General Plan Update Timeline

PHASE 1 | Project Initiation – COMPLETED

Set up the Framework | Winter 2015 to Spring 2016
The project team completed a final work program, timeline, and strategy for community outreach. Key community issues and future opportunities were identified and the Planning Commission held its first Work Session as part of the General Plan Update.
Winter 2017 to Fall 2018

PHASE 2 | Background Report – COMPLETED

Assess Existing Conditions in the County | Winter 2015 to Summer 2017

The project team identified existing conditions in the County, sometimes referred to as the “baseline” conditions and held meetings throughout the community to better understand the assets, issues, and opportunities in Ventura County. This analysis and outreach were summarized in a Background Report. The goal of this phase was to get a good idea of where Ventura County was so the project team could have a clear starting point for developing new guiding principles and policies for the future.
Winter 2015 to Summer 2017

PHASE 3 | Guiding Principles – COMPLETED

Develop Guiding Principles | Summer 2017 to Winter 2017
This phase focused on the development of guiding principles that support a vision for the County’s future growth and development and represent the core values of the community. Guiding principles can address a variety of issues such as where new housing and employment development can be best accommodated, preserving natural resources and wildlife habitat, coordinating development around existing and future transportation corridors, supporting public health, safety and social justice, and educating and preparing a robust workforce
Summer 2017 to Winter 2017

PHASE 4 | Evaluate Alternatives – COMPLETED

Develop Options and Alternatives | Winter 2017 to Fall 2018

Ventura County is unique compared to other counties in California because for many years its growth and development have been shaped by the Guidelines for Orderly Development and the Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources (SOAR) initiatives passed by individual cities within the County. While future growth and development will incorporate these existing land use policies, the project will develop a range of development options dealing with issues such as land use, transportation, and growth alternatives.
Winter 2017 to Fall 2018

PHASE 5 | Draft General Plan – COMPLETED

Prepare a Draft General Plan | Fall 2018 to Summer 2019
The information and input generated in the prior project phases was used to develop goals, policies and programs that led to the 2040 General Plan. During this phase, the public had the opportunity to review and comment on the Preliminary Public Review Draft 2040 General Plan (published May 2019) and the Public Review Draft 2040 General Plan (published January 2020), and both were reviewed by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.
Fall 2018 to Summer 2019

PHASE 6 | Program Environmental Impact Report – COMPLETED

Conduct an Environmental Review of the Draft General Plan | Winter 2018 to Spring 2020
An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was completed for the project. An EIR presents detailed information about a proposed project’s environmental effects, includes options for minimizing a proposed project’s significant environmental effects, and presents reasonable alternatives that would create fewer environmental impacts than the one being proposed. The public had the opportunity to review and comment on the EIR, as did the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

PHASE 7 | General Plan Adoption – COMPLETED

Final Steps – Adopt a new General Plan | Winter 2019 to Fall 2020
As a result of the environmental analysis, any necessary revisions to the General Plan were incorporated and a final document was prepared and presented to the both the Planning Commission and the Board Supervisors. The Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors conducted public hearings on the 2040 General Plan before it was formally adopted by the Board of Supervisors on September 15, 2020.