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PORT HUENEME : Study Cites Demand for RV Park in City

The Port Hueneme City Council was told Wednesday that research shows there is a demand for a recreational vehicle park in the city, but about 150 residents showed up to oppose the idea.

The City Council is considering construction of a 10-acre RV park on the east end of Port Hueneme beach on the city’s border with Oxnard. The park would serve 144 vehicles and offer a pool and shower facilities.

The study showed that “there is a market for the park. It appears building something like this would have a very good chance of making a go of it in this area,” said Jim Hanks, the city’s financial director, after reviewing a report from a private contractor hired to study the feasibility of the project.

No action was taken by the council. The City Council will await completion of the report by Williams-Kuebelbeck and Associates of Irvine, which will analyze the financial feasibility of the project, at a cost of $20,000.

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About 150 residents living near the project showed up to urge the council to scrap the idea because of traffic and noise concerns. The council refused to open the meeting for public comment and deferred the issue to an undetermined later date. One resident had to be removed by police for disturbing the meeting despite admonishments from Mayor Dorill Wright.

Also at the meeting, the council took the first step toward approving an ordinance requiring that all new development employ water conservation devices, such as low-flow shower heads.

All cities will be required to pass such an ordinance by Jan. 1, 1992. “We are just getting the jump a little bit on what the state is requiring,” said Tom Figg, the Port Hueneme community development director.

“We felt it was important, at least for all new construction coming on line, that they install ultra-low consumption plumbing fixtures,” Figg said.

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The council’s move comes in response to imminent water cutbacks for the city and “a general consciousness of the need to conserve what traditionally has been a wasted resource,” Figg said.

The ordinance will become effective July 1.


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