Public to weigh in on 20-year plan for future of Ventura County July 16 via Zoom and in person

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Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News senior reporter
Ojai Valley residents can weigh in on the county’s proposed roadmap for future development, at a Ventura County Planning Commission meeting set for July 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the Ventura County Government Center Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura.
The public is invited to attend the hearing on the Draft 2040 General Plan and Program Environmental Impact Report via Zoom and in person. Those who attend in person will have temperature checks, be required to wear a face covering unless they have a medical exemption, and adhere to social distancing.

The public can view the livestreamed meeting while it is both in session, and recorded for later viewing, at


The 2040 General Plan is a long-range planning document that covers a wide range of topic areas, from future population and employment growth to resource and cultural resource protection.

The draft plan also includes elements addressing climate change, agriculture, economic vitality and water resources.

The plan has been revised over the years, but this would be the first comprehensive update since 1988.

The update process on the plan began in 2016. It will have a 20-year planning horizon, through 2040.


The draft plan and EIR were released to the public in January. Public comments received on the documents will be presented to the Ventura County Planning Commission at Thursday’s meeting, along with the county’s recommended revisions to the documents.

At the meeting, held via teleconference due to COVID-19 restrictions, the public can hear the county’s submission of the draft plan and EIR, and provide comments.

The Draft 2040 General Plan and EIR are available online at

To attend the July 16 meeting and make comments, visit


To participate:

Read draft

The Draft 2040 General Plan and environmental impact report are available to the public on the General Plan Update Project’s website on the Planning Division website at (select “CEQA Environmental Review” to review the EIR).

It is also available at the county of Ventura, Resource Management Agency, Planning Division Public Counter, 3rd Floor, Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

View public comments and stakeholder responses

Email comments

To participate in the hearing and submit e-mailed comments, the day of the hearing, go to a weblink on Thursday July 16, at 8:30 a.m.:

Call in comments

To call in public comments using Zoom, register at and click on no later than 3:30 p.m. the day prior to the Planning Commission hearing, which is Wednesday, July 15. Provide your name, email, and the phone number you will be calling in from. You will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link and password by 5 a.m. the day of the Planning Commission hearing.

Digital versions available

Digital versions of the draft 2040 General Plan and EIR are also be available through Ventura County Library services, which are available at



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