Throughout the General Plan Update process, the public is encouraged to review and comment on various General Plan Update documents including:

  • Draft Background Report
  • Preliminary Public Review Draft General Plan
  • Public Review Draft General Plan
  • Draft Program Environmental Impact Report
  • General Plan

Noitice of Preparation

January 10, 2019. Click on the above link.

The County, as the lead agency, has determined that the proposed 2040 General Plan Update may have one or more significant effects on the environment and will prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The purpose of the Notice of Preparation (NOP) is to call attention to this EIR and to request that interested persons help the County identify significant environmental issues, mitigation measures, and range of reasonable alternatives that should be addressed in the EIR. Information on the 2040 General Plan Update, topics to be addressed in the EIR, and instructions on how to provide comments on the scope and content of the EIR are provided below.

Pursuant to Section 15063(a) of the State CEQA Guidelines, no Initial Study will be prepared. The EIR will analyze the full range of environmental topics contemplated under CEQA and the State CEQA Guidelines, including the following:

  • Aesthetics
  • Agriculture and Forest Resources
  • Air Quality
  • Biological Resources
  • Cultural Resources
  • Energy
  • Geology/Soils
  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Hazards/Hazardous Materials
  • Hydrology/Water Quality
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Mineral Resources
  • Noise
  • Population/Housing
  • Public Services
  • Recreation
  • Transportation
  • Tribal Cultural Resources
  • Utilities/Service Systems
  • Wildfire

The EIR will analyze alternatives, cumulative impacts, growth-inducing impacts, and other issues required by CEQA. In addition, the EIR will expand on the environmental topics addressed in CEQA and the State CEQA Guidelines by addressing the full range of environmental topics contemplated in the County’s 2011 Initial Study Assessment Guidelines which are available online at: https://docs.vcrma.org/images/pdf/planning/ceqa/current_ISAG.pdf.


Alternatives Report (Chapters 7 through 9)

Dated October 31, 2018. Click on above link. Note: Chapter 8 of this document was revised following its initial release on October 24, 2018.

The Draft Alternatives Report (Chapters 7 through 9) corresponds with the report presented to the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission during a joint work session November 6, 2018.

To view larger versions of the Existing Community and Area Plan maps found in Chapter 8 (Appendix 1), click on the links below:

Alternatives Report (Chapters 1 through 6)

Dated July 26, 2018. Click on above link.

The Draft Alternatives Report (Chapters 1 through 6) corresponds with the report presented to the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission during a joint work session on July 31, 2018. Additional chapters will be added to this document during an additional joint work session scheduled for November 6, 2018.


Draft Vision and Guiding Principles

Dated May 8, 2018. Click on above link.

The Draft Vision and Guiding Principles are those resulting from input and refinement provided by the public, Board of Supervisors, and Planning Commission between November 2017 and May 2018.


Alternatives Concept Report

Dated April 17, 2018. Click on above link.

Documents acts as an annotated outline of the topics to be covered and approach to be taken within the General Plan Update’s Alternatives Report.


(REVISED) Draft Background Report

Dated January 2018. Due to large file sizes, the document has been uploaded as separate chapters. Click on chapter title to view:

Changes made since the prior publication of the revised Draft Background report (October 2017) are tracked.



General Plan Update Public Opinion Survey Summary Report

Dated November 1, 2017. Click on above link.


Assets, Issues, and Opportunities Summary Report


General Plan Update Overview - Newsletter No. 1

Dated March 2017. Click on above link.


Scope of Work

Dated October 30, 2015. The General Plan Update Scope of Work includes details related to project tasks as adopted by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.


Alternatives - Newsletter No. 2

(Coming Fall 2018)


Preliminary Public Review Draft General Plan

(Coming Fall 2018)


Preliminary Public Review Draft General Plan - Newsletter No. 3

(Coming Winter/Spring 2018)


Public Review Draft General Plan

(Coming Fall 2018)


Draft General Plan - Newsletter No. 4

(Coming Winter/Spring 2019)

Draft Program Environmental Impact Report

(Coming Winter/Spring 2019)


Program Environmental Impact Report

(Coming Spring/Summer 2019)


General Plan

(Coming Winter 2019)