Cal Lutheran Center Failed to Get City OK


A temporary graduate center launched earlier this month in Camarillo by Cal Lutheran University apparently was opened without approval from the city’s Planning Department.

The three-classroom campus at the Daily Plaza shopping center on Arneill Road has been open since Jan. 5 and serves about 250 students.

Cal Lutheran officials say they decided to open a center there after failing to agree with city officials on the number of parking spaces that could be used for students at the Camarillo Business Center on Daily Drive.


Although previous occupants used the Daily Plaza space as learning centers, city officials say they still need to review the potential change in use.

“Whenever you have a new occupant, it requires a new occupancy inspection,” said Planning Director Tony Boden.

The Planning Department will follow up on the new occupants, “but it does not appear as if we have a major problem,” Boden said. “If they had all 250 students there at the same time, then we would have a problem.”

Cal Lutheran officials say they did not take the matter up with the Planning Department because they thought it was unnecessary.