I'd like to inform the community about a project by Centex to develop 28 acres of land located near the Borchard Road exit in Newbury Park.
According to the city of Thousand Oaks, two-thirds of the property is wetland. Also according to the city, the entire property is zoned as a flood zone. The U.S. Geological Survey states that California has lost 91 percent of its wetlands thus far.
I propose that Centex set aside acreage for a bird sanctuary. Who would win in this situation? The answer is everybody.
First, Centex would still be able to profit from developing the land.
Second, bird watching is very popular. People would come to this area and spend their dollars in local business establishments, thus boosting the local economy.
Third, schoolchildren would be able to come and learn about local wildlife. And of course, the birds would be able to exist on the site like they have been doing.
The city has a long tradition of preserving wildlife habitat. I believe we should continue that tradition by supporting this bird sanctuary plan.
— Clint Matkovich, Thousand Oaks