concur with the OUHSD’s choice of the preferred site, a choice we anticipate the Board making on their Wednesday 2/27 evening meeting.
Several of you had talked to me about your concerns with the status of the new Camarillo high school. Below is an update from the last meeting I attended on the Camarillo Academy High School Alternative Site. If you have an opinion on the Camarillo Academy High school and its site, I have attached where and who to send the emails to. Your feedback to the Oxnard Union High School District and the City of Camarillo always appreciated.
I attended the meeting on February 7th put on by the Oxnard Union High School District. This meeting was to inform Camarillo citizens about their latest report on Camarillo Academy High School Alternate Site Evaluation. My understanding is that this report is part of the annexation process governed by Ventura County Local Agency Formation Commission. Ventura County’s LAFCO has to have this report before they can allow the City of Camarillo to annex the land that is prosed by OUHSD as the site for the new high school. The current proposed site is outside the city limits and sphere influence. This is similar to the process for the city was required to go through for the Camarillo Library. The property has to be within city boundaries because the high school’s utility and sewer lines, as well as road and police services, would be managed by Camarillo. Out of 94 parcels they reviewed, they have chosen 7 potential sites to further evaluate. Based on the discussions at the meeting it seems that there is only 1 true location that is viable based on all of the findings such as fault lines, flood zones, noise, traffic, road conditions, site near a neighborhood, acreage needed for the school, etc. Attached is the report for you to make your own decisions. Also, if you want to read the Acorn’s article on the meeting click here.
Now the approval process is coming up! This Wednesday, February 27th, the Oxnard Union High School District is supposed to review this report and hopefully make some decisions. Once they agree what to do, they will bring it up to the City of Camarillo. The City council will then vote whether to ask the formation commission to annex the property. It is tentative that they will do that on March 13th. They invite your comments and observations concerning the alternative site assessment process and the sites identified for consideration.
Email to our City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org (before March 13th). The more they hear from our citizen the better!