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

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You are invited to the November 9th Planning Commission Work Session for the General Plan Update

The public is invited to attend a Ventura County Planning Commission Work Session on Thursday, November 9, at 8:30 A.M., and provide input on activities related to the General Plan Update. Planning Division staff and project consultants will be discussing results of public outreach recently concluded on the proposed Vision Statement and Guiding Principles, the results of a countywide public survey, and revisions to the Draft Background Report. As the principal advisory body for the General Plan Update project, the Planning Commission will provide input to Planning Division staff during the Work Session. The public will also be able to provide comments.

The Planning Commission 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 staff report will be available on the Planning Division’s website at at vcrma.org/planning/hearings-agendas/planning-commission-hearings, on the General Plan Update website at vc2040.org/planning-commission or at the Planning Division Counter from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, a week before the Work Session.

The revised Draft Background Report is currently available on the General Plan Update website at vc2040.org/documents

For more information please contact Susan Curtis at (805) 654-2497, or email to susan.curtis@ventura.org, or visit the General Plan Update website at vc2040.org.

Affirm the Proposed Vision and Guiding Principles

What are the General Plan Update’s proposed Vision and Guiding Principles and what do they mean for Ventura County residents?

The Vision and Guiding Principles will create a framework of concepts that will be woven throughout the General Plan Update. These ideas will guide how policies are crafted and help determine if those policies fulfill the vision and guiding principles that were established earlier in the General Plan Update process. The proposed Vision and Guiding Principles were created through a combination of public input received in 2016 (as detailed in the Assets, Issues, and Opportunities Summary), direction from the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, and recommendation from the Ventura County Planning Commission.

The second round of public engagement is underway for the County of Ventura’s General Plan Update. Staff have already begun to visit municipal advisory and neighborhood councils as well as host open houses throughout the County. The public can visit these in-person opportunities or participate remotely.

A few of the opportunities to participate in the General Plan Update include providing your input through the methods noted below:

In addition to the questionnaires, the public is welcome to submit their comments, or hard copies of the questionnaire to the County by emailing responses directly to staff at generalplanupdate@ventura.org, mailing comments by U.S. Postal Service (Attn: General Plan Update, RMA Planning Division, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, CA 93009-1740), or by visiting the Planning Division (Hall of Administration, 3rd Floor, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, CA 93009) and submitting comments in person.

County Requesting Input on General Plan Update’s Vision and Guiding Principles

VENTURA, Calif. – The County of Ventura Planning Division will meet with the public in the coming weeks to gather comments on a proposed Vision and set of Guiding Principles for the County General Plan Update. People have several options for providing feedback, including Municipal Advisory Council meetings, completion of an online questionnaire, or attending […]

You are invited! June 8th Planning Commission Work Session To Review Key General Plan Update Documents

The public is invited to attend a Ventura County Planning Commission Work Session on Thursday, June 8th at 5:30 P.M., and provide input on the General Plan Update Draft Background Report, Assets, Issues and Opportunities Summary and proposed Vision Statement and Guiding Principles. As the principal advisory body for the General Plan Update project, the Planning Commission will provide input to Planning Division staff during the Work Session. The public will also be able to provide comments.

The Planning Commission 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 staff report is available on the Planning Division’s website at www.vcrma.org/planning/hearings-agendas/planning-commission-hearings, on this website at vc2040.org/planning-commission, or the Planning Division 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, or by email at susan.curtis@ventura.org

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 VC2040.org/fg

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

EMAIL to: GeneralPlanUpdate@ventura.org

Submit online comment form for Draft Background Report found at: VC2040.org

All documents are available to the public on the General Plan Update website at www.vc2040.org 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 susan.curtis@ventura.org or visit the General Plan website at www.vc2040.org.

Community Members Engage In General Plan Update at 12 Locations Throughout Ventura County

Over 250 community members attended 12 community workshops held throughout Ventura County between July 13th and August 11th of this year. In addition to a final workshop hosted at the Ventura County Government Center, locations varied in size and type by relying on diverse facilities throughout Ventura County such as the Somis School auditorium, Saticoy public library, Channel Islands Boating Center, US Forest Service’s Mt. Pinos ranger station, and Ventura County Fire Station #56 along the  Pacific Coast Highway.

Although the first round of community workshops ended on August 11th 2016, County staff will be accepting submissions via an online questionnaire for a limited time before analyzing data from this round of public outreach.

Online Workshop Questionnaire Available for Community Members

Community members who are unable to attend any of the twelve community workshops scheduled for July and August can participate in the Ventura County General Plan Update’s first series of community workshops by completing an  online questionnaire.

The Ventura County General Plan Update’s first series of community workshops kicked off on July 13th in an event co-hosted with the Santa Rosa Valley Municipal Advisory Council. The series includes twelve workshops occurring at locations throughout Ventura County.

The General Plan is the “blueprint” for future growth and development within the unincorporated areas of Ventura County over the next 20 years. A series of additional workshops will be held in the near future to address guiding principles for the General Plan, land use alternatives, and goals and policies that address a wide range of issues including land use, transportation, water, agriculture, economic development, and climate change.

Links below include information related to the community workshop dates, times, and locations for all twelve workshops scheduled to occur in July and August:

Community Workshops Announced for July and August 2016

The community is invited to participate in a workshop for the General Plan Update being held by the County of Ventura, Planning Division. We’ll discuss what you like about the County, current issues and challenges, and potential options for addressing those challenges through the General Plan. The workshops will be held at twelve locations throughout the County from July 13th through August 11th.  Each workshop will cover the same topics and Spanish translation will be available at workshops in Oak View, Fillmore, and Saticoy.

The General Plan is the “blueprint” for future growth and development within the unincorporated areas of Ventura County over the next 20 years. A series of additional workshops will be held in the near future to address guiding principles for the General Plan, land use alternatives, and goals and policies that address a wide range of issues including land use, transportation, water, agriculture, economic development, and climate change.

Links below indicate the community workshop dates, times, and locations for all twelve workshops scheduled to occur in July and August:

Community members who are unable to attend a workshop can participate by completing an  online questionnaire.

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.