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On November 3, 2020, Ventura County voters passed Measure O to allow cultivation of cannabis and ancillary activities in unincorporated Ventura County under certain conditions and standards and with proper permits. In addition to the successful completion of the state licensing process, entities wishing to engage in commercial cannabis cultivation within the county unincorporated area must also obtain two separate county permits: (1) A Cannabis Business License; and, (2) A Land Use/Entitlement Permit (i.e., Zoning Clearance). Both applications, including detailed instructions and step-by-step guidance regarding the Cannabis Business License and Zoning Clearance application processes and requirements can be found at the County Executive Office’s website at: https://www.ventura.org/cannabis/businesslicense.
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Applicable definitions of the listed sensitive uses are provided in Section 2701 of the Ventura County Ordinance Code and are also provided below:
“Premises” means the designated structure or structures and land specified in the state application that is owned, leased or otherwise held under the control of the applicant where the commercial cannabis activity will be or is conducted.
“School” means an institution of learning for minors, whether public or private, offering a regular course of instruction required by the Education Code, or any preschool facility. This definition includes a nursery school, preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle or junior high school, senior high school, or any special institution of education, but it does not include a vocational or professional institution of higher education, including a community or junior college, or day care centers or youth centers.
“Day care center” means licensed infant centers, preschools, extended day care facilities, and school age child care centers, and includes child care centers licensed pursuant to Section 1596.95 of the Health and Safety Code, but does not include family day care homes.
“Youth centers” means any public or licensed private facility that is primarily used to host recreational or social activities for minors, including, but not limited to, private youth membership organizations or clubs, social service teenage club facilities, video arcades, or similar amusement park facilities.
“Drug rehabilitation center” means a state or local agency, a licensed private or nonprofit entity or combination thereof that operates drug abuse rehabilitation programs or offers medical or psychotherapeutic treatment for dependency on psychoactive substances.
“Park” means an area of land used for community recreation owned or operated by a public entity. This definition does not include any state or federal park or forestland.
“Residential neighborhood” means any of the urban residential zones enumerated in section 8104-3 as of March 4, 2020.
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You may submit comments about the VC Resilient Coastal Adaptation Project and how you think the County should plan for sea level rise and coastal hazards in the form below at any time. These comments will help inform Planning Division staff on community concerns about sea level rise and help to begin a discussion about sea level rise adaptation measures.
In 2018 the Coastal Commission awarded a grant to the County to conduct VC Resilient Phase I. The first step in the VC Resilient Project was development of a Vulnerability Assessment (click here). This assessment is an informational document that highlights potential impacts using three different sea level rise scenarios across the entire unincorporated County coastline. The Vulnerability Assessment includes analysis of sea level rise projections out to the year 2100. The best available science was used to complete the report with a range of projections, including those that we already face with high tides and storms.
Phase I also included a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies Report (click here) that is an informational document that provides a summary of the Vulnerability Assessment results, describes various adaptation strategies that could be used to improve the resilience of unincorporated Ventura County, and provides some examples of adaptation pathways to help illustrate coastal adaptation planning approaches.
Planning Commission Work Session (Completed During Phase I)
The Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Strategies Report was reviewed and discussed during a work session before the Ventura County Planning Commission on March 7, 2019. The reports were revised based on comments received from the Planning Commission, Coastal Commission staff, and the public. The PowerPoint slideshow for the Planning Commission work session is available by clicking on the link below:
On September 10, 2019 a sea level rise work session was held by the Board of Supervisors. This public hearing provided an opportunity for public input, to share information on the County’s sea level rise vulnerabilities, and to receive Board guidance on proposed preliminary draft sea level rise policies and programs in key topical areas. This work session concluded Phase 1 of the VC Resilient Project. This work session did not include the formal adoption of any ordinance amendments or Coastal Area Plan policies. Rather, it focused on presenting information and tools to begin a conversation on how best to adapt to sea level rise. The proposed preliminary draft sea level rise policies, Board letter, PowerPoint slideshow and accompanying documents are available through the links below.
At the work session, a request to apply for a grant to conduct Phase 2 of VC Resilient was authorized.
In early 2020 the Coastal Commission awarded a grant to the County to conduct VC Resilient Phase II. This next phase will include more detailed technical analyses, coordination with County staff in various departments, and additional public outreach. This will be followed by public hearings before the Ventura County Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, and the Coastal Commission to certify Local Coastal Program coastal hazards policies and related Coastal Zoning Ordinance amendments. The grant for Phase II is scheduled to conclude in March 2022.
