Amnesty Debate Halts Housing Plan

By Daryl Kelley

City Council has delayed re-submission of a state-required plan to increase the number of legal dwellings in Ojai partly because of concerns that the new plan would go too far in trying to get owners of illegal dwellings to upgrade their properties. In March, the council voted to submit to the state a new Housing Element plan that would eventually add 427 legal dwellings in Ojai, using as a cornerstone an amnesty program that would encourage owners of about 300 illegal dwellings to upgrade them to legal standards. Surprisingly, the

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