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planning local coastal

The County of Ventura is completing a series of amendments to 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 standards. LCP updates require approval by the Board of Supervisors and the California Coastal Commission before they become effective.

Section 3 below includes information about each LCP update, which were funded with federal and State grants for LCP updates, as well as matching County funds.  The final series of the LCP amendments is Phase 2C. For a detailed discussion about Phase 2C, see Sections 1 and 2 below.

This webpage includes updates to the LCP amendment process, which can be accessed by clicking on the following links:

  1. What’s New
  2. Phase 2C Amendment Process
  3. Background of LCP Updates (Phases 1-2C)
  4. Local Coastal Program Certification Process
  5. LCP Maps

1. What’s New?

On October 19, 2021 the Ventura County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the Phase 2C amendments and the California Coastal Commission unanimously certified the amendments with modifications on April 6, 2022. A public hearing has been scheduled with the Ventura County Board of Supervisors on July 26, 2022 to review and adopt the Commission’s changes.  For a detailed description of the LCP amendment process, see Section 2 (below).


2. Phase 2C Amendment Process  

The Phase 2C amendments to the Local Coastal Program (Case Number PL17-0083) are focused on modifications to the Coastal Area Plan and Coastal Zoning Ordinance to address Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas, or ESHA. The County’s ESHA regulations date from the 1980s, when the Local Coastal Program was first enacted. An updated set of policies and standards is needed to bring the County’s regulations into conformance with federal, state and local standards. The Phase 2C amendments include updated definitions/standards for ESHA and Dark Skies outdoor lighting in the Santa Monica Mountains, based in part on the recently adopted standards for the Santa Monica Mountains in Los Angeles County. In addition to ESHA, Phase 2C includes minor amendments to remove the Harbor Planned Development (HPD) zone from the Coastal Zoning Ordinance, as the zone is no longer used in the County.

The public review version of the draft Phase 2C amendments, as well as informational materials were first posted on April 30, 2018. The public comment period extended through June 1, 2018. The public outreach program included three community meetings held on May 9, 10, and 11, 2018 (see Public Meeting Summary table in Section 3 below). Scheduled meeting dates/times were posted on this webpage and the list of interested parties for Local Coastal Program amendments were sent a notification via email. The proposed amendments were presented to county, state, and federal agencies at an interagency briefing on May 7, 2018, as well as the Agricultural Policy and Advisory Committee on July 11, 2018.

The proposed Phase 2C amendments were originally presented to the Ventura County Planning Commission on August 23, 2018. The Planning Commission recommended adoption to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, along with some additional research. In August 2021, the Phase 2C amendments were brought back to the Planning Commission because of the substantive changes that were needed to align the amendments with new state fire safety laws (AB 2911); pesticide laws (AB 1788) and other Local Coastal Program pesticide amendments that were recently certified by the California Coastal Commission for the City of Malibu. Other County projects were also integrated into the proposed amendments, including the Board’s Dark Sky outdoor lighting directive for the Santa Monica Mountains (October 4, 2016 Board of Supervisors Hearing, Item 28), and ESHA policies and standards related to the County’s Sea Level Rise project. General formatting corrections, reorganization, and revisions to the Coastal Initial Study Biological Assessment Appendix were also made for clarity and readability.

During the August 19, 2021 Planning Commission hearing, the Phase 2C amendments were recommended for approval by the Planning Commission to the Board of Supervisors by a 4 to 1 vote. The Planning Commission also directed Planning Division staff to complete the following actions prior to the Board of Supervisors hearing: 1) apply permitting requirements for the use of toxic substances to “new development and development that involves the use and application of pesticides” (when in the Santa Monica Mountains or applied by County agencies); 2) require that biological surveys of Western monarch overwintering roost sites are conducted by two independent qualified biologists for initial studies; and, 3) Planning Division staff were directed to consult with the City of Malibu on its adoption of similar toxic substance regulations to identify any lessons learned or implementation challenges. To review the video and minutes from the meeting, please visit the Planning Commission website hearing archives for the August 19, 2021 hearing at: vcrma.org/planning-commission.

On October 19, 2021 the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Phase 2C amendments by a 5 to 0 vote. To review the video and minutes from the meeting, please visit ventura.org/board-of-supervisors/agendas-documents-and-broadcasts/.

On April 6, 2022 the California Coastal Commission certified the Phase 2C amendments with the modifications recommended by Coastal Commission staff. To review the video and minutes from the meeting, please see Agenda Item 11 here https://cal-span.org/unipage?site=cal-span&owner=CCC&date=2022-04-06  

On July 26, 2022 the Board of Supervisors will review the Coastal Commission’s suggested modifications at a public hearing (see the table below for more details).  Should the Board of Supervisors accept the Coastal Commission’s modifications, the Phase 2C amendments will go back to the California Coastal Commission for final approval and then the amendments will be considered effective.