Links to two established sea level rise models that were used to develop the Vulnerability Assessment are provided below:
Existing Local Coastal Program
Click here to access any of the following Ventura County LCP Planning documents:
Coastal Maps for the Unincorporated Coastal Zone
Sea level rise adaptation approaches generally fall into three main categories: protect, accommodate, or retreat. The most effective adaptation plan will use a combination of these approaches over time. A combination, or “hybrid” approach to adaptation allows for changing conditions and balances economic, environmental, and safety goals over time.
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Protection strategies employ some sort of engineered structure or other measure to defend development (or other resources) in its current location without changes to the development itself. Protection strategies can be divided into “gray” and “green” defensive measures, and then further divided into “hard” and “soft” measures. A “gray”, “hard” approach is usually an engineered structure that can be positioned either alongshore (such as a seawall, revetment, or offshore breakwater) or cross-shore (such as a groin or harbor jetty). Cross-shore structures tend to trap sand and widen the beach up-coast of the structure. A “soft” protection approach may be to nourish beaches, while a “green”, “soft” approach may be to restore sand dunes.
The California Coastal Act allows protective devices for coastal-dependent uses, existing structures, and public beaches at risk of erosion when these seawalls and revetments are designed to eliminate or mitigate adverse impacts on local shoreline sand supply. It also directs that new development is sited and designed to not require future protection that may alter a natural shoreline. It is important to note that most protective devices are costly to construct, require steadily increasing maintenance costs, and have impacts on recreation, habitat, and natural defenses such as beaches and wetlands.
Accommodation strategies increase resilience to the impacts of sea level rise by employing methods that modify existing development or design new development to decrease hazard risks. On an individual project scale, these accommodation strategies include actions such as elevating structures, performing retrofits, using materials to increase the strength of development to handle additional wave impacts, building structures that can easily be removed during storms, or using additional setback distances to account for acceleration of erosion. On a community-scale, the accommodation strategies could be integrated into the land use plans, zoning ordinances, and strategic planning documents for partner agencies.
Retreat strategies relocate or remove existing development out of hazard areas and limit the construction of new development in vulnerable areas. This approach is not an evacuation, but rather a strategic means of relocating the most vulnerable development and infrastructure out of harm’s way while maintaining coastal resources and access for future generations. Such strategies are commonly considered as longer-term options.
Inevitably, any successful adaptation effort will require a range of strategies that vary across both spatial and temporal scales. Consistent monitoring and thresholds associated with the changing sea levels can be used to transition from one strategy to the other. Once a given sea level rise amount is reached, the planning or implementation of another strategy would be triggered. Even though every approach will be some form of a hybrid, it is useful to think about the general categories of adaptation strategies described above to help frame the discussion.
Avoiding “maladaptation” is an important component of long-term planning for sea level rise. It occurs when an adaptation strategy becomes more harmful than helpful. When identifying appropriate adaptation responses, the following principles reduce the risk of maladaptation (Barnett, J. & O’Neill; Maladaptation, Global Climate Change; 2010):
The strategy should reduce decision-making time horizons to better incorporate the evolving science of sea level rise.
The strategy should not increase long-term greenhouse gas emissions.
The strategy should account for long-term maintenance costs over time, and those costs should be lower than they would be without use of the strategy.
One adaptation measure may reduce an identified hazard in the short term but also lead to unintended secondary effects in the long-term. An example of maladaptation is the levee system for the City of New Orleans. While the levees provided for short-term adaptation and allowed communities to remain in areas that lie below sea level, they increased the long-term vulnerability to flooding¾ both by providing a false sense of security and by being under-engineered or insufficiently maintained to account for the impact of large storm events.
The Planning Division’s Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies Report is available by clicking on the link below. The Adaptation Strategies Report provides a summary of the Vulnerability Assessment results, describes various adaptation strategies that could be used to improve the resilience of unincorporated Ventura County, and provides examples of adaptation pathways to help illustrate coastal adaptation planning approaches.
The revised Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies Report was reviewed and discussed during a work session before the Ventura County Planning Commission on March 7, 2019 and the Board of Supervisors on September 10, 2019. The Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies Report and PowerPoint slideshow for the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors work sessions are available by clicking on the links below:
Click here to complete a brief survey to provide your opinion on sea level rise adaptation planning
As temperatures increase globally, sea levels are subsequently rising as a result of a few major factors. First, as ocean temperatures warm, the water in the ocean expands and occupies more space, resulting in higher sea levels. Second, increased temperatures lead mountain glaciers and ice caps to melt at faster rates, increasing the water in the ocean. Extreme ice loss from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets is increasing the amount of water in the ocean. If all the ice on earth was to melt, sea levels would rise by approximately 220 feet above present-day levels! Ice melt is predicted to soon become the primary contributor to global sea-level rise. In California, ice loss from Antarctica, causes higher sea-level rise than the global average. For example, if the loss of Antarctic ice were to cause global sea-level to rise by 1 foot, the associated sea-level rise in California would be about 1.25 feet (OPC, 2018).
