Help Needed at Calabasas City Council Meeting on June 14, 2017
Written by Stephanie Abronson
Saturday, 10 June 2017 17:39

HELP!!!! Calabasas - City Council Agenda for June 14, 2017

The more equestrian bodies attending this Calabasas City Council REGULAR MEETING – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2017, the more impact we will have.

 

 

For those of you who need a start on a letter to the City of Calabasas, here are some ideas for you:

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, commemorates an epic journey in 1775-76 of settlers and soldiers from central Mexico to San Francisco By, led by Lt. Col. Juan Bautista de Anza.  The trail is 1,200 miles, and operated by the National Park Service since 1990.  Thousands of hikers and equestrians explore this historic route each year.

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trailhead will be visually buried behind the Rondell Oasis Hotel – completely out-of-sight – from all roadways nearby.

There is no CRITICAL designation by road frontage for SIGNAGE that the trailhead location is behind the hotel.

There is no CRITICAL allocation for horsetrailer or school bus parking or adequate turn-around for large vehicles, such as stated in the United States Department of Agriculture and Forest Service requirements, December 2007, “Equestrian Design Guidebook for trails, Trailheads, and Campgrounds, Chapter 8 – Designing Roads and Parking Areas.

This directive book was developed with the cooperation of the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.

Also critically neglected are the major needs of the public who wish to use this trailhead, as it is a major connection to the Millennium Trail and the Las Virgenes View Trailleading south to Malibu Creek State Park and the National Backbone Trail (67 miles) of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.  To the north, with a little difficulty negotiating the public roadways, this Anza Trailhead leads into the old Ahmanson Ranch, now parklands leading into the Simi Hills and Valley, Santa Susanna parklands, and eventually to the east, the Rim of the Valley (San Fernando valley) Trail.

Also Critically missing are bathrooms and potable water for all trail users.

The City of Calabasas should not ignore these Critical Major trail connections, which you have had the privilege to help connect.

~~Stephanie Abronson
Equestrian Trails, Inc., Corral 36 Newsletter Editor

HELP!!! THIS MAY BE THE LAST STAND!
I had the attached article (see below) ready to hand out Tuesday night, but our Corral meeting was too long.  The Rondell Oasis Hotel is a “done deal” but perhaps if we can gang up together with letters FOR CRITICAL PARKING turned in before June 12th, and attend the meeting we just might make an impression.

Please  ATTEND  with the objective to get a concession from the City Council for horsetrailer and school bus parking.
IN ORDER TO PROVIDE COUNCILMEMBERS AMPLE TIME TO REVIEW ALL CORRESPONDENCE, PLEASE SUBMIT ANY LETTERS OR EMAILS TO THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE BEFORE 5:00 P.M. ON THE MONDAY PRIOR TO THE MEETING. – June 12th

 


CITY COUNCIL AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2017
START TIME 7:30 P.M.
CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS
100 CIVIC CENTER WAY, CALABASAS

www.cityofcalabasas.com

IN ORDER TO PROVIDE COUNCILMEMBERS AMPLE TIME TO REVIEW ALL CORRESPONDENCE, PLEASE SUBMIT ANY LETTERS OR EMAILS TO THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE BEFORE 5:00 P.M. ON THE MONDAY PRIOR TO THE MEETING. – June 12th
OPENING MATTERS – 7:30 P.M.

Call to Order/Roll Call of Councilmembers
Pledge of Allegiance by Cub Scouts, Pack 333
Approval of Agenda
PRESENTATIONS – 7:45 P.M.

Recognition of Cub Scouts, Pack 333 for their Patriotic Concerts to Senior Citizens
Recognition of Cami Sylvester for being a 2017 Gold Award recipient
One year anniversary and operation of the Calabasas Senior Center
Presentation
ANNOUNCEMENTS/INTRODUCTIONS – 8:15 P.M.

Adjourn in memory
ORAL COMMUNICATION – PUBLIC COMMENT – 8:25 P.M.

CONSENT ITEMS – 8:35 P.M.

1. Approval of meeting minutes from May 24 and June 3, 2017

Minutes from May 24 and June 3, 2017

2. Adoption of Ordinance No. 2017-356 approving a Development Agreement No. 2017-01 and associated Dedication Agreement between the City of Calabasas and Rondell Oasis, LLC providing for the acquisition of vacant land and construction of a public parking lot and approving substitute use of that parking lot for required off-street parking and concentration of related development rights for an approved hotel. The subject site is located at 26300 Rondell Street (APN 2069-031-014 and 2069-031-015), within the Commercial Retail zoning district and Scenic Corridor overlay zone

Item 2 - Staff Report
Attachment A - Ordinance No. 2017-356
Attachment B - Development Agreement No. 2017-01
Attachment C - Dedication Agreement


 

RONDELL OASIS HOTEL

http://www.theacorn.com/news/2017-06-1/Community/Calabasas_Rondell_development_ready_to_roll.html

 

Calabasas Rondell development ready to roll

By Sylvie Belmond

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After two years of planning and negotiations, the Rondell Oasis hotel development is set to break ground in Calabasas next spring.

Malibu-based developer Richard Weintraub is working with Cambria Suites to build the hotel on a 5.4-acre vacant parcel on Las Virgenes Road just south of the 101 Freeway.

The developer initially wanted to build a four-story structure that the community and City Council rejected for being too tall. In June 2016, city officials approved a scaled-down plan for a threestory hotel with up to 127 rooms.

 

As part of the land-use deal, the city agreed to provide $1 million to improve the pavement and construct new parking spaces along a city-owned portion of Rondell Street, and to enter into a shared maintenance agreement with the hotel owner.

 

But later, Weintraub asked the city to expand its commitment and take on construction of the entire 1.2-acre parking area, which would require an estimated extra $3 million in public funds.

 

The city will front the money and seek reimbursements through projected Measure M public transit funds.

The hotel operator will be responsible for the day-to-day cleanup of the parking lot, and the city will pay for resurfacing and re-striping when needed.

 

The lot at 26300 Rondell St. will be open to the public and hotel guests and employees. It will include designated parking spaces for users of a nearby hiking trail and commuters who use an adjacent park-and-ride.

 

Officials anticipate receiving $500,000 to $600,000 a year in tax revenue from the new hotel, which they say will bring an economic boost to neighboring restaurants and stores.

 

“It’s either this or he’s building a storage facility,” City Manager Tony Coroalles said.

 

Councilmember David Shapiro wanted to make sure construction of the parking area and hotel are synchronized to minimize disruption for residents and commuters in the Las Virgenes Valley who have recently had to deal with multiple road construction projects.

 

Rondell Oasis is one of two hotel projects that were proposed in the Las Virgenes scenic corridor. Unlike the Canyon Oaks Hotel that was rejected at the polls last November, the Rondell project next to the freeway did not require a change in zoning.

 

“Wonder if we could convince the city to have some designated larger/longer parking spaces for Equestrian rigs, closer to the trail head?? This size space could also serve for long school buses...” ~D.DiMascio