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The City of Westlake Village will review the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The level of CEQA review, including whether an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be prepared, will be determined after a complete application has been received. An EIR prepared by the City of Westlake Village for the North Business Park Specific Plan analyzed the environmental impacts that could result from all the redevelopment anticipated for the North Business Park Specific Plan area. The analysis in that EIR addresses some impacts of the proposed project, and some mitigation measures identified in that EIR will be applied to the proposed project. Further environmental review will be limited to any issues or impacts that are particular to the proposed project and were not analyzed in that EIR.
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The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the North Business Park Specific Plan analyzed the construction of up to 728 residential units in the Specific Plan area. The EIR concluded that the potential environmental impacts related to traffic, utilities and infrastructure, parks, schools, and public safety would be mitigated to a less than significant level.
The construction of new housing would not result in any cost to existing residents. Property taxes, utility fees, assessment district fees, and other taxes and fees would not change because of the proposed project or any other development project.
About 70% of the water used in Westlake Village and surrounding communities is for landscape irrigation. Multifamily households use significantly less water than single-family households because multifamily housing has significantly less landscape area per unit than single-family housing. In addition, new development is required to comply with current code requirements pertaining to water efficient fixtures and appliances, which further reduces the amount of water used per household compared to existing development. Further, the State has determined that the housing shortage in California must be addressed through the construction of new housing regardless of drought conditions.
The State has determined that all cities must provide adequate housing sites to accommodate their share of regional housing needs. The housing sites identified in the North Business Park Specific Plan satisfy this requirement. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was prepared that analyzed the environmental impacts that would result from the construction of up to 728 residential units in the Specific Plan area. This analysis included looking at potential impacts to the City’s infrastructure and streets. The EIR concluded that any potential traffic impacts would be mitigated to a less than significant level through the implementation of mitigation measures.