Workshops to Guide Development Effort

In its ongoing effort to make Agoura Hills a destination for entertainment and shopping, the city will hold three days of workshops beginning Friday to gather opinions and suggestions on development of Canwood Street between Cheseboro and Reyes Adobe roads.

The information gathered at the workshops will become a vision concept for the area and presented to the City Council at a meeting in April.

"It's our turn," Mayor Denis Weber said.

"We've seen Calabasas and Westlake Village work this out and thrive. We need to attract the quality type of development that Agoura Hills deserves."

The city conducted similar workshops a few years ago when it looked at businesses along Agoura Road near Kanan Road.

With community suggestions on what it should look like, an overlay was created to guide development in that area.

The north side of the freeway includes about 100 acres of vacant commercially zoned lots that could thrive with the right mix of businesses, officials believe.

Comments at the workshops from urban planners, architects, economists and traffic engineers as well as council members, homeowner association representatives, real estate brokers and residents will used to create the draft vision concept.

The draft will be presented to the public at 9 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

The final vision concept is expected to be presented to the City Council at its April 22 meeting.

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