Coastal hazards associated with sea-level rise could have significant impacts on Ventura County. Recently, the County was awarded a Local Coastal Program Local Assistance Grant from the California Coastal Commission and the California Coastal Conservancy to draft regulatory and adaptive strategies in response to sea-level rise hazards (VC Resilient). A balanced and forward-thinking response to sea-level rise requires informative and accurate sea-level rise projections that span well into the future. Based on the technical information gathered during VC Resilient, the County will develop new planning tools to effectively respond to sea-level rise.
The Planning Division is responsible for administration of the County’s General Plan, Coastal Area Plan, and Coastal Zoning Ordinance. Currently, the Planning Division in conjunction with the Public Works Department Watershed Protection District and Land Development Services Section review new projects for potential hazards associated with sea-level rise and storm events, but specific County policies or regulations pertaining to sea-level rise are needed. It is anticipated that the policies resulting from VC Resilient will provide a higher level of certainty for County staff, the Coastal Commission, landowners and businesses when processing land use and development permits.
The coastal zone in unincorporated Ventura County covers 42 miles of coastline. Land uses along the county’s coastline include 7.5 linear miles of public beaches, 411 acres of State beach parks, critical infrastructure such as harbors and State highways, small residential communities, agricultural fields, and two federal military installations.
The primary goals of VC Resilient are:
- Assess vulnerabilities and the adaptive capacity of Ventura County’s coastline.
- Develop long-range land use strategies that can be used to respond to sea-level rise hazards and reduce risks along the coastline.
- Effectively communicate with the public to gather input and understand the risks
Effectively communicate with the public to gather input and understand the risks. The project will include analysis of various sea-level rise projections in order to use the best information available. Links to two sea-level rise models with projections are provided below:
Existing Local Coastal Plan
See the existing Ventura County Planning documents for the LCP here:
- North Coast Land Use Map
- North Coast Zoning Map
- North Coast Aerial Map
- Central Coast Land Use Map
- Central Coast Zoning Map
- Central Coast Aerial Map
- South Coast Land Use Map
- South Coast Zoning Map
- South Coast Aerial Map
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