Phase I Grant
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:
- Click Here for the VC Resilient Planning Commission Work Session PowerPoint Presentation.
Board of Supervisors Work Session (Completed During Phase I)
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.
- Click Here for the VC Resilient Board of Supervisors Work Session Materials
- Click Here for the VC Resilient Board of Supervisors Work Session PowerPoint Presentation
At the work session, a request to apply for a grant to conduct Phase 2 of VC Resilient was authorized.
Phase II Grant
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.
Other Useful Links for the VC Resilient ProjectPlease click on the links below to access the PowerPoint slideshows from public workshops for the Vulnerability Assessment that occurred on April 11, 2018.
- Public Workshop "Frequently Asked Questions" handout (Completed During Phase I) Click Here
- Workshop #1 (North-and Central Coast Focused; Completed During Phase I) PowerPoint Slideshow
- Workshop #2 (South-Coast Focused; Completed During Phase I) PowerPoint Slideshow
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 Area Plan
- Coastal Zoning Ordinance
- Categorical Exclusion Order (E-83-1 & E-83-1A)
Coastal Maps for the Unincorporated Coastal Zone
- North Coast Land Use Designation Map
- North Coast Zoning Map
- North Coast Aerial Map
- Central Coast Land Use Designation Map
- Central Coast Zoning Map
- Central Coast Aerial Map
- South Coast Land Use Designation Map
- South Coast Zoning Map
- South Coast Aerial Map
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