Camarillo is growing. Maybe not to the extent of pre-recession levels when the city was one of the fastest growing in the county, but the increase in housing over the past four years has Camarillo on track to be home to 70,000 people in the near future.
According to a report issued by the state’s Department of Finance earlier this year, Camarillo was the third fastest growing city in Ventura County between January 2016 and January 2017. Its population rose 0.58 percent, from 69,224 in 2016 to 69,623 this year.
That uptick in population was certainly one of the topics touched on in Mayor Jan McDonald’s State of the City address given at Spanish Hills Country Club Sept. 22—she delivered another at City Hall on Monday night.
From 2014 to 2018, about 2,330 homes are expected to be built in Camarillo, she said.
“This includes 484 single-family homes, 511 townhomes or condos, and 1,334 apartment units,” McDonald said during the luncheon presentation hosted by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce.
The mayor said about 13 percent of the homes will be for affordable housing. Some of the bigger housing projects include the Springville development, with 223 townhomes, 213 apartments and 216 single-family homes, and the Fairfield development off Lewis Road.
“Located on property that was once home to Imation and 3M, this project will provide 450 apartments, including 24 affordable rental units,” McDonald said of the Fairfield project. “Completion is anticipated in the fall of 2018. Additionally, 87 for-sale townhomes have been approved for this area, to be built in the near future.”
The mayor said the city is working with Walnut, Calif.-based Shea Homes on a project that would bring an active senior community made up of 281 homes to a part of the property owned by St. John’s Seminary on Upland Road. That project is expected to come before the planning commission in early October and the City Council soon after.