THOUSAND OAKS : Planners Urge City OK of Nursing Home

The Thousand Oaks Planning Commission has voted to recommend City Council approval of a 99-bed convalescent home at the east end of the city.

The commission voted 4 to 1 Monday to recommend approval of the 43,000-square-foot project proposed by Arcadia developer Orlando Clarizio. Commissioner Linda Parks opposed the development because she wanted more protection for an oak tree on the property.

Clarizio is proposing to build the Westlake Convalescent Hospital at Fairview and Foothill roads. If approved by the council, it will be the third nursing home in the city.

Fairview Road resident Nancy Briscoe complained to the commission that the hospital's driveway entrance was directly in front of her house. She said she was concerned about noise and traffic that would be generated by the project and how it would affect her.

But Clarizio agreed to work with Briscoe to reduce the effect on her, including offering to put up trees and other landscaping in Briscoe's yard. The nursing home would employ about 30 to 35 people, and it is estimated the facility would create about 300 vehicle trips a day.

The proposed nursing home was recommended for City Council approval with more than 200 conditions aimed at reducing traffic, noise and other effects on the neighborhood.

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