In all wisdom, the people of Moorpark defeated the Messenger Hidden Creek Ranch project 2-to-1 in 1999.
Well, the builders are back once again, this time as North Park Village, L.P. Their proposed massive, mostly gated housing project of 1,680 houses on 3,586 acres of land behind a 14,000-student college would introduce negative quality-of-life issues for Moorpark for generations.
Should we put a project of this size in an area where hillsides must be leveled, endangering the health of residents and destroying wildlife habitat?
Should we put it in a place where cars will be squeezed into a stranded hillside area with only two roads leading to the already overcrowded freeway? Whether or not an additional ramp will be built to the freeway is debatable, as the land for it has not been bought yet.
Should we put a lake in that will need expensive upkeep and will use valuable water in a time when California is headed for water shortages?
The promised parks sound great, but the Parks Department will need to plan and upkeep these, and they are not even in the process yet.
Don’t be intimidated by scares about how the land will be used if the project is defeated. We have Save Our Agricultural Resources — S.O.A.R. — and other protections for the land.
Before you vote, look beyond those endless expensive ads for this project. Go to www.nonorthpark.org and get the facts about North Park.
You will see why Moorpark Mayor Patrick Hunter and scores of others agree that a no vote is still the best course for our community.
— Joyce Hutchison, Moorpark