The Public is Invited to Attend Planning Commission Work Sessions for the Preliminary Public Review Draft of the 2040 General Plan

The public is invited to attend a series of three Planning Commission work sessions for the Preliminary Public Review Draft of the 2040 General Plan, the first of which is scheduled for Thursday June 6th. The second work session will be held on Thursday, June 13th, and the third work session will be held on Thursday, June 20th. All work sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m.
  • Click here to learn more about the Planning Commission work sessions and view the staff report which will be available on May 30, 2019.
  • Click here to access the Preliminary Public Review Draft of the 2040 General Plan in our Documents Library.

June 6th, 13th and 20th, 2019 | Planning Commission Series of Work Sessions No. 4

Notice Of Planning Commission General Plan Update Work Sessions

The public is invited to attend a series of three Planning Commission work sessions regarding the Preliminary Public Review Draft of the 2040 General Plan, the first of which is scheduled for Thursday June 6th. The second work session will be held on Thursday, June 13th, and the third work session will be held on Thursday, June 20th. All work sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m.  

LOCATION: 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009, County Government Center, Hall of Administration, Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room

CASE NUMBER: Planning Division Case Number PL17-0141; All Supervisorial Districts.

WORK SESSION OBJECTIVE: The General Plan Update project includes the completion of the Preliminary Public Review Draft 2040 General Plan (draft General Plan). The General Plan is a long-range planning document that will guide land use, resource protection and development through 2040. The General Plan includes goals, policies and programs on topics including biological and open space resources, climate change, economic vitality, agriculture, water resources, public facilities and other key issues. The Planning Division will present the chapters of the draft General Plan (also referred to as Elements) to the Planning Commission during the series of work sessions. Planning Division staff will also present public comments received on the draft General Plan and comments from subject-matter experts serving on six issue-specific Focus Groups. Public comments received during the course of the three work sessions will be provided to the Planning Commission as they are received and will be available for public review at: https://vcrma.org/planning-commission-hearings-live-broadcasts-and-video-archive.

Planning Division staff is requesting that the Planning Commission provide its recommendations on revisions to the draft General Plan for future review by the Board of Supervisors.

Draft General Plan - Planning Commission Work Sessions

Work Session Date

Topics for Review

Thursday, June 6, 2019

  • Introduction, Glossary, Appendix A (Area Plan and Existing Community Land Use Maps), Appendix C (SOAR Ordinance)
  • Land Use Element
  • Circulation, Transportation, and Mobility Element
  • Reformatted Area Plans:
      • El Rio/Del Norte
      • Lake Sherwood/Hidden Valley
      • North Ventura Avenue
      • Oak Park
      • Ojai Valley
      • Piru
      • Thousand Oaks

Thursday, June 13, 2019

  • Conservation and Open Space Element
  • Hazards and Safety Element
  • Public Facilities and Infrastructure Element
  • Appendix B (Climate Change)

Thursday, June 20, 2019

  • Economic Vitality Element
  • Agriculture Element
  • Water Resources Element
  • Housing Element and Preliminary Regional Housing Needs Allocation Discussion
  • Click here to access the Preliminary Public Review Draft of the 2040 General Plan in our Documents Library

Comments on the Preliminary Public Review Draft of the 2040 General Plan may be submitted by email to the General Plan Update Section at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or faxed to Susan Curtis's attention at (805) 654-2509.

Alternatively, comments may be submitted by mail to:
Ventura County Resource Management Agency, Planning Division
Attn: Susan Curtis, Manager, General Plan Update
800 S. Victoria Ave., L #1740
Ventura, CA 93009-1740

Inquiries or comments on this item may be directed to Susan Curtis, General Plan Update Manager, at (805) 654-2497 or via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The staff report will be available on Thursday, May 30, 2019. It may be viewed on the Planning Division website at https://vcrma.org/planning-commission-hearings-live-broadcasts-and-video-archive, or 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.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in this meeting, please call (805) 654-2251. Note also that from time to time, meetings are cancelled or rescheduled. We recommend that you contact the General Plan Update Manager to confirm the schedule one day prior to the meeting date.


November 6, 2018 | County Hosted Work Session to Discuss County General Plan update Alternatives Report and Policy Topics

The public was invited to attend Joint Ventura County Board of Supervisors/Planning Commission Work Session No. 4 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 1:00 P.M., on the General Plan Update Alternatives Report. 

LOCATION: 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA  93009, County Government Center, Hall of Administration, Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room

CASE NUMBER: Planning Division Case Number PL17-0141; All Supervisorial Districts.

