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EIR Due in 2 Weeks on Massive Project

The developers of a huge housing project planned for the northeastern edge of Moorpark have agreed to pay a final fee for the processing of an environmental impact study, freeing up the document for release in two weeks.

The Irvine-based Messenger Co., which hopes to build 3,200 homes on about 4,500 acres of rolling former ranchland, made its last payment of $117,000 last week, said company Vice President Gary Austin.

Messenger has paid about $660,000 to compile the document, which is reportedly more than 2,000 pages long and details the impacts on plants and animals in the area, as well as the infrastructure of the city.

After the document is released for review, public hearings will be scheduled to go over how the new homes and the influx of an estimated 14,000 new residents would affect the city.

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The development Messenger is proposing is even bigger than the controversial 3,050-home Ahmanson ranch development in the Simi Hills along the Los Angeles County line.

That project has been fraught with legal challenges over the last three years by several neighboring communities concerned about the potential impacts from all the people the new homes would bring.


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