Vendra Gardens / Essex  

Location Map Essex


On October 1, 2012, an application was submitted to construct a 200-unit apartment project.  An earlier project, with a similar development had previously been approved on the site, but has since expired.  On March 1, 2017, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2017-3582 approving the RPD.  On March 1, 2017, the City Council approved the AHA for the Project.  On March 15, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 443 approving the DA. 

On June 7, 2021, an application was filed by Essex Moorpark Owner L.P. to request the First Amendment to the DA.  On September 15, 2021, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 490 approving the First Amendment to the DA.  The request included: change the approved-residential project to be fully affordable; and finance certain City development impact fees in the form of a 55-year residual loan. 

On September 19, 2022, an application made by Danco Communities on behalf of the Essex Moorpark Owner L.P. was submitted to request the second amendment to the DA. The following changes were requested; allow use of income-restricted rental rates published by California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC), as opposed to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in the DA and RARAHA; change in the income-restricted unit mix percentages in the DA and RARAHA; revise Section 10 to correct the description of the City Site which is to be conveyed to the City as part of the Project; attach an exhibit to show the form and content of the “Offsite Improvement Performance and Payment Bond”; and, Remove the requirement to relocate or underground utility facilities from the DA.  On October 19, 2022, the City Council approved the proposed second amendment to the DA, with exception of the request to remove the requirement to underground utilities. The Second Amendment is pending recordation with the County Clerk Recorder. 

On December 27, 2022, an application was submitted to request the Third Amendment to the Development Agreement to change the date outlined in Section 2 of the Second Amendment to extend the date of December 31, 2022 to June 30, 2023 to complete the purchase and sale of the Project and property from Danco Communities.  The pending application is tentatively schedule for Planning Commission on January 24, 2023.  

For more information about this project or to be included in future meeting announcements, please contact Shanna Farley, Principal Planner, (805) 517-6236 or

Site Plan

Essex Site Plan Amend 1

Color Renderings 

Essex Color Elevations


Step 4 - Approved

Environmental Review 

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) has been prepared to analyze any potentially significant environment impacts.  The current Project relied upon an earlier prepared MND adopted on July 18, 2007 pursuant to Resolution No. 2007-2611. 


Pending Actions

  • Planning Commission - January 24, 2023 (Third Amendment to the Development Agreement) 


Project Planner
Shanna Farley
Principal Planner
(805) 517-6236 

Project Applicant/Agent
McKenzie Dibble, Danco 
(707) 672-4002

Property Owner
Essex Property Trust 
(650) 655-7845