***This post was updated on March 26, 2018 to reflect changes to the Open House Schedule***

VENTURA, Calif. – The Ventura County Planning Division will host open houses around the county as part of the General Plan Update project. Options for how the county could grow in the future and how the General Plan could address policies related to issues such as climate change, housing, and economic development, will be explored. A summary of public input will be provided to the County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission during their next joint work session.

March 26, 2018 - Open House Schedule

  • Orvene S. Carpenter Community Center, 550 Park Avenue, Port Hueneme

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Grant Brimhall Library, 1401 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks

Monday, March 19, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Ventura County Museum of Agriculture, 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View

Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Mount Pinos Ranger Station, 34580 Lockwood Valley Road, Frazier Park

Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • Roger Jones Community Center, 2864 Jourdan St., Oxnard

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 6:00 PM

This workshop will be offered in Spanish and translated in Mixteco.

Open House Posters, which include information and topics to be discussed at each Open House, can be accessed online at:

The Planning Division will also host Focus Group meetings with subject matter experts to discuss topics such as water resources and agriculture. These meeting are open to public:

FOCUS GROUP MEETING SCHEDULE

All meeting occurring in the Pacific Conference Room at the Ventura County Hall of Justice, 800 S. Victoria Avenue in Ventura.

Monday, March 19, 2018

  • 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Water Focus Group
  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Climate Change Focus Group
  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Agriculture Focus Group
  • 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Open Space and Recreation Focus Group

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Transportation and Infrastructure Focus Group 
  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Economic Development Focus Group
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Housing Focus Group

- El Condado Organizará un Taller, en español y traducida en Mixteco, para el Plan General Actualizado | The County Organizes a Workshop, in Spanish and Translated in Mixteco, for the General Plan Update

VENTURA, Calif. – La Comunidad está invitada a participar en el taller para la Actualización del Plan General que facilitará la División de Planificación del Condado de Ventura. Se explorarán opciones de como las áreas no incorporadas del condado, o fuera de las ciudades, pueden crecer en el futuro y como el Plan General podría dirigirse a las pólizas relacionadas a los problemas como, transportación, agricultura y granjas, y problemas de vivienda. Un transductor de Mixteco estará disponible.

El Supervisor John Zaragoza estará presente y recomendar a los residentes del condado del área no incorporada a asistir a este taller muy importante con respecto al Plan General 2040 del Condado de Ventura.

Un resumen de comentarios públicos se proporcionará a la Junta de Supervisores del Condado y a la Comisión de Planificación durante su siguiente sesión en conjunto programada para el 17 de abril del 2018 a la 1:30 PM.

HORARIO DE TALLER

Miércoles, 4 de abril del 2018 a 6:00 p.m.

Centro Comunitario Roger Jones, 2864 Jourdan St., Oxnard


VENTURA, Calif. – The community is invited to participate in a Spanish language workshop for the General Plan Update being held by the County of Ventura, Planning Division. Options for how the county could grow in the future and how the General Plan could address policies related to issues such as housing, transportation, and agriculture, will be explored. Translation services for Mixteco speaking participants will be available

Supervisor John Zaragoza will be present and encourages County residents of the unincorporated area to attend this very important workshop regarding the Ventura County 2040 General Plan.

A summary of public input will be provided to the County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission at their joint work session scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 1:30 PM.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Roger Jones Community Center, 2864 Jourdan St., Oxnard


- County Reschedules General Plan Update Open Houses Due to Rain Event

VENTURA, Calif. – The Ventura County Planning Division has rescheduled the Santa Paula and Oak View Open House events due to the current rainstorm.

The Open Houses will include opportunities for the public to learn about and provide input on how the County could grow in the future and how the General Plan could address policies related to issues such as climate change, housing, and economic development. A summary of public input will be provided to the County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission at their joint work session scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 1:30 PM.

Project information, including a complete listing of Open Houses is available online at VC2040.org.

RESCHEDULED OPEN HOUSES

  • Ventura County Museum of Agriculture, 926 Railroad Avenue, Santa Paula

NEW DATE: Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, Oak View

NEW DATE: Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


January 22, 2018 - Board Letter and Additional Documents Available for Board of Supervisors Work Session No. 1

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 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 are available and may be viewed on the Board of Supervisors website at www.ventura.org/bosagenda 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. Using the links below, various Board of Supervisors work session documents can be accessed:

For more information about the County of Ventura General Plan Update, contact Susan Curtis at (805) 654-2497, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


January 9, 2018 - 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 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the General Plan Update website at VC2040.org.


October 17, 2017 - 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit the General Plan Update website at vc2040.org.


July 29, 2017 | General Plan Update Open House at Three Locations

The RMA Planning Division hosted open house events at three libraries within the County’s library system, providing information related to the General Plan Update’s proposed Vision and set of Guiding Principles at Saticoy Library, Ray D. Prueter Library in Port Hueneme, and Fillmore Library.


August 2, 2017 - 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:

  • Public Participation Opportunities Announcement

Announcement for Public Participation in the Proposed Vision and Guiding Principles (PDF)

Anuncio por La Participación Pública en La Visión Propuesta y Principios Rectores (PDF)

  • Online Questionnaire – Submit your comments online!

Online Questionnaire | Vision and Guiding Principles

Cuestionario En-Línea | Visión y Principios Rectores

  • Questionnaire (PDF) – Version for download or print

Questionnaire | Vision and Guiding Principles (PDF Version)

Cuestionario | Visión y Principios Rectores (Versión PDF)

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 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.


May 22, 2017 - 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


March 20, 2017 - 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

March 14, 2017 - 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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the General Plan website at www.vc2040.org.


August 16, 2016 - 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.

Click here to provide your input on the VC2040 Online Questionnaire - No longer available.


July 19, 2016 - 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:


July 8, 2016 - 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.


April 7, 2016 - 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.


January 26, 2015 - 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.