Scientific understanding of sea level rise is constantly evolving and advancing rapidly, as understanding grows of the natural climate cycles and human impacts. The exact rate and magnitude of sea level rise over the next century is uncertain, though it is steadily increasing. Sea level rise is a slow-moving threat, but this is not a reason for inaction. The first step in effective sea level rise planning is to understand the amount the sea will rise and where impacts are likely to occur.
By the year 2100, the sea level is expected to rise between 3 feet to over 10 feet. The range reflects variations in future climate change emissions, ocean warming, and ice sheet loss (Parris et al. 2012). In the US, A 5-foot increase in water levels caused by sea level rise is estimated to affect 499,822 people, 644,143 acres, 209,737 homes, and $105.2 billion of property value in coastal areas across the United States (Climate Central, 2014).Sea level rise will not have the same effect everywhere around the world. Local sea level rise is measured using data collected by tide gauges. The Santa Monica tide gauge shows an average historical rate of sea level rise of about 1.5 mm per year, an average of about a half an inch per decade. Given the existing GHG emissions, the long-term time scale, and feedback mechanisms evaluated in the latest science, the rate of sea level rise is projected to accelerate in the future, resulting in an increasingly upward curve (see figure below).
The numbers in the table on the right are color-coded to represent the solid lines in the chart above, they show the amounts of sea level rise that are projected to occur along the lines at specific years. For example, the purple line shows that by the year 2100, there could be over 10 feet of sea level rise. When sea level rise combines with coastal storms, the flooding becomes even more severe, as described further below.
Locally, early impacts of rising seas are already being experienced, including coastal flooding during storms, periodic tidal flooding, and increased coastal erosion. Sea level rise will lead to higher tides, more extensive coastal flooding. Rising sea levels alone will not be the primary cause of damage to County resources and infrastructure. These impacts will be caused by coastal erosion during large wave events.
Ventura County is working in collaboration with community stakeholders to identify the impacts sea level rise will have on the County. The Ventura County Planning Division, through the VC Resilient Coastal Adaptation Project, is planning for sea level rise in the unincorporated areas which includes the 29 miles of coastline shown in the map below. Sea level rise will not have the same effect everywhere. For example, in unincorporated Ventura County, the mountainous coastal areas on the North and South Coast (red and yellow-colored areas on the map below) fewer acres of land will be affected by sea level rise compared to the low lying, relatively flat Central Coast (green-colored areas on the map) on the Oxnard Plain.
The first step in the VC Resilient Project was development of a Vulnerability Assessment that was completed in 2018. This assessment is an informational document that highlights potential impacts using three different sea level rise scenarios across the entire unincorporated County coastline that extend out to year 2100. The report also estimated the combined effects of sea level rise with powerful waves from coastal storms, extreme rain events that could overtop the banks of the Santa Clara River, and erosion of shoreline beaches and bluffs. The best available science was used to complete the report.
According to the Vulnerability Assessment, only 8 inches of sea level rise in the unincorporated areas of the County would expose 1,580 acres of prime agricultural land, 1,516 structures, and over 33 miles of roadways to coastal hazards. With about 5 feet of sea level rise, these estimates increase to 2,085 acres of prime agricultural land, 2,230 structures, and 54 miles of roadways. The economic impacts could be severe, with over $2.3 billion in property at risk due to coastal flooding and erosion during a large coastal storm that combines with 5 feet of sea level rise. Over $800 million in property values could be exposed to monthly tidal inundation. Also, the report estimated that coastal flooding and tidal inundation could result in around $30 to $58 million in economic loss due to decreased agricultural productivity.
Click here to watch a brief video which provides an overview of sea level rise science and the Vulnerability Assessment results.
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Click on the links below to read the Vulnerability Assessment. Due to the large file size, the assessment has been broken into segments.
The Vulnerability Assessment is a starting point for a common understanding of the risks, but it does not provide solutions. There are few easy solutions and most require additional coordination and dialogue with members of the public, including private landowners, with surrounding cities, and with other state and federal resource agencies. This first step is a comprehensive look at the resources that are exposed and an evaluation of how sensitive these assets are to sea level rise.
Click here to learn about Sea Level Rise Adaptation and to review the Adaptation Report.