VENTURA, CA – The Ventura County Planning Division invites community members to a virtual public meeting on February 22, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss an update to the Ventura County General Plan to include additional designated disadvantaged communities in the unincorporated county areas of North Ventura Avenue, Oxnard Plain, and Santa Paula. The purpose of the meeting is to review recent direction from the Board of Supervisors on this project and hear from the public on issues related to being a designated disadvantaged community.
The County’s General Plan is a policy document that reflects a long-term vision for land use, health and safety, economic advancement, and resource conservation in unincorporated Ventura County through the year 2040. Including designated disadvantaged communities in the General Plan helps to ensure that these communities can benefit from grant funding opportunities and tailored County policies and programs intended to safeguard these communities from further environmental pollution, prioritize improvements to public services and infrastructure, and enhance public outreach and participation on development projects.
The General Plan currently includes the designated disadvantaged communities of Saticoy, Piru, and El Rio/Del Norte (including Nyeland Acres), and on December 5, 2023, the Board of Supervisors directed the Planning Division to include additional designated disadvantaged communities in the unincorporated county areas of North Ventura Avenue (except the Valley Vista neighborhood), Oxnard Plain, and Santa Paula. To carry out the Board’s direction, the Planning Division is preparing a General Plan Amendment, which is a process to update the General Plan. This update will be discussed at the virtual public meeting.
The meeting is open to anyone interested in participating. Spanish interpretation will be available. Register online at vcrma.org/ddcstudy-zoom to attend the meeting. Comments can also be submitted via email to DDC@ventura.org or mailed to: County of Ventura, Planning Division, Attn: Jessica Nguyen, 800 S. Victoria Avenue #L1740, Ventura, CA 93009. All public input received will be presented to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors at public hearings later this year.