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City Submits To 427-unit Plan

By Sondra Murphy

After years of community and agency discussion, the Ojai City Council voted Tuesday to recommend that city staff submit a Housing Element draft to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Councilwomen Sue Horgan and Betsy Clapp requested more time to review the 175-page document before voting on its submission, but Mayor Joe DeVito, Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Olsen and Councilwoman Carol Smith felt comfortable with submitting the plan to get the process rolling. An Ojai Housing Element was to be submitted by last summer, but community concerns over preserving Ojai’s character and about the valley water supply delayed a council decision until such apprehensions could be addressed. “It’s time that we pass it,” said DeVito, who referred to the previous Housing Element drafts that have been presented during his 23 years on the council. “If we wait another three weeks, there will be people who will come back and find reasons to

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