The State of California regulates land division through the Subdivision Map Act (Government Code section 66410 et seq.). Local jurisdictions are required to develop a Subdivision Ordinance which can regulate and control subdivisions of land, consistent with the Subdivision Map Act.
The State’s Subdivision Map Act has been amended a number of times since the Board of Supervisors adopted the current County Subdivision Ordinance in 2011. Recent court cases clarified that certain requirements of the Subdivision Map Act should be incorporated as amendments to the ordinance.
The proposed amendments to the Subdivision Ordinance would be applicable Countywide, and would not alter any adopted land use plans, zoning, or development-related policies. The purpose of these proposed amendments is to do the following:
- incorporate amendments to the State Subdivision Map Act;
- better implement County General Plan policies; and
- clarify, augment, and streamline the Subdivision Ordinance to more accurately reflect the current standards and practices involved in processing subdivision requests.
In 2014, the Board of Supervisors approved a scope of work, budget, and schedule for this project, but its initiation was delayed due to lack of staff resources. Planning Division staff is now working with staff from the County Surveyor's office and County Counsel's office to complete this ordinance update. All amendments to the Subdivision Ordinance will ultimately be reviewed by the Ventura County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.
Planning staff expects to complete this project by Summer 2019.