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The County of Ventura launched a Housing Element Update in 2020. This website provides up-to-date information on the Housing Element Update process, including information on upcoming community workshops, meetings, documents prepared for the Housing Element Update, the project timeline, and opportunities to provide feedback. The current 2014-2021 Housing Element remains active until the 2021-2029 Housing Element is adopted and certified.
The County, along with all California cities and counties, is required to adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the unincorporated communities, and to update its plan every eight years. The Housing Element is a mandated element of the County’s General Plan and is the only element that must be updated on a set schedule and then certified by the State.
The foundation for the Housing Element is the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), in which the State estimates each region’s housing needs for all income groups for the upcoming eight years. Each region then determines how much of the region's total housing needs will be assigned to each city and county within the region. Jurisdictions do not construct the housing units but are required by the State to demonstrate in their planning documents that enough land is properly zoned to accommodate the identified existing and future housing needs within the planning period.
Ventura County falls within the Southern California Association of Governments, or SCAG region. The County's portion of the SCAG RHNA target for the 2021-2029 Housing Element period is proposed to be 1,259 homes, with finalization of this number expected by SCAG in August 2020. This housing goal is further broken down by income category. The Housing Element Update FAQ provides more detailed information on the draft RHNA targets assigned to the County by income group. For more information on RHNA and the RHNA allocation process, visit the SCAG website.
The 2021-2029 Housing Element is the sixth update to the Housing Element and is sometimes referred to as the 6th Cycle Housing Element. In this Housing Element, the County must identify enough potentially developable land zoned for residential use to meet the County’s new RHNA housing targets and must provide goals, objectives, policies, and programs to meet the housing needs of its citizens.
Because the Housing Element is updated frequently, the previous element provides a foundation for this update. The new update also provides an opportunity to evaluate the previous Housing Element and determine which parts were effective and which should be improved. Read the County’s 2014-2021 Housing Element for more information on existing housing policies and programs.
The Housing Element typically includes seven major components, including the following:
To submit comments at anytime throughout the Housing Element update process, please complete the form below.
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Case Number PL19-0046
Somis Ranch Partners, LLC, Applicant
The project applicant requests (1) a Tentative Parcel Map (TPM) to authorize the four-lot subdivision of an existing legal lot; (2) a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to authorize the construction of a community waste water treatment facility (CWWTF); and (3) a Planned Development (PD) Permit to authorize the construction of a 360-unit farmworker housing complex. The proposed farmworker housing complex is intended to be 100 percent affordable to farmworkers who qualify as lower income, which is classified as individuals and families who make 80 percent or below of the area median income.
The approximately 36.4-acre project site is located at 2789 Somis Road on Assessor Parcel Number (APN) 156-018-048. The project site is situated just north of the intersection of Somis Road (State Route 34)/Las Posas Road, immediately north of and adjacent to the City of Camarillo.
The project was submitted to the County on May 17, 2019. To comply with the California Environmental Quality Act, the Planning Division determined that an Environmental Impact Report was required. The DEIR includes analysis of potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed project and covers the full range of environmental topics contemplated under CEQA and the CEQA Guidelines.
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