Commission Divided on 13-Home Project

For countless commuters on California 23, the four radio towers perched on a hillside east of Erbes Road in Thousand Oaks are a familiar sight.

But if the City Council approves, those towers could disappear, replaced by homes and a tennis court.

The Lang Ranch Co. has proposed tearing down the towers, more than 20 years old, and building 13 homes on 11 acres of land. The towers are currently leased to a radio station.

The surrounding property, more than 19 acres of undeveloped hillsides, would be dedicated to the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency.

The city's Planning Commission late Monday agreed to the rezoning for the project, but deadlocked over many of the conditions for the development itself.

With Commissioner John Powers absent, the remaining four commissioners were unable to agree on several components of the plan, including whether or not to allow construction of the tennis court.

The split vote--with Commissioners Forrest Frields and Ronald Polanski voting in favor of approval and Marilyn Carpenter and Linda Parks opposed--means that the project will now go to the City Council without a recommendation from the commission on several of the plan's key sections.

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