Ventura County General Plan

County of Ventura


County of Ventura Area Plans


County of Ventura

  • Coastal Area Plan and Local Coastal Plan
  • El Rio/Del Norte Area Plan
  • Lake Sherwood/Hidden Valley Area Plan
  • North Ventura Avenue Area Plan
  • Oak Park Area Plan
  • Ojai Valley Area Plan
  • Piru Area Plan
  • Saticoy Area Plan
  • Thousand Oaks Area Plan>

SOAR (Save Our Agricultural and Open Space Resources)

The Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources, better known as SOAR, is actually a collection of ordinances and voter initiatives that require a public vote before agricultural land or open space can be developed. Since 1995, SOAR regulations have been enacted for eight Ventura County cities and the County’s unincorporated areas.

The County SOAR initiative, enacted November 3, 1998, requires a countywide public vote before the Ventura County Board of Supervisors can rezone any unincorporated land designated under the Ventura County General Plan as open space, agricultural or rural. A public vote is also needed for changes to a goal or policy of the Ventura County General Plan related to those land use designations. Several cities in Ventura County also have SOAR regulations that establish “city urban restriction boundary” lines, or CURB lines. City voters must approve a change to CURB lines before a city can develop outside an existing CURB line.

The current term for the County SOAR ends in 2020 and a renewal initiative has qualified to be placed on the ballot in November 2016.


Guidelines for Orderly Development

County of Ventura


General Plan Guidelines

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research


California General Plan Glossary

California Planning Roundtable


Ventura County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

Office of Emergency Services, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department


Ventura County Economic Vitality Strategic Plan

The Ventura County Economic Vitality Strategic Plan champions the County’s local economy and works to create targeted, sustainable economic growth.


State of the Region Report

Ventura County Civic Alliance


Local Profile, Ventura County

Southern California Association of Governments


VCTC Bicycle Wayfinding Plan

Ventura County Transportation Commission


Transportation Model - Coming Soon

Ventura County Transportation Commission