Focus Groups Gather to Review Draft Background Report

Focus Group meetings have been scheduled to review the Draft Background Report. All Focus Group meetings are open to the public and following the discussion between Focus Group members, the public will be invited to provide comments and ask questions. Not sure what the Focus Groups are doing as part of the General Plan Update? Learn more at

All meetings will be held at the Ventura County Government Center in the Atlantic Conference Room on the Main Level. The Government Center is located at 800 S. Victoria Ave. in Ventura.

The schedule for the upcoming Focus Groups Meetings is as follows:

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

  • Transportation & Infrastructure Focus Group: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Water Focus Group: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Climate Change Focus Group: 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

  • Agriculture Focus Group: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Economic Development Focus Group: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Open Space & Recreation Focus Group: 3:30 to 5:00 PM

County releases new documents for General Plan Update

The County of Ventura, Planning Division has released several key documents for the ongoing General Plan Update project. They include a Draft Background Report, an Assets, Issues and Opportunities Summary and a General Plan Update Newsletter.

The Draft Background Report describes existing conditions in the unincorporated County, including demographics and economics, land use, health and well-being, transportation and mobility, public facilities, services and infrastructure, natural resources, water resources, hazards and safety, and climate change.

General Plan Update Manager Susan Curtis notes that, “this report will be used to inform the process as the project moves forward.”

The Assets, Issues and Opportunities Summary describes thousands of public comments received by Planning Division staff during outreach activities that took place between April and September 2016. Outreach activities included 12 community workshops, a booth at the Ventura County Fair, an online questionnaire, and meetings with subject-matter experts on issues ranging from agriculture to climate change. The General Plan Update Newsletter profiles the project, describes community outreach conducted to date, summarizes the project timeline and includes answers to frequently asked questions.

The County is now soliciting public comments on the Draft Background Report. Both the Draft Background Report and Assets, Issues and Opportunities Summary will be presented to the Ventura County Planning Commission at a public General Plan Update work session later this Spring. Comments may be submitted in the following ways:

MAIL to: Ms. Susan Curtis, Planning Division, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura CA 93009 – 1740

FAX to: (805) 654-2509; Attention Susan Curtis


Submit online comment form for Draft Background Report found at:

All documents are available to the public on the General Plan Update website at or at the Planning Counter at the County of Ventura Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information contact Susan Curtis at (805) 654-2497, email or visit the General Plan website at