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 is 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 1980’s.

  • Phase 2A was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on June 21, 2016 and it was certified by the Coastal Commission on December 8, 2016 with modifications. The Coastal-Commission suggested modifications are scheduled to be heard by the Board of Supervisors at 11:30 a.m. on March 14, 2017. 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 is currently before the Coastal Commission for certification. The Coastal Commission certification hearing is tentatively scheduled between March 8th and March 10th, 2017. The Phase 2B amendment package includes three topics: Coastal Trail, Wireless Facilities, and Civil and Administrative Penalties. Click HERE to find out more about upcoming meetings or available public review documents.

  • Phase 2C includes one topic, Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas, or ESHA. Phase 2C is currently under development, and 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 in 2011, the Board adopted new policies/standards for reasonable accommodation as a part of the Housing Element (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.

LCP amendments are an extensive process. First, the amendments must be prepared and approved by the local jurisdiction, and 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 ED’s determination.



What’s New?

Phase 2B LCP Amendments - Board of Supervisors Hearing

The cover letter and exhibits were submitted for a public hearing before the Coastal Commission, and the hearing is tentatively scheduled to occur between March 8th and March 10th, 2017. The submittal documents are available by clicking on the links provided below:

All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard at the Coastal Commission hearing, which will be held in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, County Government Center, Hall of Administration, 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, California, 93009. When it is available, this webpage will be updated with the precise hearing date and time (either on March 8th, 9th, or 10th). Please call the case planner, Aaron Engstrom at (805) 654-2936 with questions.

During the Planning Commission Hearing, one of the public comments included the following report which is available for public review here:
Final Marin State Route 1 Repair Guidelines (see comment letter “N” in Exhibit 10)




Phase 2A is Nearing Completion

Phase 2A was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on June 21, 2016 and it was certified by the Coastal Commission on December 8, 2016 with modifications. The Coastal-Commission suggested nine modifications which are scheduled to be heard by the Board of Supervisors on March 14, 2017. The Phase 2A amendment package addresses the following subjects: Archaeological/Paleontological Resources, Filming, Signs, Parking and Loading Requirements, Tree Protection, Water Efficient Landscaping, and Notice Requirements.

All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard at the Board of Supervisors hearing on Tuesday, March 14th at 11:30 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, County Government Center, Hall of Administration, 800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura, California, 93009. Please consider that only the nine modifications suggested by the Coastal Commission will be heard. The remainder of the Phase 2A LCP amendments were adopted by the Board in 2016 and will not be heard by the Board again. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in this meeting, please call (805) 654 2805. Note: From time to time, hearings are cancelled or rescheduled. We recommend that you contact the case planner Jennifer Welch (Jennifer.welch@ventura.org) at (805) 654-2465 with questions regarding Phase 2A, to submit comments regarding the nine modification, or to confirm the public hearing date.

Comments can also be sent via mail to:


County of Ventura
C/O RMA-Planning Division L-1740
Jennifer Welch
800 S. Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009-1740




Existing Local Coastal Plan

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




Coastal Maps


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