Thousand Oaks must have a new wetlands ordinance, and that proposed by Mayor Elois Zeanah is our best chance. When this ordinance came before the City Council late last year, it was the subject of inappropriate and inaccurate comments by council members Frank Schillo, Judy Lazar and Alex Fiore.
This was difficult to understand because these council members claim they trust their staff, and staff pleaded strongly in support of the ordinance. Instead of supporting the draft ordinance, Schillo, Lazar and Fiore berated it as another layer of bureaucratic red tape. I believe it would have the opposite effect, and would clarify for developers what they can and cannot do on a given piece of land before they have spent time drawing plans that will not be approved.