The Crestview board has approved two contracts to report on the feasibility of connecting the existing dry sewer system near Well #8 to the Camarillo sewage system and connect adjacent properties to this system. It has also approved funding a preliminary environmental study by the City’s contractor. These actions respond to the City’s demands on June 10, 2022 but were not taken until August 11 and September 6. The City has received Crestview’s $11,408 check but has not completed the contract for the environmental work. The City has not received the sewage system feasibility report.
We are coming up on the third anniversary of Crestview’s application filing date, and it has not even been deemed complete.
- January 8, 2020 Application to City for a conditional use permit filed by Crestview
- March 24, 2020 City’s Design Review Letter sent to Crestview
- March 24, 2022 Exactly two years later, Crestview resubmitted the application with revised architectural plans.
- June 10, 2022 City’s 2nd Incomplete Letter sent to Crestview
- August 11, 2022 The Crestview board authorized the Company to enter into two contracts to prepare a report on the feasibility of connecting the existing dry sewer system to the Camarillo sewage system and connect adjacent properties to this system.
- September 6, 2022 At a special meeting, the Crestview board authorized the Company to fund a preliminary environment study by the City’s contractor.
There is no explanation for this dawdling. Why was nothing done for two years after March 24, 2020? Why was the environmental study not authorized on August 11 when both items were on the agenda? Did momentary fiscal prudence suggest not spending money on the environmental study when connecting the sewer system was likely to prove not feasible, and make moving Well #8 back to its original planned site on Corte Corrida a much better option. If so, why did the board reverse itself 26 days later?
Speaking of fiscal prudence, the board should formally review whether this project should be redesigned or abandoned. It is way over budget, nobody knows the probable cost to complete, and Crestview will have to repay all Calleguas advances (probably about $1 million so far) if the project is not completed. The original site on Corte Corrida looks better and better, and our board’s fiscal management looks worse and worse, with every passing month.