Neighbors upset over prefab plan

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – After a failed effort to build apartments in Santa Susana Knolls, a developer wants to bring in manufactured homes, to the dismay of some neighbors. Gary Gorian of Colton Lee Communities recently submitted plans to the Ventura County Planning Department to install up to 150 prefabricated homes on a 23-acre former horse farm. He originally had proposed a three-story, 250-unit apartment complex for the Katherine Road parcel, but residents objected to a high-density project. “In the spirit of compromise, we’ve eliminated all the apartments, substantially reduced the density, while still preserving our ability to provide work-force, affordable and some component of farmworker housing,” Gorian said. “It’s ludicrous,” Knolls resident Barbara Johnson said. “They want to put an urban development in a rural area.” Residents also are concerned about the project’s impact on roads, sewers and Ventura County Fire Department services. The plan is expected to go through the formal review process next year. Ventura County Supervisor Judy Mikels, who represents the area, has asked the developer to meet with residents. Several meetings this year have been less than successful, said Jarrod DeGonia, a Mikels staffer. “Not a lot was accomplished,” he said. “There was a lot of animosity on both sides.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Factory-built homes are usually less expensive than traditional tract homes and are ready for occupancy relatively quickly. With home prices skyrocketing, low- and moderate-income families need such a project, Gorian said. The structures would be built in a factory and delivered to the vacant parcel, where they would be assembled. Amenities would include hiking trails, a swimming pool, a clubhouse and more. The residents would lease space from Gorian’s company. “The home would be put in their lot,” he said. “They own the home and we own and manage the property.” Nearby homeowners said the project would not fit with the area’s rural character, although Gorian said the homes – don’t call them trailers, he said – will be compatible with the neighborhood’s look. last_img

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