Agoura Horse Property - Custom & Equestrian Real Estate by Nona Green

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hearing to approve Los Angeles County Local Coastal Plan - Feb 11, 2014
There is concern among environmentalists that property owners, developers, and others with financial incentives will petition the Board of Supervisors to amend the draft Coastal Plan to lighten development standards. Horse-keeping in the Santa Monicas is also up for debate. The hearing to to approve the draft is open to the public and is set for February 11, 2014.
The California Coastal Act mandates that all jurisdictions within the Coastal Zone adopt a local coastal program (LCP) which establishes the policies and implementation measures/development standards for protecting coastal resources. The County of Los Angeles in 1986 adopted the Malibu Land Use Plan for the Santa Monica Mountains Coastal Zone which has served as this area’s land use plan for the past two decades. However, an implementation program was never adopted.
As such, the County prepared a draft LCP which it made available to the public on July 17, 2006 and which was ultimately approved by the Board of Supervisors on October 30, 2007. However, because the Board of Supervisors requested specific modifications at its October 30, 2007 hearing, the draftLCP has yet to receive final consent approval. Once this occurs, the LCP will be presented to the California Coastal Commission for its certification. Once certified, the LCP’s policies and development standards will govern development of land in the Coastal Zone region of unincorporated Los Angeles County properties in the Santa Monica Mountains.
As presently crafted, the policies, resource delineations, and implementation measures of the
proposed LCP will result in severe limitations on any future development of private property.
For a full text of the draft click here.
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Monday, January 13, 2014
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How will California manage with continuing drought conditions? One idea, endorsed by Gov. Jerry Brown, is to spend $67 BILLION to construct two tunnels to divert water away from the Sacramento Delta, to Southern California. Environmentalist say it is unwise and unnecessary. Come to the debate and ask questions!

JOIN US -- at the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation's (LVHF's) Water Showdown on Wednesday, January 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center in Agoura Hills.
With billions of dollars of taxpayers' funds at stake and the future of our water supply uncertain, this is a critical issue for all of California, with significant environmental and economic impacts.

For the first time, three different alternatives for solving our looming water crisis will be presented and hotly debated by respective proponents.
How much is it going to cost each and every homeowner/business owner in southern California and for how long? Will we have a reliable supply of water?
Listen to these experts debate and disagree on the benefits and costs of their plans:

1. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) – presented/debated by: Brandon Goshi, Manager of Water Policy and Strategy, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. This Plan calls for the construction of TWO TUNNELS - 37 miles long and 40 feet wide each - with cost estimates running in the 26-67 billion dollar range. The Metropolitan Water District is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

2. The Portfolio Alternative - presented/debated by: Doug Obegi, Water Program Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council – from San Francisco. This Plan focuses on ONE TUNNEL - saving billions of dollars and investing the cost savings in water recycling and conservation to meet the long-term water needs of southern California cities and farms. The Portfolio Alternative is supported by a consortium of conservation and business groups including, Defenders of Wildlife and the Planning and Conservation League.

3. The Responsible Exports Plan - presented/debated for the Environmental Water Caucus (EWC) by Conner Everts, Executive Director of the Southern California Watershed Alliance. This plan offers a NO TUNNELS alternative, instead, focusing on sustainability solutions and managing/using our water more efficiently. The EWC represents over 30 environmental justice, commercial and recreational fishing groups, Native American Tribes and environmental organizations, including the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club.

So, which is the best solution? You decide....
Attached please find directions to the forum and a flyer.
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday for a very informative and unique evening of discussion and debate!
The Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation
"the voice and conscience of the Santa Monica Mountains since 1968"
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Wednesday, January 08, 2014
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Diogi is the business that will occupy the space now vacated by World Class Motoring in Agoura Hills. Agoura Hills City Council unanimously approved a zoning change, allowing dog board and care.

Representing the Old Agoura Homeowner's Association, director Phil Ramuno publicly commented that the zoning might have included the use proposed by Diogi if such establishments existed, or even conceived, at the time the zoning codes were written. The HOA consistently weighs-in to the council regarding any proposed development or new business within the Old Agoura Overlay District.

Nearby veterinarians, as well as feed and tack shops, welcomed the idea of a nearby dog "resort and athletic club" which is how the owner describes his business.

The business model is similar to Camp Bow Wow, also in Agoura Hills, and The Barkley, in Westlake Village. Diogi's presentation at the Council Meeting showed slideshows of their Santa Barbara and Goleta locations, featuring a bone shaped swimming pool. A pool would be something not found in the Camp Bow Wow and The Barkley. Diogi will feature a retail shop stocked with food and pet accessories and supplies.

The owner of the spa presented the benefits of the business to the dogs themselves as much as to the dog owners or the community at large. From the point of view of the dogs (the guests), the new business promises to be a happy place where one can let off steam. When approving the zoning change, each council member joked that it would be nice if the owners could check-in and be pampered along with their pets. By approving the business, the council members indulged vicariously.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

With 36 years experience as a real estate broker, Nona Green caters to clients who seek that country home that is more than a tract house; it's a lifestyle. "Semi- rural" is the technical term, and "paradise" is what the locals call it. We're not knocking tract homes; not everyone wants to live next to a donkey or where they hear a rooster crow. Yet if you want room to grow and play, and love nature and the outdoors, call Nona Green. There is a piece of paradise to fit a wide range of home purchase budgets. Local savvy, experience, and a dedication to service that is rare in this industry.

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