SIMI VALLEY : Planners May Back Permit for Church

Simi Valley planning officials today will consider granting a regular operating permit to a church that has been temporarily housed in a business park.

The Simi Valley Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the request of Calvary Chapel of Simi Valley for a permanent special-use permit to continue using a converted warehouse on the corner of Madera Road and Easy Street as a church.

The congregation moved into the building last July with a temporary permit, said Pastor David Guzik. The group's goal is to raise enough money to build a permanent church within five to seven years, Guzik said.

For now, the church co-exists peacefully with its industrial neighbors, Guzik said. Most of those buildings are closed during church services on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings, he said.

The city planning staff also is recommending that the Planning Commission waive the parking requirements for the church, since the parking spaces built to serve neighboring buildings are empty when the church is in use, said Wolf Ascher, deputy director of planning.

The Planning Commission will consider the recommendation at a public hearing beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Simi Valley City Hall.

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