Ventura County General Plan Update Important July 7 Meeting

By Sheryl Hamlin

The County of Ventura will be updating the General Plan, which is the document that defines the Countys goals, policies, and programs and provides the basis for its future growth and development.


The General Plan is an important planning tool that is required by State law to be updated from time to time. This planned update will ensure that information in the General Plan is current and that the General Plan’s goals, policies, and land use programs are consistent with the community’s vision for the future of unincorporated Ventura County.

This General Plan Update is still in its initial stages and a timeline has not yet been prepared. However, throughout the update process, community involvement will be welcomed and encouraged. Workshops and meetings will be held on a regular basis and the public will be invited to comment on the draft General Plan elements and the environmental impact report.

This website will provide up-to-date information on the General Plan Update process. As the General Plan documents are prepared, they will be placed on this site. Information regarding upcoming workshops and meetings will be posted to this site and meeting materials will also be placed on this website.


If you have any comments or questions regarding the Ventura County General Plan Update, or would like to add your name to the projects email list, please contact Kim Prillhart at [email protected] or 805-654-2481.


Upcoming Joint Study Session and Public Workshop

The public is invited to attend the upcoming Joint Study Session & Public Workshop to learn about the General Plan Update and the newly created Work Program Options Report. As the next step in the General Plan Update Work Program, findings from the Work Program Options Report will be shared with the Countys citizens, Supervisors, Planning Commissioners and other stakeholders in the Joint Study Session & Public Workshop scheduled to occur at the County Government Center on July 7th 2015 at 1:30 PM in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room. In hosting the Joint Study Session & Public Workshop, the County hopes to move forward in creating a vision and guiding principles for the General Plan Update.

The County of Venturas General Plan Update Work Program continues following compilation of findings from public input provided by the public workshops and stakeholder interviews held in April 2015. Using the information provided during Aprils public outreach efforts, the Countys Planning Division staff and consultants have produced a Work Program Options Report which will be introduced to the Countys citizens, Supervisors, and Planning Commissioners during a Joint Study Session & Public Workshop on July 7th. The Joint Study Session & Public Workshop will introduce and discuss results of the public workshops and stakeholder interviews as well as other findings of the Work Program Options Report. Summaries of the public workshops and stakeholder interviews can be viewed or downloaded using the links below:

Ventura County General Plan Update Work Program: Public Workshop Summary

Ventura County General Plan Update Work Program: Stakeholder Interview Summary

Additional detailed information about what a General Plan is and why Ventura County is updating its General Plan can be found at General Plan Update Work Program or by exploring the April 22nd and 23rd Ventura County General Plan Update Public Workshop Presentation.



Sheryl Hamlin: With an MS in Industrial Engineering, Sheryl Hamlin spent years in technology with stints at Motorola, Tandem Computers and various startups. She has been on the boards of neighborhood organizations both in San Francisco and Palm Springs where planning issues were her specialty. She now resides in Santa Paula and loves the historic fabric of the city.  Ms. Hamlin’s blog Stealth Fashion  and  technology product ‘ Plug and Play Webmaster’.

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