Canyon Oaks Project Page
Site History (APN 2069-078-009 and APN
In January 1991,
the Baldwin Company processed an entitlement though Los
Angeles County for the development of a large project called
“Calabasas Park West”.
The entitled project, which
consisted of the development of 550 homes, a church, park,
open space and 200,000sf of commercial area, was made part
of the City upon incorporation in 1991.
The portion of the project along
Las Virgenes was approved for Commercial and Institutional
View of sites from 101 looking east, October 1990 DEIR
1991 to 2000
After 1991, the
City developed a series of documents which looked at
desirable site outcomes while acknowledging the valid site
The General Plan (1995) and
Zoning Map (1998) set a new goal of housing on the eastern
In the 1998 Las Virgenes Gateway
Master Plan, a non-binding “plan objective” called for a mix
of commercial, institutional and housing on the two sites,
though at a density less than that entitled by the County.
While the 550 homes in “The
Oaks” proceeded in 2000, development of these two entitled
commercial and institutional sites did not.
Calabasas Interim Zoning Map, Sept. 1993; Calabasas General
Plan Land Use Map, September 1995;
Las Virgenes Gateway Master Plan, December 1998
View of sites from
Las Virgenes Rd. looking south, 1998 Las Virgenes Gateway
2000 to 2006
were subsequently offered for sale; the westerly site was
sold by the Baldwin’s in 2003, and the Archdiocese of Los
Angeles sold the easterly site in 2006.
By 2006, the two properties had
been consolidated under the ownership of the Messenger
who initiated discussion with the City in 2004 for a large
condominium development upon their initial acquisition of
the westerly site.
The proposal was never formally
submitted as an application based on City concerns, which
primarily focused on the loss of the commercial component of
the project and the developer’s desired intensity of
residential development in higher hillside areas.
2007 to 2012
In 2007, the City
embarked on their General Plan update, and with the guidance
of the General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC),
visioning for the sites
established a new mixed use community objective.
This included retail and
commercial components, along with multifamily housing
centered on a community green, all in a clustered setting to
maximize open space on the sites.
General Plan illustrations
(below) show the concept site plan for the project, and a
view of the 3, three-story commercial buildings looking east
from Las Virgenes Road.
Concept plan, 2008 General Plan
View east at LV and Agoura
roads, 2008 General Plan
adoption of the General Plan in 2008, the City Council was
required to address the State’s assessment of Regional
Housing Needs (RHNA) as part of the Housing Element. To
avoid impacting numerous Calabasas communities, the Council
elected to intensify multi-family density at this location.
As a result,
the westerly site, which was
zoned Planned Development (PD) carries a base entitlement of
155,000 square-feet of commercial use and 60 multi-family
residential units; and the easterly site, which was zoned
Residential – Multifamily (R-MF(20)), carries a base
entitlement of 120 housing units.
Multi-Family land use designation also includes apartments,
condos, townhomes and visitor serving uses.
2010 Zoning Map; 2030 General Plan
After adoption of
the General Plan in 2008, the Messenger Company determined
that the envisioned commercial component of the project was
not financially viable due to the recession, and instead
elected to submit an application for a gated (158 home)
private home community with a small 21,400 square-foot
Amidst that application process,
another change of ownership occurred and the sites were sold
to the current owner, The New Home Company, in August 2012.
In January 2014,
the New Home Company submitted an application for 149
residential units and a 120-room hotel.
In December 2014, New Homes
elected to submit a new, reduced-scope proposal, consisting
of 71 residential units and a 120-room hotel (67,580
The comparison chart below shows
the evolution of the original 1990 entitlement to the
2008 GP & 2010 Zoning
67,580sf Commercial (hotel)
180 Dwelling Units
71 Dwelling Units
View east toward proposed entrance at LV and Agoura roads,
Canyon Oaks, 3/2015 proposal