County Board of Supervisors to Hold Work Session to Review Key General Plan Update Documents

VENTURA, Calif. – The public is invited to attend a Ventura County Board of Supervisors General Plan Update Work Session on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 1:30 P.M., and provide input on the General Plan Update Assets, Issues, and Opportunities Summary Report, Public Opinion Survey, Draft Vision Statement and Guiding Principles and Draft Background Report.

The General Plan Update Assets, Issues, and Opportunities Summary Report, Public Opinion Survey, Draft Vision Statement and Guiding Principles, and REVISED Draft Background Report (dated January 2018), which are the subject of the upcoming Work Session, are currently available on the General Plan Update website at vc2040.org/documents

  • The Assets, Issues and Opportunities Summary documents thousands of public comments received during outreach activities that took place between April and September 2016.
  • The Public Opinion Survey provides objective, statistically reliable measures of residents’ opinions and preferences on a range of topics that will be addressed in the General Plan such as land use, economic development, transportation, housing and climate change. The bilingual (English/Spanish) survey was completed with 1,250 adults selected at random from households within Ventura County.
  • The proposed Vision Statement and Guiding Principles were completed with Planning Commission and community input and reflect existing County values, comments received during community outreach and new themes that incorporate current state laws and priorities identified by the Board of Supervisors. These include climate change, economic vitality, housing, transportation improvements geared for pedestrians and bicyclists, and healthy communities.
  • 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. Comments provided by the Planning Commission and the public will also be provided to the Board.

The Board of Supervisors Work Session will be held at 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA 93009, County Government Center, Hall of Administration, Board of Supervisors Hearing Room. The Board letter and exhibits will be available on Thursday, January 18th and may be viewed on the Board of Supervisors website at www.ventura.org/bosagenda, on the General Plan Update website at vc2040.org, or at the Planning Division Counter at the County of Ventura Government Center, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information about the County of Ventura General Plan Update, contact Susan Curtis at (805) 654-2497, email susan.curtis@ventura.org or visit the General Plan Update website at VC2040.org.

December 15, 2015 | Approval of the RMA Agency Director to Execute a Contract for the Preparation of the Ventura County General Plan Update

Approval of and authorization for the Resource Management Agency Director to execute a contract for the preparation of the Ventura County General Plan Update with Mintier Harnish LP. Agenda Item #57.

 

Mintier Harnish Consultant Team Selected to Assist the Ventura County General Plan Update

On December 15 2015, the Board of Supervisors authorized the Resource Management Agency to execute a contract with Mintier Harnish for preparation of the County’s General Plan Update. Mintier Harnish will serve as the lead consultant for the project, with support from a team of sub-consultants which include MIG, Ascent Environmental, Kimley-Horn, Applied Development Economics, Kennedy/Jenks, True North Research, and NRG Consulting. The consultant selection process included the October 1, 2015, release of a Request for Proposals; October 13, 2015, pre-submittal conference; and November 17, 2015, consultant selection interviews.

The recording of the December 15th Board of Supervisors hearing, along with the associated documents, can be accessed through the County’s online archives or using the links below:

September 22, 2015 | Presentation to the Board of Supervisors Regarding the General Plan Update Work Program

Resource Management Agency staff appeared in front of the Board of supervisors with a presentation regarding the General Plan Update. Staff proposed budget, timeline and scope of work for the proposed General Plan Update Work Program. Board of Supervisors directed staff to prepare and issue a Request For Proposals (RFP) to seek consultant assistance to complete the General Plan Update scope of work.

August 11, 2015 | Staff Requested Approval to Establish Two Full-Time Equivalent Positions Related to the Preparation of the General Plan Update

Approval of and authorization for the Human Resources Director to establish two full-time equivalent Positions related to the preparation of the General Plan Update, effective September 1, 2015.  Agenda Item #37.

August 4, 2015 | Board of Supervisors Provide Further Direction to Staff Regarding Scope of Work

RMA staff reported additional information to and received direction from the Board of Supervisors regarding the Scope of Work for the Ventura County General Plan. Agenda Item #28.

July 7, 2015 | Joint Study Session of the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission

January 27, 2015 | Resource Management Agency Appears Before Board of Supervisors

The Resource Management Agency presented a recommendation of preliminary tasks for developing a scope of work, budget and timeline for the County’s General Plan Update. Board of Supervisors Agenda Item #34.

Pre-Scoping Process for the General Plan Update

In January 2o15, the Resource Management Agency’s (RMA) Planning Division brought to the Board of Supervisors a request for direction regarding the General Plan Update and authorization to seek consultant assistance to develop a scope of work for the project. The staff report can be viewed online via the  Board of Supervisors online archives. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors approved the recommended action and in March the staff began working with the firm Mintier Harnish to develop a General Scope of Work.

The effort to develop a General Plan Update Work Program involved a significant outreach component. Public input was gathered through public workshops and stakeholder interviews held in April 2015. Using the information provided during April’s public outreach efforts, the County’s Planning Division staff and consultants produced a Work Program Options Report which was presented to the County’s citizens, Supervisors, and Planning Commissioners during a Joint Study Session and Public Workshop on July 7th. Summaries of the public workshops and stakeholder interviews can be viewed or downloaded using the links below:

Based on the direction received at the Joint Study Session and Public Workshop, a final recommended work program was prepared and presented to the Board of Supervisors on August 4 2015. The recommended work program reflects a comprehensive General Plan Update that includes a focused visioning process and alternatives analysis, extensive public engagement, three new elements (water, agriculture, and economic development), and inclusion of several contemporary topics (healthy communities, sustainability, and climate change). The Program also includes a reformatting and integration of the County’s Area Plans and a Wildlife Corridor Protection Program. The recording of the August 4th Board meeting, along with other documents associated with the presentation, can be accessed through the Ventura County Website at:

At its August 4th meeting, the Board of Supervisors asked for additional information, and requested the development of an optional work program. During a Board meeting on September 22nd, the Board received the requested additional information and took action to direct staff to move forward immediately with the recommended work program. The recording of the September 22nd Board meeting, along with other documents associated with the presentation, can be accessed via the Ventura County website, or by using the links below:

As directed by the Board of Supervisors, a Request for Proposals was issued to seek consultant assistance in the preparation of the General Plan Update. It is anticipated that a consultant will be retained and the Update will be formally initiated in January, 2016, and project the project will be completed by early 2020.