WORK SESSION OBJECTIVE: The General Plan Update project includes the completion of several key documents that support the development of the updated General Plan, including an Alternatives Report.  The Alternatives Report explores different options for accommodating future growth and presents policy topics such as agriculture, climate change, housing, and economic development through 2040. Building upon the first six chapters of the report, which cover the project’s Vision and Guiding Principles, proposed General Plan organization, development constraints, development capacity, and historic population growth rates and 2020-2040 growth projections, project consultants presentrf the final three chapters of the report which discuss the evaluation criteria, land use alternatives and policy topics.  

The Alternatives Report is available on this website at vc2040.org/review/documents.

Inquiries on this item may be directed to Susan Curtis, General Plan Update Manager, at (805) 654-2497 or via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The staff report is available and may be viewed on the Board of Supervisors website at www.ventura.org/bosagenda. Additionally, documents associated with Joint Work Session No. 4 are provided below:


July 31, 2018 | County Hosted Work Session to Discuss County General Plan Update Alternatives Report

VENTURA, Calif. – The public was invited to attend and provide input at Joint Ventura County Board of Supervisors/Planning Commission Work Session No. 3 on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 1:30 P.M., on the General Plan Update Alternatives Report.  The work session was held at the County Government Center, Hall of Administration, Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA 93009.

This was the first of two work sessions to discuss the Alternatives Report, a document that explores different options for how the County could accommodate future growth and policy alternatives, such as agriculture, climate change, housing, and economic development through 2040.

During this work session, Planning Division staff and project consultants presented the report’s first six chapters to the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission which included the Introduction, Vision and Guiding Principles, Proposed General Plan Organization, Development Constraints, Development Capacity, and Historic Population Growth Rates and 2020-2040 Growth Projections.

A second work session on the Alternatives Report chapters seven through nine, which will include the Alternatives Evaluation, Land Use Alternatives, and Policy Topics, will be presented to the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission later this fall.

Inquiries on this item may be directed to Susan Curtis, General Plan Update Manager, at (805) 654-2497 or via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The board letter is  available and may be viewed on the Board of Supervisors website at www.ventura.org/bosagenda. Additionally, documents associated with Joint Work Session No. 3 are provided below:


April 17, 2018 | Joint Board of Supervisors/Planning Commission Work Session No. 2

The public was invited to attend the joint Ventura County Board of Supervisors/Planning Commission Work Session on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 1:30 P.M., on the General Plan Update Alternatives Concept Report.

LOCATION: 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura, CA  93009, County Government Center, Hall of Administration, Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room

CASE NUMBER: Planning Division Case Number PL17-0141; All Supervisorial Districts.

WORK SESSION OBJECTIVE: The Planning Division and project consultants reviewed the Alternatives Concept Report with the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission. Completion of the Alternatives Concept Report was the first step in the development and evaluation of potential land use and policy alternatives. Staff also presented a summary of recent public outreach events held throughout the County. The Alternatives Evaluation phase of the General Plan Update outlines options for how the County could accommodate future growth and how the General Plan could address major policy topics such as agriculture, climate change, housing, and economic development.

A final Alternatives Report will be presented to the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission in summer of 2019. 

Inquiries on this item may be directed to Susan Curtis, General Plan Update Manager, at (805) 654-2497 or via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The board letter is  available and may be viewed on the Board of Supervisors website at www.ventura.org/bosagenda. Additionally, documents associated with Joint Work Session No. 2 are provided below:


November 9, 2017 | Planning Commission Work Session No. 3

Planning Division staff presented a pair of General Plan Update agenda items to the Planning Commission on November 9, 2017. Details of each of the items are below, and can be accessed on the Resource Management Agency’s website.

Agenda Item #5: PL17-0141 General Plan Update: Draft Vision Statement and Guiding Principles, Community Engagement Activities, and Public Opinion Survey

Agenda Item #6: PL17-0141 Revised Draft Background Report and Launch of Phase 4 – Evaluating Alternatives


June 8, 2017 | Planning Commission Work Session No. 2

Planning Division staff presented General Plan Update information to the Planning Commission on June 8, 2017. Details are below and can also be found on the Resource Management Agency website.


April 7, 2016 | Planning Commission Work Session No. 1, A Presentation to the Planning Commission Outlining the General Plan Update Work Program

On April 7 2016, the Planning Division’s General Plan Update staff and consultants presented an overview to the General Plan Update final work program and schedule, community engagement strategy and the Commission’s roles and responsibilities in the General Plan Update process. The Planning Commission staff report for this work session is available through the County’s online archives as well as the links below:


July 30, 2015 | RMA Agency Director Reviews Upcoming Presentation of the General Plan Update Work Program

RMA Agency Director, Chris Stephens, provides an overview of the upcoming presentation of the General Plan Update Work Program to the Board of Supervisors. Agenda Item #10.


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

The Ventura County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission received a presentation regarding the progress to date on the preliminary work tasks for the General Plan Update Work Program. Agenda Item #40.