Ventura County Local Coastal Program Update

The County of Ventura is amending the Local Coastal Program (LCP), which is the document that defines the County’s goals, policies, programs, and land use regulations for the coastal zone. The focus of this update is to achieve conformance with state and federal laws and with current County and California Coastal Commission (Coastal Commission) standards. All work through 2016 was funded through a federal grant from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP). This webpage includes updates to the LCP amendment process which can be accessed by clicking on the following links:

  1. Introduction
  2. What’s New – Phase 2B Board of Supervisors Hearing on December 6th
  3. Existing Local Coastal Program
  4. LCP Maps


LCP amendments are being made in the following phases:

  • Phase 1 was certified by the California Coastal Commission in February 2013. It included amendments to the Coastal Zoning Ordinance (CZO) that address regulatory clarifications and minor policy changes that bring the CZO into conformance with current state and federal standards, allow for more efficient processing of coastal development permits, and acknowledge technological changes that occurred since the CZO was originally adopted in the 1980s.

  • Phase 2A was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on June 21, 2016 and it was conditionally certified by the Coastal Commission on December 8, 2016 with modifications. On May 11, 2017 the Coastal Commission concurred with the Executive Director’s determination that the County’s follow-up actions are legally adequate, and thus completed the certification process. The Phase 2A amendment package includes policy modifications to the Coastal Area Plan (CAP) and CZO in seven topic areas: archaeological/paleontological resources, filming, parking, public noticing, signs, tree protection and water efficient landscaping.

  • Phase 2B was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on December 6, 2016 and it was conditionally certified by the Coastal Commission on March 9, 2017 with modifications. In June, 2017 the Coastal Commission is expected to decide whether it concurs with the Executive Director’s determination that the County’s follow-up actions are legally adequate, and thus complete the certification process. The Phase 2B amendment package includes three topics: Coastal Trail, Wireless Facilities, and Civil and Administrative Penalties.

  • Phase 2C includes one topic, Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas, or ESHA. Phase 2C is currently under development. This topic is tentatively scheduled for public review during the 2017-18 fiscal year.



Introduction

Land use development in the Coastal Zone (click here for map links) is governed by the terms and conditions of the Ventura County LCP which consists of the Coastal Area Plan (CAP), the Coastal Zoning Ordinance (CZO), and two Categorical Exclusion Orders – all of which are subject to the Coastal Act (Pub. Res. Code § 30000 et seq.) and corresponding Coastal Regulations (14 Cal. Code of Regs. § 13000 et seq.).

Since it was first enacted in 1983, amendments were made to the CZO to address specific land use policy issues (e.g. second dwelling units and camps). For example, the Board adopted new policies/standards for reasonable accommodation as a part of the Housing Element in 2011 (Coastal Act § 30510 et seq.).

The Categorical Exclusion Order was incorporated into the CZO in 1987. The Categorical Exclusion Order is a legislative action enacted by the Coastal Commission in accordance with § 30610 of the Coastal Act. It exempts certain categories of development from Coastal Development Permit requirements because they have no possibility of causing environmental impacts. The Categorical Exclusion Order pre-empts the County’s Coastal Zoning Ordinance, which means that the regulations enacted by the order apply regardless of whether or not they are integrated in the local zoning ordinance.

Amendments to the LCP require an extensive process, including multiple opportunities for public input. First, the amendments must be prepared and approved by the local jurisdiction. As part of its approval process, the local government adopts a resolution stating that the amendment will become effective automatically upon certification by the Coastal Commission. Next, the ordinance is presented to the Coastal Commission. If the ordinance is certified by the Coastal Commission, the following steps must be completed before the ordinance becomes effective:

  1. The local government must complete any required follow-up actions.
  2. The Executive Director of the Coastal Commission must determine, in writing, that these actions are legally adequate.
  3. The Coastal Commission must concur with the Executive Director’s determination.



What’s New?

Phase 2A and 2B LCP Amendments Are Nearing Completion

Commission’s suggested modifications to the Phase 2A and 2B LCP Amendments. The materials from these public hearings have been submitted to the Coastal Commission to complete the certification process. During the Coastal Commission hearing on May 11, 2017, the Executive Director of the Coastal Commission determined that the Phase 2A submittal is legally adequate and the Coastal Commission completed the certification process. After the Executive Director determines that Phase 2B submittal is legally adequate, the Coastal Commission is also likely to complete the certification process for the Phase 2B amendments during its regularly scheduled hearing in June 2017. The Planning Division is preparing to publish updates to the LCP and complete other implementation tasks for Phase 2A and 2B.

  • Click HERE for the Phase 2A materials which were submitted to the Coastal Commission to complete the certification process.
  • Click HERE for the Executive Director Determination regarding the Phase 2A amendments.
  • Click BELOW for the Phase 2B materials which were submitted to the Coastal Commission to complete the certification process.
    Part 1 of the document
    Part 2 of the document
    Part 3 of the document

Questions on this LCP amendment process may directed to the case planner, Aaron Engstrom at (805) 654-2936 with questions.




Existing Local Coastal Plan

See the existing Ventura County Planning documents for the LCP here:




Coastal Maps


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