The tables below represent future and past public outreach efforts associated with the adoption and certification of the Phase 2C LCP amendments.  If you have questions and/or comments associated with the Phase 2C LCP amendments, please contact case planner Abigail Convery at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 805-654-2489.

Upcoming Public Meetings for Phase 2C Amendments  

Hearing Body

Date and Time

 Hearing Location

Links to LCP Update Materials
Board of Supervisors July 26, 2022
1:30 PM
800 S. Victoria Avenue
Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room
Hall of Administration – Government Center
Ventura, CA 93009
CCC Staff Action Letter and Suggested Modifications

Draft Coastal Area Plan in legislative format

Draft Coastal Zoning Ordinance in legislative format

Final Coastal Commission Certification Hearing

Summer/Fall 2022

To Be Determined

Proposed amendment package will be made available here.

Public Meetings Completed for Phase 2C Amendments

Audience

Date and Time

Location

Links to LCP Update Materials
Coastal Commission Certification Hearing April 6, 2022
9:00 AM
800 S. Victoria Avenue
Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room
Hall of Administration – Government Center
Ventura, CA 93009

Item W11a: County of Ventura Local Coastal Program Amendment No. LCP-4-VNT-21-0069-2 (ESHA)

Check the Coastal Commission’s website for the staff report and more meeting information at www.coastal.ca.gov/mtgcurr.html

Board of Supervisors

Tuesday October 19, 2021
3:00 PM

Online Hearing
Planning Commission

Tuesday
August 19, 2021
8:30 AM

Online Hearing

Santa Monica Mountains Fuel Modification and Outdoor Lighting Outreach Webinar

Thursday
April 16, 2020
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Online Webinar

Planning Commission Thursday
August 23, 2018
8:30 AM
800 S. Victoria Avenue
Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room
Hall of Administration – Government Center
Ventura, CA 93009

Central Coast Subarea

Wednesday
May 9, 2018
6:00 to 7:30 PM

Senior Activity Room
Orvene Carpenter Center
550 Park Avenue
Port Hueneme, CA

Public Review Drafts Dated 4/30/18

  

  

South Coast Subarea

Thursday
May 10, 2018
6:00 to 7:30 PM

Fire Station 56
11855 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA

North Coast Subarea

Friday
May 11, 2018
2:00 to 3:30 PM

Pacific Conference Room Hall of Justice - Government Center
800 S. Victoria Street
Ventura, CA

 

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3. Background of LCP Updates (Phases 1-2C)

Three of the four sets of amendments (Phase 1, Phase 2A and Phase 2B) are complete and are now incorporated into the Existing Local Coastal Program, while the fourth set of amendments (Phase 2C) is an active project within the Planning Division. Listed below is a brief description of the series of Local Coastal Program amendments:

  • Phase 1 - The Phase 1 amendment package 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 Coastal Zoning Ordinance 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 Coastal Zoning Ordinance was originally adopted in the 1980s.

  • Phase 2A - The Phase 2A amendment package included policy modifications to the Coastal Area Plan (CAP) and Coastal Zoning Ordinance in seven topic areas: archaeological and paleontological resources, filming, parking, public noticing, signs, tree protection and water efficient landscaping. Also, improvements to the Coastal Area Plan included an update of the Summary of Coastal Act Policies. The Phase 2A amendment package 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 March 14, 2017, the Board of Supervisors approved the Coastal Commission’s suggested modifications, and on May 11, 2017 the Coastal Commission completed the certification process. The Phase 2A amendments to the Local Coastal Program became effective on June 1, 2017.

  • Phase 2B - The Phase 2B amendment package included three topics: Coastal Trail, Wireless Communication Facilities, and Civil and Administrative Penalties. Phase 2B also included organizational and formatting improvements to the Coastal Area Plan. The Phase 2B amendment package 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. On April 25, 2017 the Board of Supervisors approved the Coastal Commission’s suggested modifications, and on June 7, 2017 the Coastal Commission completed the certification process. The Phase 2B amendments to the Local Coastal Program became effective on July 1, 2017.

  • Phase 2C - The Phase 2C amendment package is focused on one topic: Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas, or ESHA. Also included are minor amendments to remove an obsolete zone (Harbor Planned Development). Phase 2C is an active project that is currently under development within the Planning Division. For more information on Phase 2C amendments to the Local Coastal Program, see the What’s New section above. 

A separate project, funded through a Local Coastal Program Local Assistance Grant from the California Coastal Commission and the California Coastal Conservancy, is being conducted to draft regulatory and adaptive strategies in response to sea-level rise hazards. For more information on that program, see a separate web page on the Planning Division website titled “VC Resilient Coastal Adaptation Project”.


4. Local Coastal Program Certification Process  

Land use development in the Coastal Zone (click here for map links) is governed by the terms and conditions of the Ventura County Local Coastal Program (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 Coastal Zoning Ordinance 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 Coastal Zoning Ordinance 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 supersedes 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 Local Coastal Program 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.

5. Coastal Maps 

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