Recent posts includes updates, milestones, and upcoming items of interest for those keeping up with the Ventura County General Plan Update.

May 16 to June 30, 2016 | Overview Presentation Provided at Ventura County Municipal Advisory Councils

County staff presented an overview of the General Plan Update scope of work, schedule, and roles and responsibilities of the Municipal Advisory Councils. County Staff presented to the:

  • Ojai Valley Municipal Advisory Council on May 16th 2016
  • Casa Conejo Municipal Advisory Council on May 18th 2016
  • El Rio/Del Norte Municipal Advisory Council on May 19th 2016
  • Santa Rosa Valley Municipal Advisory Council on May 19th 2016
  • Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council on May 24th 2016
  • Somis Municipal Advisory Council on June 30th 2016

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April 7, 2016 | Presentation to the Planning Commission Outlining the General Plan Update Work Program

County staff and consultants provided a presentation to the Planning Commission outlining the Ventura County General Plan Update work program, schedule and Planning Commission roles and responsibilities. Agenda Item #7.

Planning Division Hosts Technical Advisory Committee and Focus Group Kick-Off Meeting

The Planning Division held a kick-off meeting on April 7, 2016, for the General Plan Update’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Focus Groups. The TAC is comprised County staff and has been formed to assist the Planning Division in providing data, information and feedback during the four-year General Plan Update process. The Focus Group members represent a variety of disciplines and expertise and will provide input on public review draft documents at key points throughout the General Plan Update process.

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.

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

April 22 to 23, 2015 | Pre-Scoping Public Workshops

Three public workshops were held on April 22nd and 23rd of 2015.  Results of these community workshops were reported in Appendix C of the Work Program Options Report.

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.