Agricultural Worker Housing Regulations in the Non-Coastal Zone (Housing Element Program)

In order to address the County’s 2014-2021 Housing Element Program, Planning Division staff is in the process of evaluating development standards applicable to discretionary farmworker housing complexes and adopt new or amend existing development standards, if warranted, to facilitate more construction of these units. Any updates to the existing development standards will be conducted in consultation with farmworker housing organizations.

In addition, it is anticipated that amendments to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance will be required, for consistency with State Law to implement the Employee Housing Act (California Health and Safety Code, Section 17000-17062.5), regulated by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

A Public Review Draft of the ordinance was made available on October 14, 2021, and staff received comments on this public review draft until October 29, 2021. A copy of the Public Review Draft is available here. Note: Based on comments received, an updated version of the draft ordinance was posted as part of the Planning Commission packet on the Planning Division website. See below for a link to the Planning Commission Hearing Agenda and Materials.

Staff intends to present the draft ordinance to the Board of Supervisors in February 2022, and post-adoption tasks (such as preparation of public information materials and updates to permitting documents) will be completed by Spring 2022.

Upcoming Meetings:

Planning Commission Hearing – December 16, 2021

The County of Ventura’s Planning Division is presenting the following item to the Ventura County Planning Commission on Thursday, December 16, 2021 (Agenda Item 7B, PL19-0105). The agenda and documents for this project can be accessed on the County of Ventura's Planning Division website at this link. The same link can be used to observe the hearing on the date.

Please note that simultaneous interpretation in Spanish will be available for this item at the hearing. If you wish to comment prior to or before the hearing, or participate in Spanish on the day of the hearing, please see the directions provided at this link.

Board of Supervisors Hearing – February 15, 2022 (tentative date)

Previous Meetings:

Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) - October 20, 2021

Planning Division staff presented the Public Review Draft Ordinance to the Ventura County APAC via Zoom on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, to get comments and recommendations from the Committee on the proposed zoning ordinance amendments to Agricultural Worker Housing regulations.

Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) - December 9, 2020

Planning Division staff presented an item to the Ventura County APAC via Zoom on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, to get early feedback from the Committee on proposed zoning ordinance amendments to Agricultural Worker Housing regulations in the non-coastal areas of the County. Staff summarized preliminary draft concepts in a presentation with a discussion to follow. See the staff presentation to APAC here.

How to get involved?

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Questions regarding this project may be directed to the Project Planner, Ruchita Kadakia, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (805) 654-2414.

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