Cornerstone development ignites spirited discussion

The proposed Cornerstone Project, as well as future projects in that area, will create an absolutely catastrophic and irreversible impact on our region in so many ways.

The destruction of the environment and the traffic that will choke off the area alone are enough to cause reasonable minds to put a halt to the project.

The true crime will be when, in the case of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or fire, lives are lost as emergency vehicles are unable to reach people in need.

The price of those lives will be on all those who think this project is for the good of the community, when they know it is just for the money.

Please look at this very carefully and look at the actual impact before you seal your fate. This project needs to be shut down.

Laurent O’Shea
Agoura Hills

The traffic report conducted in preparation for the Cornerstone Project was deliberately conducted off-season, mid-week and during school hours in order to ignore the current Kanan Road gridlock on weekends, which worsens significantly during beach weather.

Despite being based upon this purposeful underestimation, the report admits that traffic will increase on Kanan by over 19,000 vehicles per day.

The Rincon Report for the project states that the Cornerstone site is “positive for cultural resources” making the site eligible for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources.

The report recommends that all ground-disturbing activities be monitored by a Chumash Native American representative and, ultimately, states that the site should be avoided.

Despite an oak tree ordinance that allows removal of 10 percent of oak trees, 161 of 199 trees in the immediate area of the Cornerstone site will be removed.

The Cornerstone Project is a reckless invalidation of the intent of the Agoura Village Specific Plan and willfully endangers the communities south of Agoura Road that are a huge source of revenue to the City of Agoura Hills. This leaves the residents of those communities no choice but to take a stand against such irresponsible development.

Rae Greulich
Cornell

We cannot allow any developers to obliterate these beautiful hills by leveling them and covering them with more offices, restaurants, stores and condos.

This area is unable to fill what we already have: The center on Agoura and Lost Hills is half empty; Canwood is full of empty spaces; and three restaurants in the Target center are closed.

Once the Cornerstone developer ruins this entire area, he will go on his merry way to the bank and we will be sitting here with the destruction he leaves behind.

The City Council does not have the right to take away emergency access from so many residents, which is what will happen when Kanan Road is unable to sustain 20,000 more cars daily. Kanan can’t sustain the traffic as it is, and I don’t care what their biased traffic study indicates. We all know differently.

Fires are happening more often and people need to get out quickly with their animals. This is a safety issue and it may soon become a life or death situation if this is not stopped.

It’s extremely sad and shameful that we are forced to spend so much time and money because the City Council was unable to do the right thing. Now we have to force them.

Jo Ventresca
Agoura Hills

We elected our current City Council members but their votes are not reflective of the majority of their constituents.

Maybe they just can’t hear us because the developers drooling to build the monstrous Agoura Hills Cornerstone Project have deeper pockets and better enticements. What would be better than being reelected?

The destruction of our landscape and huge increase in traffic congestion will take away one of the joys of living in Agoura: that country feel, while still close to the city but not “in” it.

Worries about mountain lions would certainly dissipate as we become increasingly paved over. Navigating congested roadways in our neighborhoods will not allow us to escape the city we left.

Let’s not forget the huge impact on water use in our drought-endangered community.

Thanks to all those urging remodeling, not more development. Perhaps The Acorn can publish when and where our City Council meets on their front page, so concerned citizens can ensure those officials hear our opposition.

We must ensure that our City Council hears from us. If one neighbor can’t join us, perhaps another can or we can get small groups to attend a meeting.

City Council meetings are our chance to voice our opposition to this assault on our community. Perhaps being reelected will be more conducive than perks offered by greedy developers.

Marcy Bregman
Agoura Hills

Life in and around the Santa Monica Mountains is under siege. Yet again there’s another massive project known as the Agoura Hills Cornerstone Project, located at the intersection of Agoura Road and Cornell, the rolling hillside atop that area.

This proposal is to the tune of: Three stories of retail and restaurants with 35 residential units on the top level; more than 100,000 square feet plus more for parking.

In addition, 75 percent of the bucolic, rolling hillside will be demolished along with the removal of 161 trees. The rural character of this area will be lost forever, along with the oxygen-giving trees and natural habitat that exists there.

Have the residents of Agoura Hills received adequate and timely notification of the Cornerstone Project? Would this project go forward if the residents of this community were given the opportunity to vote on it?

Rather, a group of five individuals, the City Council members, are deciding the fate of an entire community, hundreds of thousands people will be affected, as well as environmental consequences as yet to be addressed. Is this the democratic way?

These are some of the reasons to reexamine this project. There are many more. I hope the community at large will be inspired to be informed.

Vivian Baer
Agoura Hills