Ventura County Board of Supervisors Illegally Changed the Joint Powers Agreement of the North Ventura Avenue Area Plan; FW: Ventura County Board of Supervisors Agenda Item 54, October 20, 2020 RV Parking on County Streets
By Kioren Moss
This is a major scandal of unprecedented nature. The County government, under the aegis of Steve Bennett, illegally changed the North Ventura Avenue Area Plan agreement, illegally and improperly.
As I understand the law:
The County of Ventura cannot change any ordinance pertaining to the North Ventura Avenue Area Plan without the City of Ventura’s City Council approval. It is a joint powers agreement.
The County of Ventura therefore illegally created a new ordinance allowing RV camping for homeless people on the County roadways in the North Ventura Avenue Area Plan shared jurisdictional area.
The Powerpoint presentations in the link below tell the story.
The County of Ventura also illegally removed the parcels north of the City of Ventura’s water treatment plant from the North Ventura Avenue Area Plan, by doing so without the approval of the City of Ventura’s city council. This was also without public notice and without notice to the affected property owners.
The County of Ventura has also illegally approved projects in the district where only joint agreements between the agencies have standing.
Historically, the Los Cabos Lane tract was approved by both the County of Ventura and the City of Ventura, and the City used it as part of their Regional Housing Needs Assessment compliance with the Southern California Association of Governments.
Also, both agencies approved the concrete batch plant on Ventura Avenue at Canada Larga, originally Concrete Express. They also jointly approved the expansion of what we call the Pepsi Plant on Ventura Avenue.
The North Ventura Avenue Area Plan of September, 2020, appears to have muddled the joint powers characteristic of the prior version. It is contained in the Appendix, but there is no resolution dissolving it.
When was this massive change presented to the community?
The North Avenue area WAS under a joint powers agreement with the City of Ventura called the North Ventura Avenue Area Plan, requiring both the City and the County approve any planning actions there. It is within the Sphere of Influence of the City of Ventura, and within its Planning Area.
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Kioren Moss is a real estate appraisers & advisor